Politics and its Discontents: Engagement Is Always Preferable

There is a strong argument to be made for engagement rather than confrontation. Until we are willing to show at least a modicum of tolerance for the views of others, however regnant, all we are really doing is shouting at one another. However, I suspect that it is impossible to follow such a strategy when ...

Politics and its Discontents: A New Word For Me

And that word is kakistocracy. Coined in 1829, it means government by the worst elements of society. I have a feeling that all of us will become intimately acquainted with its meaning over the next four years. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Burger King Causes Indigestion

At least among the substantial numbers of Americans who appear to be taking grave exception to the burger emporium’s tax dodge by merging with Tim Hortons. While Finance Minister Joe Oliver may crow about the success of our low corporate tax rates, American consumers are not nearly as sanguine about what many see as a ...

Politics and its Discontents: Message From Orwell: "I Warned You" – A Mound Of Sound Guest Post

You don’t have to dig very deep to get a pretty clear picture of the decline of today’s global civilization. The good times are gone, over, finished. We’re out of stuff, plain and simple. The game today is for one select group of people to employ its considerable advantages to mine the remaining wealth out ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Way To Address The Problem of Restaurant Poverty Wages

Although this is an American solution, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work in Canada as well. Click here if you would like more information about The National Diners Guide. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: I’m Sure It Is Just A Coincidence …

…but if I were paranoid, I might see a connection between this and this. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Scourge of Online Anonymity

I have spent the better part of my life, it seems, writing letters to the editor and occasionally newspaper articles. Never once, during all those years did I ever think twice about the publications’ policies requiring the use of the writer’s real name. My reasoning is, if I have something worthwhile to say, I will ...

DeSmogBlog: Exposed: Pennsylvania Act 13 Overturned by Supreme Court, Originally an ALEC Model Bill

alec-exposed-600×400.jpeg On July 26, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled PA Act 13 unconstitutional. The bill would have stripped away local zoning laws, eliminated the legal concept of a Home Rule Charter, limited private property rights, and in the process, completely disempowered town, city, municipal and county governments, particularly when it comes to shale gas development. The Court ruled that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Mainstream Media’s Silencing of Important Voices

Probably two of the most important voices challenging the status quo today are rarely if ever granted access to mainstream media anymore. Both highly respected, Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times journalist Chris Hedges, and Noam Chomsky, a towering intellect who has for decades been warning us of the fabricated reality being imposed ...

DeSmogBlog: New Documentary "Rational Middle": Oil and Gas Advertising in Disguise

Rational Middle Logo.jpeg The "Rational Middle Energy Series," directed and produced by Gregory Kallenberg, is hot off the film rolls and has already been screened at an influential venue: the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. Kallenberg also directed and produced the documentary film "Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future," a film about the ongoing ...