daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Rebel Media becomes a wedge issue in the United Conservative Party leadership race

This weekend’s violent march of Nazis and white supremacists through the streets of Charlotteville, Virginia made international headlines and also had repercussions for the United Conservative Party leadership race in Alberta. Leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer, a Calgary lawyer who is trying to position himself as a social moderate in the contest, used this weekend’s dark ...

A. Picazo: How the far-right co-opted “free speech”

This column was published at Maclean’s on May 1, 2017 It was the third time in as many months that supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Berkeley, Calif., the historic birthplace of America’s Free Speech Movement and the cradle of anti-war protests in the Vietnam War era—but when met with counter-protesters on Apr. 15, the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Toward A New Clarity Of Language

With conventional media fighting an ever-growing juggernaut of fake news, news that is either outright lie or gross distortion, two national journals have joined a growing chorus in refusing to use the euphemism alt-right: The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. After much discussion and input, Kathy English, The Star’s Public Editor, reports the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Steve Bannon – Every Demagogue Has One

Think of him as the guy who will toss the red meat to the Gullibillies. Steve Bannon, Trump’s lead strategist designate and former Breitbart chief, has a lot of people very, very nervous. Vice News calls Bannon a right-wing Rottweiler. The Bannon/Breitbart juggernaut has inroads to the radical right across Europe and Israel, pretty much any ...

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Be Under any Illusions. Alt.Right Lives and It Will Have a Voice in Trump’s White House.

I’ve been using the word “AmeriKa” to refer to Trumpland. Now it seems I might be infringing on somebody else’s intellectual property rights. Kinsella found this handbill plastered on what appears to be a light post near his neighbourhood. I was a bit surprised to see the URL for america.org. I was drawn to explore ...