Politics and its Discontents: A Unity Of Purpose

In these polarized times, it seems that two age groups are often looked upon by the media in almost absolutist terms. We are told, for example, that people over the age of 65 are the most likely to vote (about 75 per cent did so in the 2011 election), and that their support predominantly goes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: The Values Edition

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, It seems a propitious time to reflect on the values that have been fostered and avidly promoted (especially during this election season} by the Harper government, values that no doubt will be on the minds of many as they head to the polls on October 19. The following was sent to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Things To Give Thanks For

H/t Toronto Star As we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, moving beyond the usual things we express gratitude for (family, health, etc.), here are a few other things I give thanks for: A high turnout in advance polls: Elections Canada says it estimates some 850,000 people voted on Friday, the first day of advance polls. The ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Word From Harry Smith

Harry Smith, who I have written about previously on this blog, has some timely reminders for us this election season. …because so many Canadians of my generation had come from nations fraught with religious and ethnic tension, we tried to create a more tolerant society that crossed political beliefs. Inclusion and acceptance became a watchword ...

Politics and its Discontents: Select Refugee?

The Globe and Mail reports the following: Canada is prioritizing some refugees based on characteristics that include their religion, the age of their children and whether they have a business background, using increasingly specific criteria over the past year. These criteria are used in a complex triage that attempts to put some groups at the ...

Politics and its Discontents: About That Pavlovian Response

It is enough to make a recovering cynic suffer a very bad relapse. As I noted earlier this week, to see what lurks just beneath the surface of Canadian sensibilities, something dark and ugly, is extremely disheartening. Amply revealed by the Machiavellian incitement of prejudice engineered by Lynton Crosby to maximize the Harper regimes re-election, ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Just In!

Something wicked this way comes. H/t Toronto Star Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Better Angels Of Our Nature

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” – Abraham Lincoln Stephen Harper, of course, is doing ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Aren’t As Good As We Think We Are

If anything, the racism and xenophobia that have become cornerstones of the Harper re-election strategy are showing us something we would prefer not to think about: when provoked, our own darker natures come easily to the surface. In his column today, Edward Keenan reveals a few things we should ponder: … if you have been ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lifting The Veil

Lifting the veil behind what has become a major part of the Tory re-election strategy reveals nothing good. Consider, for example, this shameful announcement by party stalwart Kellie Lietch, who has yet to meet a Harper directive she doesn’t salivate over: In other words, the directive has gone out: surveil your Muslim neighbours and acquaintances ...

Politics and its Discontents: Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing But An Unfitness To Govern

Like one of my favourite Shakespearean creations, Macbeth, the story of a corrupted Scottish king, Stephen Harper’s tale unfolds on a landscape that has become increasingly blighted thanks to his diseased leadership. Harper’s demagoguery, his total disregard for the moral, social and ethical well-being of Canada, all powerful attestations to his unfitness for the country’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: Resisting The Fashion Fascists

If his shrill demagoguery is any indication, I suppose Herr Harper and his regime can be considered to be at war with Islam; the latter’s offences range from embracing jihadism to being a culture that, according to our self-appointed fascist fashionista, is ‘anti-women.’ In that war, Zunera Ishaq is what we might consider a resistance ...