I am currently working on new projects and hope to publish new material very soon. It is also my hope that someone else who has some writing experience might like to contribute something to the site. I am quite willing to post material from people with political views to the left or to the right of my own views.
In George Orwell's 1937 book, The Road to Wigan Pier, we are given a thorough and detailed account of the working and living conditions of coal miners in the North of England just before the Second World War. Orwell spent time underground with the miners and he correctly described the work as "savage". He wrote that if he were to attempt the job for a living, it would likely kill him within a few weeks. He might have been correct about this, as each man underground moved nearly two tons of coal per hour, by hand, with pick and shovel, while working in areas where it was impossible to stand up straight.
I was busy at work today - apparently not busy enough - and had a look at my Twitter feed. This was a mistake, as something severely disturbing immediately jumped out at me. The offending item was a photo of our celebrity Prime Minister, bawling hysterically, over the death of a single individual in his fifties who had brain cancer. It was roughly one hour later that I decided that I could not let this go and that I would have to write about it.
Readers of the above statement will likely fall into one of two categories: those who knew this all along, and those who will find the statement absurd. I am putting this argument out there for the latter category and hopefully it will be read with an open mind. If you are the type of person who does not have the ability to question their own beliefs, and prefer the comfort of an echo-chamber, then this piece is probably not for you. I will offer only one caveat on my position: Donald Trump will only turn out to be more dangerous in the short-term if he blunders his way into a nuclear war.
There has not been a more acute feeling of political instability that I can remember in my life than there is in the current zeitgeist. I am slightly too young to have experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis but old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall - I was an adult at that time. The fall of the Berlin Wall should have inspired me to study Communism. It didn't though, and as a result, my knowledge in this area is still lacking. I've been catching up over the last decade and I have now read some good writing on the topic. Both Robert Conquest and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn have written enough volume and quality to give anyone a pretty good understanding of what real Communism looks like, and reading them both has been a serious education. Not reading them in my twenties was a serious omission.
It is hard to say when I first suspected that Justin Trudeau's combination of charm, charisma, and crowd-pleasing might become a problem. I suppose it likely began when I noticed that the CBC began fawning on him as soon as he became the leader of the Liberal Party. I say this because by that time, the once great CBC had morphed into an identity-politics echo-chamber
I am a Canadian who has travelled frequently to the U.S. for decades. I like the people and I like their country and obviously that is why I keep going back. Americans have always struck me as courageous innovators who do everything on a grand scale. I still remember my first time in San Francisco and being impressed by the sheer scale and volume of everything. I remember thinking to myself that Americans really know how to build and know how to live and that it was no accident
Anyone who follows politics closely is well aware of the deep divisions between the Far Left and the Far Right. And while our cherished public broadcaster is thorough and aggressive in rooting out bizarre and extreme behaviour on the Right, as it should be, we hear next to nothing from them on the Far Left. I say next to nothing when in actuality I see nothing at all from them on the Far Left; although, I am holding out hope that I am mistaken and that someone will come along and correct me.