Social licence is just mob rule by another name

According to Brian Lee Crowley, social licence devotees disparage due process and are attacking the very foundations of democracy

Social licence is just mob rule by another nameThe logic of democracy is to democratize. Democratic desire is drawn toward the ideal of an ever-purer or more perfect democracy – one where the people’s will is expressed with immediacy. History offers many examples where immediacy has given way to democratic excess, be it the despotisms of Oliver Cromwell and Maximilien Robespierre, or the…

Are some of Canada’s mayors too parochial for their cities’ good?

There is no place in a progressive society for parochial globalism of the likes of Robertson and Coderre

Are some of Canada’s mayors too parochial for their cities’ good?CALGARY, Alta. June 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The roots of politics run through the ancient Greek city, or polis, where individuals assembled to direct their collective destiny. The ancient cities exemplified the art of self-government and arguably gave birth to notion of politics (our word politics comes from polis). But the ancient cities met their end…

Can Canada have it both ways on foreign policy?

The Trudeau government's muddled thinking will only lead to trouble

Can Canada have it both ways on foreign policy?CALGARY, Alta. May 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion caught the media’s attention in a recent [popup url="http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/stephane-dion-how-ethics-inspires-liberal-foreign-policy/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]speech[/popup] where he outlined his new sophisticated-sounding foreign policy doctrine. Journalists were inclined to dust off the works of early 20th century German sociologist Max Weber to decipher the words of the minister, a one-time academic.…

Are the Liberals really the party of science?

Trudeau is still cherry-picking between science and values, moving furtively from one to the other according to his interests

Are the Liberals really the party of science?CALGARY, Alta. April 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Justin Trudeau likes to underscore for Canadians that the Liberal party bases its decisions on facts, an approach officially dubbed “[popup url="http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-we-have-an-awful-lot-of-work-to-do/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]open data and evidence-based policy[/popup]” to give it sufficient scientific resonance. Transparency is a high democratic ideal, data is the currency of our technological…

Will terrorism undermine the European Union?

EU lacks the form and definition to provide a true security union in the face of a crisis

Will terrorism undermine the European Union?CALGARY, Alta. March 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Commentators on the terrorist attacks in Brussels have noted the symbolism of striking the city that houses NATO’s headquarters and is the de facto capital of the European Union. Some argue terrorism will hasten the end of the EU, or at least rescind the Schengen open-borders agreement,…

Is environmentalism fundamentally illogical?

Environmentalism claims that the fate of the Earth is in human hands, while exhorting us to abandon our mastery

Is environmentalism fundamentally illogical?//  environmentalism  environmentalism [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/environmentalism-fundamentally-illogical/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/environment-2/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]environmentalism[/popup]  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. March 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Political activists and legislators are fond of stating that economic and environmental policy ought to be harmonized. This notion, however, sometimes rests upon…

Does Canada have enemies?

We deceive ourselves if we deny even the possibility of having enemies in the world

Does Canada have enemies?//  enemies  enemies [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/does-canada-have-enemies/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/world-terrorism/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]terrorism[/popup] and the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/justin-trudeau/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Trudeau government[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Feb. 26, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Discussion regarding the Canadian military has renewed as the Trudeau government charts a course in foreign…

Do predictions trump prudence in politics?

Some experts, armed with an inflated sense of human reason and the power of science, profess more certainty than political reality allows

Do predictions trump prudence in politics?//  prudence [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/do-predictions-trump-prudence-in-politics/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on prudence in polltics and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/junk-science/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="0"]junk science[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Feb. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ — An old tradition argues that if those with genuine knowledge, rather than mere opinion, ruled, the political order would be…

Is there a limit to the politics of hope?

Reality lies between hope and fear

Is there a limit to the politics of hope?//  politics of hope  politics of hope [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/is-there-a-limit-to-the-politics-of-hope/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on politics of hope and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/justin-trudeau/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]the Trudeau government[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. Jan 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ -— Progressives and conservatives share a perspective of hope, even if each defines…

Does global humanitarianism weaken national citizenship?

We can — and must — help others, but without compromising the fundamentals that make Canada great

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