Tag Archives: democracy

The Walrus Live – Of hope and faith: Lapham vs. Brandeis

I like Lewis Lapham.  I was a devoted reader of his essays in Harpers for years and was excited to hear him speak in person at The Walrus Live event at the Brickworks last week. Lapham always made beautiful sense to me.  He articulated my unease about the dark undercurrents of neocon rhetoric during the…
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your democracy is functioning well when…

When it resists the most overt attempts at manipulation, you know your democracy is functioning well.  Even when it produces the wrong outcome, you can be confident that it’s still working correctly and will eventually outlast the geniuses who think they’re gaming it.  That’s the lesson I took from stories told in the recent books…
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Secret’s Out: International Trade is Just Trickledown Economics 2.0

From @PMHarper:  “The #CETA trade negotiations are the most transparent and collaborative that Canada has ever conducted. #cdnpoli“ Sure.  I don’t know who PM Harper was trying to impress–maybe his mother–because no one in the Canadian laity bought that line. There is a reason why democratically governed nations resort to secret meetings when it comes to trade agreements. …
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