Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Closing borders is only the last step

Image result for stephen miller public domain photoStephen Miller's uncle has a personal and moving public appeal to his nephew in Politico.

The story he tells, of his grandfather, will remind many of us of the stories we proudly tell of our ancestors coming to Canada or the U.S. with nothing and building a life through hard work.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

The wrong kind of anti-democratic

Who are "the people" and how do they make their needs known to their representatives?

Ontario's Progressive Conservative government has announced that it will cut the size of Toronto's city council almost in half.

This odd decision (mid-election, it's an expensive one) creates an opportunity to address an interesting quirk about Ontario's right-of-centre party. Sometimes people will say something along the lines of, "LOL!! Progressive Conservative? Sounds like an oxymoron to me!"

A better understanding of early 20th-century politics, progressivism, and conservatism can show us why it's not. It also helps us explore why the Ontario PCs might support smaller municipal councils and why doing so might be a mistake.