The Church Of Mothra - Home Of The Breakfast Mojito! ©: Facebook, Scrabble, Scrabulous: Hasbro Unwittingly Makes A Political Point

Dad was always ruining Family Games Night with unwelcome commentaries on economic theory… The ongoing cyberspace PR disaster over Scrabble on Facebook continues, and brings with it (unintentionally) an important point about political theory. Consider for a moment some of the traditional arguments used by conservatives/neocons/libertarians that any given government function can usually be operated ...

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Copyright Reform and the StatsCan Report

Michael Geist posted about the politics in the debate on copyright reform. The point stems from dissonance between the recent Statistics Canada report and a reform-oriented bill expected to introduce more restrictive copyright policy. The report showed some nice Canadian recording industry profits where similar industries in other parts of the world seemed to be ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Red Party Blues, The Liberals in Crisis? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

TV Ontario’s The Agenda debates the question of how long Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party can, or should, endure the Conservative government’s electoral brinksmanship. Steve Paikin moderates, as Professor Christine de Clercy, Dion biographer Linda Diebel, journalist John Ivison, lobbyist Robin Sears, and I grapple with one another’s hyperbole.

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Motivating Anti-IP Activism in Canada

In the scheme of things, few people have the interest (or is it patience?) to delve deeply into the concept of “intellectual property” (IP). I think that is why IP regulation is among the most under-considered issues in public political discourse today. It’s difficult, in the snap of a soundbite, to make an easily understood ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Power, the People, and the PMO – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

With more than a year of minority government behind us, Steve Paikin and The Agenda assemble a national panel to ask if political power in Canada is still primarily a matter of the proverbial “who do you know in the PMO”. With Jeffrey Simpson, Norman Spector, Janice MacKinnon, and myself.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Public Degradation and Public Discourse – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A CBC Radio One national debate on the decline of civility in Canada’s public discourse. More than a question of discourtesy, the decay of the tenor of political dialogue diminishes the dignity of the nation itself. Hosted by The Current and Avi Lewis, and including Heather Mallick, Lainey Lui, and myself

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Are Canadian Political Parties Afraid of the Dark? – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

CBC Television’s The Hour canvasses Bob Rae, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and me on why Canada has yet to see a visible minority party leader. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, the programme included calls for “affirmative action” and more American football in Canadian politics.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Integrity and the Liberal Leadership – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sarika Sehgal of CBC Newsworld interviews me on my support for Stephane Dion, and on how the Liberal Party can re-animate Canadians’ passion for politics. With the convention behind us and the election before us, the question of civic engagment in the political process is more crucial than ever.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Politics and Principles – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario’s The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada’s true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Politics and Principles – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario’s The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada’s true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Would Gov’t Procurement Process Neglect FOSS?

The Canadian Association for Open Source (Clue) published a thought provoking letter to an ITBusiness.ca article today. The Clue letter says that “…What is needed is for the government to separate the pricing and procurement of the source product from the various value-add services…” which is an interesting reflection for current musings about Public Works ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Who Wants to be a Party Leader? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Ottawa Morning, CBC Radio One’s news and current affairs programme in the national capital, explores the question of why the field of candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada appears to be contracting. Hallie Cotnam hosted in Ottawa and I participated from Toronto.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Interviewing Leadership Candidates, Call-In – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Host Alan Neal of CBC Radio One’s Ontario Today and I take telephone calls from across Ontario on the people’s choice for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: The Fall of Paul Martin – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Former Cabinet Minister Herb Dhaliwal and I review the long road for Paul Martin from his triumphal entry as Liberal leader to his humble departure after the general election.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Visionary Politics – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Visionary Politics – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Political Machines – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

The CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti and I discuss the role or organisation, policy, and machine politics in the Liberal Party of Canada, in this nationally broadcast Radio One special.