Politics and its Discontents: This Is Chilling

Make no mistake. If you are against Trump, you are an enemy of the state. The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition” for political dissidents. The warrant appears to be an escalation of the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) ...

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: UPDATED: A Comforting Illusion Shattered

When it comes to massive intrusions by the state, the kind reflected in legislation like Bill C-51, people frequently rationalize their acceptance and passivity by this comforting fiction: “I don’t have anything to hide; I’m not a terrorist, so why should I worry?” A story of one family’s unpleasant experience may prove instructional in challenging ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Little Perspective, Please

Are we losing all perspective on the threats posed by terrorism? While there is no doubt that all perils to public safety need to be taken seriously (yes, even those posed by pipeline ruptures that Enbridge seems to treat as state secrets), one cannot escape the conclusion that the Harper regime sees it in their ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Thus It Begins

One of the misgivings I expressed in yesterday’s post seems to be a little closer to reality today. The National Post headline reads: Conservatives mulling legislation making it illegal to condone terrorist acts online. Says John Ivison, The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist ...

Politics and its Discontents: Something We Should All Keep In Mind

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Politics and its Discontents: On Bad Days And Defiance

Yesterday was not a good day for me. First, I awoke to read about the government raid on the Guardian office resulting in the destruction of computers containing some of the material leaked by Edward Snowden on illegal state surveillance. Eerily reminiscent of the U.S. Department of Justice raid on the Associated Press back in ...