In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

I remember back in the early 1950s, when we lived on a small farm in British Columbia, in what is now a major suburb in Greater Vancouver, that we bought a TV set. It was a big deal back then. I think we got two channels: one, CBC no doubt, from Vancouver and another from … Continue reading In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

Doing the right thing, the right way

I really hope that John Ivison, writing in the Calgary Herald, is correct, and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper will remain "above the fray" in the forthcoming Conservative leadership race. People who are close to Mr Harper told Mr Ivison that "the whole business model of his firm Harper & Associates is built on remaining … Continue reading Doing the right thing, the right way

NATO in the Middle East

The situation in and around the Middle East is horrifically complex and changes fast. A couple of days ago Murray Brewster wrote, for CBC News, that "A NATO team has been meeting at the U.S. State Department in recent days to draft proposals on what an expanded alliance presence in the Middle East would like … Continue reading NATO in the Middle East

We need to do better

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg's Ottawa based Canadian economics reporter, says, in a recent (7 Jan 20) article, that "Economists expect Canada and the U.S. to compete for the top spot for growth among the Group of Seven countries in 2020, yet the latest population data reveal the two nations have starkly different forces driving their expansions." … Continue reading We need to do better

Prognostications (3)

The Eurasia Group's President, Ian Bremmer and its Chairman Cliff Kupchan, writing in their annual "risk list," say that "We've never listed US domestic politics as the top risk, mainly because US institutions are among the world's strongest and most resilient ... [but, they write] ... This year, those institutions will be tested in unprecedented … Continue reading Prognostications (3)

What we know and don’t know, for sure, so far

What we do know, for sure, is that: Qassem Soleimani is dead. That is, without a shadow of a doubt, a good thing. He was a monster and his demise makes the world an ever so slightly better place. We should not dance on anyone's grave, not even those of Hitler, Stalin, Tojo and Mao, … Continue reading What we know and don’t know, for sure, so far

So, here we are …

... not even ten days into the 2020s. A century ago the "roaring '20s" dawned with the realization that the Treaty Of Versailles (28 June 1919) was so deeply flawed that Henry Cabot Lodge, a great and astute American statesman, who had advocated for American participation, on the allied side, in the First World War … Continue reading So, here we are …