Reviving civil society

There is an excellent article in the C2C Journal by By: Ken Boessenkool, Sean Speer and James Wielgosz entitled “A Plan to Revive Civil Society in Canada.” I highly recommend it to all. First: the authors understand what civil society really is: it is the web of local, grassroots, usually charitable, sometimes church based organizations thatContinue reading “Reviving civil society”

Stop blaming the media and the voters!

Pretty much every day since the October election my Twitter feed has been full of 140 character rants about either or both of the “evil Canadian media” or the “stupid Canadian voters.” Conservatives who hold either view or worse, both, are the real problem. The media, broadly, is not full of Liberal shills … sure,Continue reading “Stop blaming the media and the voters!”

The “old left” rises again

There is a very interesting article by Stephanie Mudge on the London School of Economics website suggesting that there is “a deepening rift in the economic prospects of older vs younger generations” in America and Britain (and Canada) which explains the sudden popularity of e.g. Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and, I daresay, Justin Trudeau. ProfContinue reading “The “old left” rises again”

Good advice from a tarnished source

Many Conservatives will be angry at an article, by Andrew Cohen, in the Ottawa Citizen because it takes an unnecessary, nasty and false swipe at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, describing the his years in power as “a low, dishonest decade of politics.” It is, of course, quite wrong to use “dishonest” when describing Prime MinisterContinue reading “Good advice from a tarnished source”

Following the Blind Leader

A few years ago I started a topic in entitled “Grand Strategy for a Divided America.” The topic title referred to an article from Foreign Affairs of the same name by Charles A. Kupchan and Peter L. Trubowitz ~ it is reproduced, in full, in the thread. One of the main problems facingContinue reading “Following the Blind Leader”

Righting the Conservative Ship

Tony Clement has written an excellent opinion piece for the Globe and Mail, entitled “How to right the Conservative ship,” in which he analyzes the October 2015 election. His main “take away” points are: The Conservative Party must continue to stand for low taxes for Canadians and a balanced budget in fiscal matters; and OurContinue reading “Righting the Conservative Ship”

You can’t manage what you can’t measure …

There’s an old saying, often and incorrectly attributed to W Edwards Deming, that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Like all popular sayings there is enough truth in it to make it a useful concept. One way of measuring a nation’s “will” or “commitment” to something is to measure what it spends as aContinue reading “You can’t manage what you can’t measure …”