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Glen Pearson

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Citizenship – “Retail Therapy”

Posted on July 22, 2011

Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962 came as a profound shock, but what the public never knew was that she was under intense psychoanalysis from Anna Freud and her friends. Her former husband and well-known writer Arthur Miller went public, proclaiming that psychoanalysis was imprisoning people rather than freeing them. It all seemed to backfire when a new generation of analysts stepped forward in agreement with Miller’s outlook. Martin Luther King Jr., too, preached a famous sermon on how he was content to be maladjusted because he could never accept inequality or intolerance. Now psychoanalysts were saying that people were inwardly good and that they should begin expressing their inner selves. Almost overnight citizens went from being depraved beings to delighted consumers. Those inner cravings…

Liberalism – Sidebar #5

Posted on September 2, 2010

Our summer of studies on liberalism has drawn to a close.  Comments have come fast and furious – the constructive have been passed on to others seeking change, the inane have been happily “spammed,” and those of vitriolic hatred have been passed on to the appropriate authorities. I want to personally thank those who took the time to give thoughtful and thought-provoking replies to the posts.  Such comments affirmed for me the belief that progressives exist in all parties and are frustrated by hyper-partisanship of our present politics.  At least in their sentiments expressed in response to this blog they have proven that well-meaning Canadians need not be ideologically biased or think themselves so intelligent that other views don’t matter. Just yesterday, I received…

Liberalism – Through Hell to Apathy

Posted on August 19, 2010

Visit any Royal Canadian Legion or Army, Navy and Air Force Vets Club (ANAVETS) across the country and you’ll know what I’m talking about.  There are signs everywhere of fateful decline and muted anger.  Supported by our vets from the various services, these gathering points are facing a bleak future. Legion membership peaked in 1983 at about 600,000 members, but as the Second World War generation of soldiers began dying off, so did much of the membership.  Today it stands at 350,000, scattered across 1506 branches.  Since 2008 alone, 54 branches, mostly in small communities, have closed, and only seven have opened.  Our present champions in Afghanistan make up only a small contingent and won’t be able to add enough of a critical mass…

Liberalism – Larger Than Life

Posted on August 17, 2010

When it comes to a profound influence in the world, liberalism has nothing to apologize for.  The majority of people we know don’t question freedom, rights, peace, equality, the power of the individual, or progressive societies.  These are the gifts of liberalism to Canada and the world, and even conservatives can’t contradict such triumphs of civilization. The problem for modern liberals is that these successes are now in the past.  To be sure, they are in need of constant refinement, but the basic premise is no longer in doubt.  There aren’t many liberals around these days writing groundbreaking books because the essential paths to progress have already been trod.  The present great task for liberals is not to develop a new vision but to…

Liberalism – Spotting Our Friends

Posted on August 12, 2010

Note:  To all those hopelessly ideological liberals out there, you might want to skip this post. Those significant political challengers to liberalism – communism, fascism, for example – have all receded into history, except for one – conservatism.  It’s called “conservatism” for a reason: the desire to conserve a way of life – the nuclear family, traditional faith, financial holdings, or of a sentimental past.  These are noble views whether people agree or not.  The problem for current conservatism is that the world seems to move perpetually onward and outward.   We live in a modern era, largely empowered by liberalism; that’s just a reality with which conservatism has had to come to terms. These traditional values within conservatism form part of its appeal.  It’s…

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