Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: A Provocative And Fascinating Thesis

I recently published a guest post by BM entitled, The Creep Of Corporatism. In a followup, he has written something that I think many will find both fascinating and thought-provoking: Thank you for featuring my comment as a blog post. In line with your other recent post on Canadian sovereignty, and my mention of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Is What Real Protest Looks Like

All Canadians could learn a lot from the Brits: London, United Kingdom – Activists and trade union leaders have called for a general strike and a mass campaign of civil disobedience to bring down the country’s new right-wing government as hundreds of thousands took to the streets of London and other cities to protest against ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Pope Just Doesn’t Know His Place

At least. that’s what I infer from the blather of Catholic League President Bill Donohue: No doubt, obeisance to the corporate agenda is what Donahue and his ilk expect from any self-respecting pontiff. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: … Your Young Men Will See Visions, Your Old Men Will Dream Dreams.

Although far from a biblical scholar, I find the above line, taken from the Book of Acts, to be an apt title. Even though I am taking it out of context, it encapsulates for me a capacity that the world in general, and Canada in particular, has lost: the capacity to dream of and envisage ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Right Wing Instructs Us On Our Errors In Thinking

Benighted soul that I am, I did not realize the myriad errors of thinking I have fallen prey to. Happily, University of Toronto geography professor Pierre Desrochers has set me straight on a few things: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Timely Reminder Of Tim Hudak’s Magical Thinking

While we should be back from our trip tomorrow in time to catch the Ontario election news coverage, this seems an opportune time to remind readers of the kind of magical thinking so favoured by extreme right enthusiasts such as young Tim Hudak. Tim, as you may recall, has made even lower corporate taxes a ...

Politics and its Discontents: On The Madness of ‘King’ Stephen

Whenever I need evidence that politically aware and engaged citizens are not an endangered species, I turn to the letters section of The Toronto Star. Here are two from yesterday and one from today that amply demonstrate resistance to the kind of group-think so much beloved of the extreme right: Method in Tories’ madness hard ...

Politics and its Discontents: Contempt Of The Electorate – Part 2

As I continue to ponder the question my friend Tom posed about why discredited economic theories are not vigorously opposed and exposed as such by political parties and media, two articles perhaps offer some helpful contextual information. The first is by John Barber in today’s Star, entitled Hudak’s discredited doctrine a lucky break for Wynne. ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Common Sense Revolution Redux ( A.K.A. Tiny Tim Roars)

H/t Theo Moudakis If you have resided in Ontario for some years, and were of a certain age when Ontario’s Common Sense Revolution was conducted by Mike ‘The Knife’ Harris, you will recall it was a time of great upheaval that, contrary to the mythologizing that the right-wing so much enjoys fabricating, left the bulk ...

Politics and its Discontents: In Harperland, The Worst ‘Crime’ Imaginable

… apparently is hanging the flag upside down.* Crypto fascists have always been thus. *Hanging the flag upside down is recognized as a symbol of distress. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Connecting The Dots

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Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Back In The Land of Ontario Election Campaigns….

The mask of boyish innocence was slowly slipping away from young Tim Hudak. H/t Toronto Star H/t Ray Mirshahi Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: What Stephen Harper, Tim Hudak And The Rest of The Neocons Really Think

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Politics and its Discontents: The Remaking of Canada in the Neo-Conservative Image

In the world of unfettered capitalism, everything has a price and nothing is sacred. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, the neocon knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. I was reminded of that this morning as I read Christopher Hume’s latest column in the Star entitled The great public sell-off continues. It begins, ...