Make China Great Again?

Yesterday, I asked: "Why" is China drifting away from Deng Xiaoping's vision and back, it seems to me, towards Maoism. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, award-winning author and scholar Professor Julia Lovell of the University of London draws an interesting parallel with Donald Trump. Xi Jinping, she suggests, at "The plenum resolution … Continue reading Make China Great Again?

It’s time to end this rubbish

What rubbish, you might ask? This rubbish: I think it has been well established that Andrew Scheer is a deeply conservative Christian who, unlike Justin Trudeau, actually believes what his bible says. There are millions of people in Canada who are very much like Andrew Scheer: they are Buddhists, Christians, Daoists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and … Continue reading It’s time to end this rubbish

A coalition?

I have been saying, for some months now, that "The CPC might be able to form a minority government but it is equally, perhaps even more likely that Justin Trudeau, with the formal support of Jagmeet Singh, would be able to continue to govern with some support from the BQ and the Greens on an … Continue reading A coalition?

800-pound gorillas (3)

I have been arguing, since the early days of this blog, February 2016 to be exact, that health care spending is going to destroy Canada. Put simply: We cannot afford the system we have; The system we have is broken; and No one wants to discuss a rational system. Canadians love their healthcare system. About … Continue reading 800-pound gorillas (3)

Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

I have commented before about nationalism, especially in the context of Justin Trudeau's notion that Canada is a "post national state" which I see as being rooted in his father's expedient anti-nationalism in which, I believe, he cloaked himself, starting in the late 1940s, because he knew that he had made a dreadful moral choice, … Continue reading Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

Some more thoughts on China’s governance, and ours

Professor Kerry Brown, who writes regularly on Asia and who has written before on the topic of power in an age of illusion, says, in an new article in the South China Morning Post, that "One of the remarkable aspects of China’s presence today is the way it has combined supreme confidence and under Xi, … Continue reading Some more thoughts on China’s governance, and ours

The ‘identitarians’ attack liberalism

There is an article in a conservative/libertarian on-line journal called The Federalist that is headlined: "Signs Liberalism’s Slow Suicide Is Finally Complete." The author, conservative journalist Robert Tracinski makes a stab at tying modern progressivism all the way back to John Stuart Mill in 19th century England but I'm not really sure that he understand the … Continue reading The ‘identitarians’ attack liberalism