Browsing All posts tagged under »Politics and Society«

Thesis Redux: The Competency of the Majority: Our Best Chance for the Best Society.

January 9, 2012

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In July of 2005, I realized I was FUCKED! Capital F, capital U, capital C, capital K, capital E, Capital D, exclamation mark, FUCKED! In six months, my funding would run out and I was expected to submit my PhD thesis. One problem: I had no thesis to submit. Let me be clear: I was […]

Let My People Go, Part Deux: I Will Let You Help Me But On One Condition: Bend Over Please.

March 13, 2009

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The demands of the auto industry continue to escalate. It really should come as no surprise but the audacity of it all continues to delight and disgust me in a curious way. Auto industry executives who, through their own mismanagement, have killed the viability of their very own industry are now using that outcome as […]

Strange Bedfellows : Fiscal and Social Conservatives

March 1, 2009

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Since at least the Eighties there has been a paradoxical political allegiance between two groups of persons in the United States and Canada. I refer to the strange political allegiance between fiscal and social conservatives. The reason that the union between these two kinds of persons is paradoxical is because their political goals are diametrically […]

Obama’s State Of The Nation Address And The Other Guy

February 25, 2009

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Tonight, I watched President Obama’s State of the Nation address to a special joint session of Congress on CNN.com. The speech was rock solid – which should come as no surprise. It hit all the right notes, managed to grapple with some policy details, and still managed to be moving — especially by the end. For […]

Ideology Is Not A Four-Letter Word: A Follow-Up

February 6, 2009

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In a previous post, I lamented the misuse of the term “ideology” and “ideological” in recent political debate. Click here for the post. After hearing Obama and Jon Stewart both incorrectly employ the word, it finally occurred to me why people are misusing it. People are equating “ideological” with “partisan” which means, according to Merriam-Webster, […]

Why Obama’s Election and Inauguration Is Important to Me (A Canadian)

January 14, 2009

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It occurred to me that an American might wonder why Obama’s election and inauguration should mean anything to me, a Canadian. After all, I was not involved in his campaign and almost all of the important policy decisions he faces will have almost no direct effect on my life and well-being. Nevertheless, his election and […]

Ideology is not a four-letter word.

December 10, 2008

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In December 2006, I returned to Canada, after living in New Zealand for five years, and was fortunate enough to find work as an Adviser to a Member of Parliament in February 2007. Having all but ignored Canadian politics in my time away, favouring Kiwi politics and political philosophy instead, I was immediately struck by […]

The Root of All Squares (Co-written with Sam Varteniuk)

November 29, 2008

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Two men enter, STAN and WORKER. STAN is carrying a role of black tape. WORKER So I was pointing out irony to Uncle Hoary when a man walks in, leading a fat spaniel and carrying a birdcage. STAN stops, tapes a square approximately two feet square on the ground WORKER Why did you tape a […]

What should I do with my life? A plausible answer.

November 26, 2008

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Poverty is one of the primary causes of suffering. So, 1) I will pursue an end which allows me to accumulate wealth and I will transfer some of it to a person living in poverty and/or to a person or organization working to eliminate poverty. The end I pursue will not itself directly contribute to […]

Art and Society’s Change

November 26, 2008

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To characterize the affects and effects of persons as the affects and effects of art is an old and easy error that distracts persons from some basic facts: a person or persons, employing a variety of tools, sometimes can predictably affect their environment; a tool is a tool only because persons use it to affect […]

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