Undemocratic liberalism and the elitist oligarchs

In a thoughtful and provocative article in the Financial Times, Martin Wolf, a highly regarded British financial journalist and commentator who seems troubled by the same things that worry me, reviews some of the problems facing liberal democracy today and, quotes Yascha Mounk of Harvard University who says that “both “undemocratic liberalism” and “illiberal democracy”Continue reading “Undemocratic liberalism and the elitist oligarchs”

OK, let’s say we’re sorry

So, I see, according to a report in Gulf News, that “Saudi Arabia has dashed Canadian hopes for an end to their dispute, saying that Ottawa should first fix the mistake it made by apologising … [and] … Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Affairs inContinue reading “OK, let’s say we’re sorry”

Pure political gold

Terry Milewski, of CBC News, has it about 99.99% correct, I think when he says, on social media, that it is … … that, being ‘dissed’ by Trump is political gold, making Trump angry is the mother lode; the Liberal Party of Canada has struck it rich … many Canadians will forgive Prime Minister TrudeauContinue reading “Pure political gold”

Worries about China and Russia

A report in the New York Times says that “China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States.” Of course that qualifier, “in all scenarios short of war,” covers a lot of ground but it implies de facto political and military control over aContinue reading “Worries about China and Russia”

If it gets better

In a private message a friend, a retired soldier and current academic, described a recent counter-terrorism conference he attended; one of the speakers (Chatham House rules so no names) gave a very optimistic presentation; that speaker was followed by a mutual acquaintance, a very senior person with good contacts in the upper levels of severalContinue reading “If it gets better”

A trade war to redress the dignity deficit

A couple of weeks ago I talked about ‘The Lighthizer doctrine,’ and I said that “Donald Trump came to office with a vision of a raging global trade war … [and Robert Lighthizer] … has testified that his goal is to bring manufacturing back to the United States.” Now an article in the South China Morning Post says thatContinue reading “A trade war to redress the dignity deficit”

A bit of good news for the RCAF

Despite the Trudeau government’s tragicomical mishandling of the CF-18 replacement project, there is some good news, reported by David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen: “The Department of National Defence,” he writes, “has released this photo above of the first C-295W in the process of being built by Airbus for the RCAF. The first aircraft isContinue reading “A bit of good news for the RCAF”

I sure hope he’s right

Norman Spector is a very smart, very experienced fellow, most of whose views seem, generally, to be in accord with my own and whose judgement I think to be sound. On NAFTA he says, on social media, today: I sure hope he’s right … there might be some justified schadenfreude for many of us ifContinue reading “I sure hope he’s right”