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Glen Pearson

Posts from the “Liberalism” Category

Is Democracy Done in America? Hardly.

Posted on January 14, 2019

Okay, so democracy is in real trouble in the United States, right?  It must be, since Washington has become radically divided and hyper-partisanship makes compromise impossible. The swamp not only remains, but is overflowing. And whether or not President Trump is found guilty in even just one of the numerous investigations swirling around him, and about him, the country can never be the same again surely?  Pew polls are a good place to start in thinking about this, simply because the organization is non-partisan and also because they’re highly reputed and have been doing it for a long time.   Let’s start with perceptions of the press?  In the “fake news” world south of the border, journalism is hugely denounced, correct?  Nope. Across all ages, Pew research discovered that…

Trade of Another Kind

Posted on October 2, 2018

One could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when news emerged yesterday of a tentative NAFTA deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.? Technically, Donald Trump wants it renamed to the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – or USMC.”? ?Credit must be given to the negotiators from all three nations who were at it for a year despite obvious hurdles. While citizens, pundits, economists and journalists work diligently to dissect the deal, it is essential to keep in mind that it is taking place in a larger global trading arena that’s in the early stages of transformation.? While the American president seeks to fundamentally alter the world’s trade balance in his favour, other economic players are increasingly cooperating in a fashion that seeks to circumvent…

Labyrinth

Posted on April 26, 2018

The thing about rage only two decades into the 21stcentury is that it’s everywhere.? In past eras it brewed in turbulent hotspots – the Middle East, India-Pakistan, the Balkans, the Congo, Nicaragua, among others – usually far away and, in consequence, far from our minds.? But the individual and collective anger has spread to normally stable places around the globe – Germany, France, Norway, Britain and most obviously in the United States. In his Meditations,?the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius cogently noted, “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”? It seems to me that some are coming to terms with this observation.? The “age of rage” has been rolling on for years and the change which that kind…

A Different Path

Posted on March 18, 2018

Fifty years ago ?this past week (March 16, 1968), Robert Kennedy announced he would be running for president in the same Senate Caucus Room his brother had made his announcement eight years earlier.? We all know how it ended, but few recognized the personal transformation he went through during that brief campaign. Ironically, RFK chose an opposite path to most of today’s politicians, opting to migrate from a place of attack and negativity to one of hope, social justice and a sense of ethical responsibility. ?True, he had frequently been somewhat moralistic earlier in his career, but it always seemed to propel him into attack mode, especially against corruption and greed.? He became his JFK’s watchdog as his attorney general in his relentless pursuit…

Tribes. Tribes. Tribes.

Posted on March 15, 2018

It’s all worked out pretty much as they said – three books that predicted the madness of American politics. Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, by Geoffrey Kabaservice The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted, by Mike Lofgren It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collide With the Politics of Extremism, by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein It’s interesting to note how long these titles are, almost as if the subject matter is far too great and complex for a simple phrase.? But what’s even more telling is when they were written.? Though they adequately describe the turbulence of American politics today,…

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