Politics and its Discontents: An Ally Of Ignorance

What is a manIf his chief good and market of his timeBe but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.– Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4. Some of the greatest foes of ignorance are knowledge, awareness and critical thinking. Key tools in the cultivation of our humanity, without them we would exist in a perpetual ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Must It Feel?

Since the installation of Donald Trump in the White House, I have wondered how it must feel to the average American who is neither unhinged nor incapable of critical thought to have a man so obviously deranged leading their country. This latest episode of Trump’s paranoid demagoguery surely must be a source of deep consternation ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Must It Feel?

Since the installation of Donald Trump in the White House, I have wondered how it must feel to the average American who is neither unhinged nor incapable of critical thought to have a man so obviously deranged leading their country. This latest episode of Trump’s paranoid demagoguery surely must be a source of deep consternation ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Company They Keep

Although I consider myself a hard-bitten cynic/realist, a report by Daniel Dale in today’s Star has left me decidedly dispirited. Dale, our Canadian expert on Trump who has followed the Orange Ogre very closely since the primaries, asserts that what used to be called ‘mainstream conservatism’, is now falling into line with Trump’s diseased worldview: ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Company They Keep

Although I consider myself a hard-bitten cynic/realist, a report by Daniel Dale in today’s Star has left me decidedly dispirited. Dale, our Canadian expert on Trump who has followed the Orange Ogre very closely since the primaries, asserts that what used to be called ‘mainstream conservatism’, is now falling into line with Trump’s diseased worldview: ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Says It All

Brian (“There’s no whore like an old whore”) Mulroney’s shameless pandering to Trump the other night confirmed yet again the shallowness of his character. This political cartoon captures his abject sycophancy. H/t iPolitics Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: This Says It All

Brian (“There’s no whore like an old whore”) Mulroney’s shameless pandering to Trump the other night confirmed yet again the shallowness of his character. This political cartoon captures his abject sycophancy. H/t iPolitics Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Oh, The Horror!

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Politics and its Discontents: Oh, The Horror!

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Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Chris Wallace Defends "The Enemy Of The American People"

When even elements of the right are spooked, you know things are getting very, very serious: UPDATE: If you have a really strong stomach, you might be able to watch some of Reince Priebus’s whorishness, which Chris Wallace had little patience for: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Chris Wallace Defends "The Enemy Of The American People"

When even elements of the right are spooked, you know things are getting very, very serious: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Mad Hatter Holds A News Conference

This has to be seen to be believed. Mendacity AND an alternative universe: two for the price of one. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: My Head Is Starting To Spin

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday humiliated Donald Trump’s claim that the barrage of negative news stories related to his administration are “conspiracy theories,” taking moment to explain to the president what differentiates a conspiracy theory from actual, real news. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Pertinent Parable

A friend sent me the following. Enjoy! While stitching a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old farmer, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Donald Trump and his role as President elect of the United States. The old farmer said, ” Well, as I see ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump Human Rights Tracker

In reading Penny Collenette’s column, Trump has wakened the sleeping giant of law, this morning, I learned that that particular giant as a watchdog on extreme political authority in a democracy, is now fully awake and alert. One of the expressions of that alertness is found in the fact that Columbia Law Human Rights Organizations ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Reason For Hope

Although the White House is currently overrun with a band of lunatics that has quickly brought about very dark days, I can’t help but think that there are reasons for hope. That I, an inveterate cynic, hold such a view astounds me, but the signs are unmistakable. Or consider this array of magazines, whose covers ...

Politics and its Discontents: In Case You Hadn’t Noticed

Meanwhile, Star letter writers offer their suggestions: Re: Chaos, fear and anger, Jan. 29 Canadians outraged at Trump’s ban on Muslims and refugees can take concrete action by contacting the United States embassy in Ottawa and pledging not to travel to the U.S. until the ban is overturned. We can’t vote south of the border, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Something Wicked This Way Comes

There can be no doubt now that true evil resides in the White House. A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. The four-page draft order, a copy ...

Politics and its Discontents: What Do Other Republicans Think Of Team Trump?

My wife suggested I take a look at a ‘mainstream’ Republican site, and this is what I found: Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Conway railed against those who had pointed out her “alternative facts” comment, as she defended White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. Said Conway: “Who is cleaning house? Which one is going to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is Trumpland Prepared To Pay?

As the crazed Orange Ogre continues bringing his campaign screeds to fruition, his most ardent supporters will have to be prepared to put their money where their mouths are, both literally and figuratively. And although we are quickly moving into a euphemistically phrased ‘post-fact’ era, the Trump apparatchik, in their current anti-Mexico incarnation, will face ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Timely Reminder

In 1984, the Enemy of the State was the elusive Emmanuel Goldstein, likely a contrived figure upon whom the masses could hurl their hatred, while Big Brother, the real enemy, surveilled and controlled the masses. In the noir world of Trumpland, it appears the first of what will likely be many official enemies of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Clarity From Robert Reich

Robert Reich simply and brilliantly deconstructs Trump’s construction plans. Lest Canadians feel tempted toward complacency, check out Trudeau’s infrastructure bank plans, which will likely have the same effect of enriching corporate investors at our collective expense. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Eerily Prescient

This is what former Supreme Court Justice David Souter said four years ago. I think you will quickly see the reason for the post’s title: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Facts Are Clearly Overrated

Thanks to my friend Jonathan for sending this along: Recommend this Post

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