Anger Management

Anger

The punditry here and in the U.S. is talking more and more about the populist anger afoot and how it is becoming an increasingly powerful political force.  Whether to emulate, repudiate or retaliate, everybody everywhere seems to be watching the Tea Party.  Anger, it seems,  has become the new political battleground. I don’t want to … Continue reading

The Age of Deference is Over – What Now?

Polite Mounty

On September 3, 2010, Scott H. Payne and I posted an interview expanding on an article I wrote for The Mark entitled Why We Vote Against Our Interests.  Specifically, we sought to look at the issues around a revitalised democracy in Canada.  Some weeks later Scott approached me about the idea of carrying on an extended and … Continue reading

Trust, Traps, and Taxes

mouse_trap

A short while back, I posted a piece on why we vote against our own interests which provoked diverse responses including several which insisted that, to the contrary, we do know perfectly well who serves our interests and we vote accordingly. My problem, this argument goes, is that at best I just don’t like the … Continue reading

Big Government, Little Government: Blah, Blah, Blah

russian_dolls

In debates about government at least, size, it seems, does matter. In Canada, the issue of size has not spawned the equivalent of the Tea Partyers, but it’s impossible to believe that we aren’t influenced by what’s going on with our neighbours. The Tea Party is only the latest expression of an ideology that has … Continue reading

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