The Cracked Crystal Ball II: So … You Think Silence Is An Answer?

There are a number of Jason Kenney’s supporters running around with the mistaken belief that because Kenney refuses to answer questions about his Social Conservative (SoCon) beliefs is somehow an endorsement that he will be benign on those issues should he ever become Alberta’s Premier. Like the CPC policy change last year where they “progressively” ...

The Disaffected Lib: A House Divided

When House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his American Health Care Act bill yesterday he revealed a deeply fractured Republican party. His Congressional Repugs are divided in three camps – moderate or establishment Republicans, Ryan’s Ayn Rand Republicans, and even more radical hard right Republicans. The moderate and the extreme factions wanted nothing to do with ...

Politics and its Discontents: Star Letter-Writers Seldom Disappoint

Whenever I am feeling a bit down about the world around me and the passivity with which so many ‘face’ it, I know I can go to the letters section of The Toronto Star to buoy my spirits. Today is no exception, as readers render judgement on the disgraced Senator Don Meredith and roundly reject ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Brian Jones rightly argues that a fair tax system would go a long way toward eliminating any serious concerns about government deficits. And Marco Chown Oved offers some reason for optimism in the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the Panama Papers. – David Macdonald examines what could have ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Trumpcare Disaster

Well what a difference a day makes. On Thursday Donald Trump was sitting in the cab of a monster truck demanding that Republicans support his plan to replace Obamacare.Or else.And when he woke up yesterday morning, he seemed pretty confident his Trumpcare plan would be approved. But sadly for him, that's as good as it got.Read ...

Northern Reflections: No Man To Do Business With

Yesterday was quite a day. The Republican repudiation of Barack Obama’s health care bill went down to defeat. Ezra Klein doesn’t mince words: Let’s be clear about what happened here. The American Health Care Act failed because it was a terrible piece of legislation. It would have thrown 24 million people off insurance and raised ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The silliness of slagging Sorbara.

This could have run Wednesday but there is really no point in running more than one commentary per day. The problem here is that it does not matter if someone has managed war rooms or washrooms there is absolutely no point to slagging former Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara for telling the truth. This writer has ...

Dead Wild Roses: Reflections on the Woman’s March – Oh those Liberals.

I find it curious that when it comes to feminism as a movement it is often decreed that it must be “inclusive”.  Here is the thing though, feminism is the struggle for female liberation from the patriarchal structures and mandates of society.  The only requirement for membership in feminism is, hold on to your (pussy)-hats, ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump’s Crazy Train Has Already Left the Platform

The Giant Orange Sphincter has spoken. Trump’s long promised health care bill now litters the floor of the House of Representatives and Trump knows who to blame – the minority Democrats.  While his Republicans enjoy a hefty majority in the House, as Trump sees it the Democrats sabotaged his vaunted health care bill. Of course ...

Mind of Dan: I am getting radiated

The hope is that the radiation will stop the growth of my tumour. It wont’t, however, remove it. The success rate is roughly equivalent of the success rate of surgery (90%), and there is a greater chance of not loosing function on the left side of my face and keeping whats left of my hearing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Musical interlude

Chicane – Dandelion

The Decarie Report: March 24: The choice that Justin Trudeau will never make.

                                                                                   Below is an examination of a powerful factor in the manipulation of public opinion ...

Warren Kinsella: As you will see, I can’t stop grinning about the Unpresident’s utter humiliation 

Video: @kinsellawarren discusses what the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare means for Donald Trump in long term https://t.co/ywBAszK0oz — 680 NEWS Toronto (@680NEWS) March 24, 2017

Warren Kinsella: Highly-scientific poll™ on trump’s yuge loss

Vote for your favorite #POTUS @realDonaldTrump loss: — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 24, 2017

Warren Kinsella: You-know-who, right about now

The Disaffected Lib: Got Half an Hour? Find Half an Hour.

Jeremy Scahill dissects his homeland’s descent into fascism and doesn’t spare Obama for his role in it either. Four or five years ago this was a tough argument to swallow. Back then it was the sort of thing you would hear from Chris Hedges. Today it’s a growing chorus of voices echoing Hedges’ warning. Watch ...

Warren Kinsella: “We’ll win so much, you’ll get bored with winning.”

HA HA HA the #GOP are pulling their bill. You have lost, @realDonaldTrump and @SpeakerRyan. You lost. #USPolitics — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 24, 2017 ⚡️ “GOP health care bill withdrawn, House in recess”https://t.co/9XVKypO2jn — Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) March 24, 2017

Canadian Dimension: The US-NATO Invasion of Libya Destroyed the Country Beyond All Recognition

A Libyan rebel celebrates in front of a tank belonging to loyalist forces • Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP On Friday, March 17, hundreds of Libyans came into Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square. They wanted to make a simple statement: end the rule of militias. Since the NATO war of 2011, Libya has been ruled by a patchwork ...

The Disaffected Lib: TrumpCare Gets the Hook

The writing was on the wall when Republican House leader Paul Ryan popped into the White House this morning. He was there to tell Trump that his healthcare bill was going to defeat if it was put to a vote as the Cheeto Benito angrily demanded last night. Then, with the Capital building literally besieged ...

Canadian Dimension: Fighting for union justice on the streets

Richard Dalkeith (L) and Mike Vanveen work on renovations at the SLOW office, November 2016. Photo: Dan Janisse/ Windsor Star. In Windsor, Ontario, when the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association paid to install iron-spiked railings where panhandlers sit, the organization which called attention to it was the Street Labourers of Windsor (SLOW). They also took ...

Canadian Dimension: What we need is a working-class politics

Photo by Daniel Perianu Reflecting on the state of our movement, we should be asking: Is the labour movement better positioned today to influence and affect meaningful change than under Harper? Are the prospects for workers in this country better than they were over the past 10 years? There is no doubt that, after a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Henry Giroux Unpacks Trump’s "Culture of Cruelty"

Henry Giroux looks beyond the callous brutality of the Republican’s American Health Care Act to the larger culture of cruelty being inflicted on America’s most vulnerable by Trump and his Congressional accomplices. For the last 40 years, the United States has pursued a ruthless form of neoliberalism that has stripped economic activity from ethical considerations and ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The 2017 Federal Budget

Here is the link to my analysis and comments re the Limits of Liberalism. http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/andrew_ajackson/2017_federal_budget_end_of_progress

Scripturient: Antarctica’s icy hoaxes return

Under the thick ice of Antarctica lies buried the remains of an advanced civilization, dating back 55,000-65,000 years. So startling was this discovery that world leaders were flown in to the perennially frozen continent to witness for themselves the proof of alien presence on our planet. Or not. Well, really not. Not at all. You ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition

The Broadbent Institute and Douglas-Coldwell Foundation have just published a paper of mine as part of a larger project on social democratic renewal, The paper is mainly retrospective, and touches on social democracy as an approach to economic policy. Comments are most welcome. The link is here: http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/reflections_on_the_social_democratic_tradition 1.0 Executive Summary: The purpose of this ...