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This is why we can’t have conspiratorial things


 

Jonathan Kay explains why we don’t have any good conspiracy theories.

In recent months, conspiracy theories have dominated the political discourse in the United States: Millions of Republican “birthers” believe Obama is a foreign-born, communist Muslim, or that his health-care plan is a plot to send grandma before a “death panel.” In such a climate, it is impossible to have anything approaching a rational political discourse, which is why the U.S. is so gridlocked over how to reduce its massive debt.

The Canadian political climate is far healthier, and less overheated. In Canada’s recent election campaign, we fretted about how “shrill” things got. But, by American standards, the conflict here was mild: Sure, the Tories made a big deal about how long then Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff had lived outside of the country. But they never once accused him of forging his birth certificate.


 

This is why we can’t have conspiratorial things

  1. “The Canadian political climate is far healthier, and less overheated.”

    Definitely less overheated, don’t know if it is healthier. At least Americans care enough to create theories whereas Canadians are indifferent or passive. People would probably have contempt for conspiracy theory involving Canadian Fed government and I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing. 

    And Obama does want to create death panels – it’s how Government decides to ration medicine or who receives what treatment – we just call them ‘breast-cancer disease site group’ or suchlike.

    “Ontario moved Thursday to fund the costly breast-cancer drug – a potentially life-saving drug – for small tumours ….. Not all oncologists were of the same view: On June 11, 2010, a member of the 25-person breast-cancer disease site group that advises government suggested the province consider funding Herceptin for women at higher risk of recurrence with smaller tumours.” Globe/Mail, May 2011

  2. As one who has dealt with the Canadian health care system far more inimately that I ever would have wanted to, I do NOT share the view that the health care debate in Canada is any less emotional or any more rational than what happns to our south. Canadian politicians don’t talk about health care becasue they are afraid of the consequences. At least the subject is discussed in the American political system albeit at a hyper-ventilated level.

  3. Sure, the Tories made a big deal about how long then Liberal leader
    Michael Ignatieff had lived outside of the country. But they never once
    accused him of forging his birth certificate.
    Of course the CPC (through their media arm) did attempt to make Iggy out to be the mastermind behind the Iraq war, which seems like a rather large step into American-style political crazyness.

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