Politics and its Discontents: What People Want From Leaders

Part of the neoconservative agenda, I suspect, is based on encouraging everyone to see life as a zero-sum game, where the world is a place in which there are only winners and losers; the implicit message is that if we are smart, we will be the winners at the expense of others. For example, my ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Polarized Politics

Well aware that the universe does not revolve around the City of Toronto, which is within an hour’s drive of my abode, I rarely write posts that pertain to it. I make an infrequent exception today because of a greater truth that the risible antics of its mayor gives rise to. It is hardly a ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Crippled General Laid Bare

That is the phrase Star columnist Royson James uses to describe Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Even if you live nowhere near the city, his analysis of power misused and abused makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the mentality and tactics of the right-wing. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Arrogant and The Obsequious

For those both fascinated and repelled by the abuse of power happening in Toronto, and the obsequious who make possible that abuse, I highly recommend today’s column by Royson James, who speculates on the qualities of pusillanimous appeasement that will be required in Gary Webster’s replacement. Recommend this Post

The Wandering Joe: The fallacy of the taxpayer

This post has been percolating for a while, and I was motivated to write it by a Royson James column I read a couple of weeks ago. For the first time in a long time I actually have finished everything I needed to do this weekend, so I actually have some time to write. So ...