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: The Muslim Threat To Stephen Harper

Were I of the Muslim faith, I suspect I would have a deep and abiding contempt for Stephen Harper and his cabal. After all, he is the prime minister who has made Islamophobia a centrepiece of his re-election hopes and, unlike other groups that he has vilified for political gain, has persistently portrayed the religion ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Art Of Misdirection

Some, I guess, are better at it than others. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Good Week

H/t The Toronto Star For progressives, it has been a very good week. For Stephen Harper and his adherents, not so much. First, there was the resounding and iconic defeat of the Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta. The message to the broader population: change is possible, a message not likely to be forgotten as we ...

Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr’s Lawyer: "Mr. Harper Is A Bigot. Mr. Harper Does Not Like Muslims."

Denis Edney’s stinging rebuke of Stephen Harper and his regime’s contemptuous treatment of Omar Khadr over the years will resonate with all fair-mined Canadians. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Seeing Above The Clouds

One of the consequences of being a longtime follower of politics is the development of a cynical perspective on life, one that recognizes the avarice, self-interest and self-promotion that all too frequently masquerade as service for the greater good. It seems that those we elect regularly abandon any semblance of service to their constituents, choosing ...

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 ...