Tag Archives: CBC

Permanent Delusion, Rex Murphy and Rob Ford

I can’t watch this. I can’t.

Rex Murphy’s ode to Rob Ford includes this quote:

“Mr. Ford was one of the most remarkable ordinary people Toronto has ever produced.”

Here’s another perspective; you decide:

To create and solidify their base, Ford and his backers used a strategy that has proven successful elsewhere. It is a strategy that worked well, at least for a time, for George W Bush, for instance: playing up a persona that people make a personal connection with. Let’s call it the blue-collar-lunch pail-millionaire phenomenon — a persona ironically co-opted by men who never worked a blue collar job in their lives. But it conveniently divided and conquered to send Ford to the Mayor’s seat. It pitted the so-called “elite” — the intellectuals, the artists, the environmentalists, even the unionists — against the other supposed “ordinary” citizens of the Greater Toronto Area. Downtown versus the ‘burbs.

Source: Rob Ford and the blue-collar-millionaire myth | rabble.ca

Canada: The Eternal Rebuilding Project

Personal relationships enrich us, work makes us feel useful, and goals give us purpose

via Lecture 1 – Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio.

Adrienne Clarkson speaks in this Massey Lecture about belonging.

The first peoples were here first. They established a sense of this land.

Europeans came to conquer and exploit and seek whatever noble goals orbited their economy. They helped remake and redefine the land and its people. For better or worse.

Since then, new people have come and contribute to this eternal project of ever-rebuilding Canada.

Harper isn’t interested in new people coming and new ideas and new frames of new Canadas.

He likes what he likes. In a modernist kind of way.

But Canada is evolving in a post-modernist kind of way. There is no absolute, objective Canada, even from the PMO. There is an aggregation of individuals’ subjectivities, or intersubjectivities, that define the land, the people and the culture.

Harper can only stop our evolving nation by attacking those who would deign to alter its economic and cultural destiny. As HE sees it.

This is not leadership.

This is fear.

Stephen Harper is motivated by fear and a yearning for power to control the tides of sociology [which he considers a crime], all to stop Canada from becoming something he can’t control.

He is a desperate, weak, petty man. And his sycophants as well.

They are to be pitied and removed from power next year.