The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Millennials Put the Positive Back Into Politics

Posted on April 25, 2015

My article in today’s London Free Press, for April 25, 2015.  You can link to the original article HERE. “I’M NOT A PARTISAN LIKE MY FOLKS WERE,” she said in reflection. “I just want politics to work and I don’t see why it can’t. Most of us want the same basic things, right?” Interestingly, the older generation isn’t all that partisan either, and, as we saw in the last column, they are checking out of the “gotcha” form of politics as fast as anyone else. Yet the emphasis on making things “work” is perhaps the key desire of my 41-year old friend’s generation in their view of politics. Part of a cohort called the “MIllennials” and born in the span between the early-1980s to the…

Mud vs. Common Ground

Posted on April 13, 2015

Below is my London Free Press piece from April 11, 2015 on the real costs of bad politics. CALL IT THE “MEAN SEASON,” AND IT’S ABOUT to descend upon us in the run-up to the next federal election, scheduled for Oct. 19. While Easter might have instilled hope for a better humanity, the months leading up to the next federal contest for political dominance will inevitably resurrect negative campaigning in ways that continue to turn an increasing number of Canadians away from politics. Hyper-partisanship reaches its apex at the national level and its potential for destructiveness is worrying to a growing number of political observers. Respected pollster and political writer Bruce Anderson has been troubled enough by what he is witnessing at the federal level…

The Political Industrial Complex

Posted on October 18, 2012

There was a strong reaction to my last blog post on the need for good folks to run for politics. That was encouraging. But we must also be frank. Here’s why. Following the last post, I received two calls – one from a retired Conservative MP and the other from a city politician. Both commented on how they were in danger of losing hope in the last few years. Their comments were sincere, emotional, and not a little bit sad. Both laid the blame squarely on a growing partisanship and the inability of politicians to find compromise in such a setting. Jane and I were recently visited by a provincial politician who stopped in to see how I was faring following my recent surgery.…

Citizenship – “Tocqueville’s Mistake”

Posted on August 26, 2011

You may never have heard of Alexis de Tocqueville before, but for students of democracy he’s essential reading.  A young political thinker from France, he toured America for two years in the 1830s, arrived back home and immediately published his Democracy in America. It was readily apparent that he had the knack for understanding American citizenry and its institutions like few others. His book became an instant classic and is still essential reading in universities today. His insights were brilliant, full of candor, with a delightful tone of optimism. His observations have gone virtually unchallenged, but I’m thinking he might have been wrong, at least in part. Enthralled as he was with America, he worried that democracy might not survive because citizens seemed to…

Citizenship – “The Problem of Diffuse Passions”

Posted on August 15, 2011

So here’s where today’s average Canadian citizen is situated. To one degree or another elites have always managed this country, but in recent years their ideological divisions and partisan animosities have begun to degrade both the effectiveness and belief in democracy itself. Since the First World War, people like Edward Bernays have consistently attempted to keep citizens under control of sorts, first by fear and then by greed. Corporatism is now far more global than it is “Canadian” and continues to press for advantages like free trade, lower tax rates and a shrinking work force in order to pursue its profits and efficiencies. Modern media have kept tabs on all this like it was a scorecard, with winners and losers, instead of undertaking the…

  

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