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Everything posted by turningrite

  1. Those who assert white privilege too often conflate outcomes with design and confuse specific circumstances with generalized assumptions. For those of us who grew up decades ago, as I did, the concept of having benefited from white privilege amounts to an absurdity. In the high school I attended, for instance, there were a handful of non-whites among a total of about 1,500 students. The situation at university wasn't a whole lot different. Back in those days, economic class was the biggest single predicator of economic outcomes, as I suspect is still the case today. We had an entire class stru
  2. I too fear the consequences of silly policies from the NDP but what is Ford offering? Some economists say his platform announcements would if carried out generate the biggest deficit among the three main parties. If the PCs had stuck to a mainstream leader like Elliot or Mulroney, they'd probably be cruising to a massive majority at this point. Instead, they're tied in the polls with the NDP.
  3. A sanctuary province? Hasn't the whole country essentially been transformed into a sanctuary state of sorts? What more could Horwath offer? This issue alongside the pipeline fiasco out west could easily sink Trudeau's government in 2019. Would Horwath, who is unlikely to do better than be able to form a minority government, really want to take on this kind of political baggage? As some have pointed out, in addition to Canada's relatively weak and inefficient refugee determination system many of these migrants are also attracted by all the free stuff on offer in Canada, particularly in comparis
  4. My riding will be a contest between Libs and the NDP. We have a NOTA candidate, however, and as a protest vote I'm thinking of giving him my support. In particular, I like the party's appeal to direct democracy. I can't see the difference between the Libs and NDP except that the Libs have been in power too long and made too many mistakes while ignoring the plight of consumers. But an NDP government would probably usher in more giveaways the province simply can't afford. And Ford? Well, I think he's just too big a risk. Most I talk to suspect that if elected he'll ditch the folksy appeal and pl
  5. It's been years since I read 1984, but it's my recollection that it was about totalitarian and fascism. Fascism is simply about monopoly political control by a single party or faction and is consistent with both ultra-right and ultra-left ideology. Despite its name, Germany's Nazi party ruled over an economy where the means of production largely remained in private hands. There is in fact no more direct conflict between fascism and capitalism than there is between fascism and socialism.
  6. Actually, I suspect you may not have read the entire article, particularly where the author goes on to state that '"[o]ften Muslims support liberalism when it serves them and reject it when it does not," which supports the point made in my post. As for the point you appear to be trying to make, while it's true that Muslims who seek accommodation in the West shouldn't be held accountable for the lack of freedom and human rights often prevalent in their homelands, progressives often employ similar broadly associative critiques when assailing what they perceive as right-wing or reactionary views
  7. Personally, I find identity politics tiresome and intellectually pointless. I wonder if the proponents of identity politics understand the logical implications of the very idea upon which they rely? To promote "pride" in one group in relation to others is essentially to assert the legitimacy and interests of one group relative to others. It does nothing less than legitimize "otherness" as a basic societal principle as every distinct group will have an equal tendency to assert the legitimacy of the interests of its members. (And why not, after all?) Trudeau's bizarre speech this week in New Yor
  8. I believe the American billionaire Mark Cuban has said that in a decade liberal arts degrees will be more valued than will many highly specialized technical degrees. But I think he should have clarified this by stating that liberal arts degrees entailing the demonstration of broadly applicable intellectual capabilities, including literacy, numeracy and academic rigour (i.e. the capacity to participate in and absorb the lessons arising from objective debate) will be the most valued. Many functions that today must be done by specialists will eventually be done by machines employing AI technologi
  9. I think you've fallen into the jurisdictional trap that often enslaves effective policy response in this country. There's little doubt that the country's ability to absorb large-scale immigration is under challenge. A fairly recent internal federal government study, which came to light via an access to information request, reached this conclusion (link below). The notion that federal policy doesn't impact areas like housing, employment and health care access, which strictly speaking often fall outside its jurisdiction, is absurd. Somehow, our political elites have become comfortable with this
  10. Personally, I think government is a necessary evil. I think it important to understand its legitimate role in balancing competing interests within societies, a role that's even more vital in complex and varied societies. Libertarians tend to acknowledge that a minimal level of government is necessary while anarchists reject the legitimacy of government. Governments in North America, and perhaps generally throughout the West, have become too attached and beholden to special interests. There's a lack of objectivity in the approach to policy matters. Obama's health care agenda was effectively scu
  11. She tended to equally see capitalism and socialism as scourges in their own right, particularly if taken to their logical extremes. She believed that people had a right to basic services like health care, for instance, and that if the private sector couldn't adequately serve this need there was a role for government to play to ameliorate the influence of private sector monopoly. However, she was equally skeptical of government monopoly. She tended to see ideological conflict as pertaining to conflicting forms of monopoly and felt the only legitimate role of the state when acting to serve the p
  12. I'm not sure this point serves to validate your argument. Why on earth would the Canadian government (i.e. Canadian taxpayers) be accountable for the outcome of decisions made by his family members any more or less than if the decisions were made by Khadr himself? Of course, the SCC dealt with two entirely separate matters, in one instance concerning his treatment at Gitmo and secondly concerning the failure/refusal of the Canadian government to repatriate him. I tend to agree with the SCC on the latter concern, although to be fair the Harper government's general approach was to avoid repatria
  13. That's an interesting list. As a birthright Canadian-U.S. dual citizen raised by an American mother, your second point touched on something my mother often noted, which is that Canadians expect far too little in return for their money. She felt this applied both to private sector transactions as well as to interactions with government agencies. She felt that Canadians were too docile and too willing to accept mediocrity. At heart, she was a libertarian although she accepted that government, if carefully watched and monitored, could provide limited benefit to the broader population. I never fel
  14. I think it's difficult to have a lot of sympathy for those who leave Canada for war zones and other dangerous places. I suspect many believe that most such cases should be treated as 'at your own peril' expeditions and even more so when the intent of such journeys ostensibly violates Canadian law, as now appears to be the case with the returning ISIS members. The SCC ruled on the Charter violations in the Khadr matter yet it did not set compensation. I believe this should have been determined in the lower courts where the very real concern about moral hazard could and should have been consider
  15. I think I'm like a lot of Ontarians who simply believe the province is broke. What can any party do to fix this other than strip the role of government down to basics? I have siblings who live in the U.S. who are shocked at how much we pay for things, including taxes, and how little average middle class people get in return. In particular, our health care system in Ontario is in shambles. Transit is a mess. Affordable housing for middle class people has evaporated. But where has all the money gone? What have we to show for it? I'm pessimistic about this province's future unless we adopt the ap
  16. What is a real right winger in the Canadian context? The current mass immigration program commenced during Mulroney's regime and he was a right-winger by Canadian standards. It's continued unabated without much critical analysis throughout the ensuing decades with the support of Canada's entire political class including all the mainstream parties - left, centre and right. I suspect many Canadians, including many immigrants, have misgivings about the policy yet debate about it is virtually forbidden. I'd like to see a federal party from any part of the political spectrum encourage research, ana
  17. Not sure where you got this? I believe it takes 3 or 4 years of residency in Canada to apply for citizenship and be permitted to vote.
  18. I too worry about the cost of all of this. Further, affordable housing is all but nonexistent in Canada's largest cities and the latest influx will further tax resources available to those at the bottom of the economic ladder. The federal government seems to have no plan here. It should pay a big price for this in 2019.
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