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The post-partisan nation


 

JJ McCullough argues against a simple left-right political debate

Polls routinely show that the majority of voters in this country do not understand the meanings of even the most basic ideological terms. A 2004 poll, for example, had 50% of the public unable to answer whether the Canadian Alliance was to the left or right of the NDP … People vote for who they think will do the best job in the context of the moment. Sometimes it’s just as simple as that.


 

The post-partisan nation

  1. “Here’s a quick trivia question. Which party is more right-wing: The Conservatives, or the NDP?”

    Trick question, more like. Left, right in Canada is distinction without difference. It is not left v. right, it is Stasists v. Dynamists. Statists are in control and that’s why internet sucks in Canada

    Cons and NDP pretty much agree on everything – except corporate tax rates – going by how little choice we had in last election. Cons, Libs and NDP are all reactionary who want to control us, no major party says Canadians over 18 are adults and can organize their own lives.

    Virginia Postrel – The Future and its Enemies:

    With some exceptions, the enemies of the future aim their attacks not at creativity itself but at the dynamic processes through which it is carried. In our post-Cold War era, for instance, free markets are recognized as powerful forces for social, cultural, and technological change—liberating in the eyes of some, threatening to others.

    The same is true for markets in ideas: for free speech and worldwide communication; for what John Stuart Mill called “experiments in living”; for scientific research, artistic expression, and technological innovation. All of these processes are shaping an unknown, and unknowable, future. Some people look at such diverse, decentralized, choice-driven systems and rejoice, even when they don’t like particular choices. Others recoil. In pursuit of stability and control, they seek to eliminate or curb these unruly, too-creative forces.

    Stasists and dynamists are thus divided not just by simple, short-term policy issues but by fundamental disagreements about the way the world works. They clash over the nature of progress and over its desirability: Does it require a plan to reach a specified goal? Or is it an unbounded process of exploration and discovery? Does the quest for improvement express destructive, nihilistic discontent, or the highest human qualities? Does progress depend on puritanical repression or a playful spirit?

  2. I have long said that ‘left v right’ have no meaning anymore. Neither do other old political  ‘ideological battles’. Most people are centrist if anything.

    People want practical solutions to everyday problems,  without extremism, plus some forward thinking. 

    • The last election refutes you. 

      • LOL no it doesn’t. Voters don’t know the Cons from the NDP 

        • Hardly relevant, when voting for either proves my point.  People may say they want practical solutions, but what the last election shows is what they really want is a showman.  Just someone who can reassure them that things will be fine. The facts are irrelevant.

          • I told you long time ago that while voters say they want the truth….they don’t.  They want to be reassured.

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