Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Experts!

It's been amazing watching anti-intellectualism come to the fore in the CPC since the census story broke. Some of the comment boards at my regular haunts have me sitting slack-jawed at my desk. The theme continues today in the G&M. That's right, in order to get to the bottom of this issue the CPC is going to call Mike from Canmore to testify about the census. I hope to God Public Works is installing a gong in the chamber. What a joke.

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  1. Almost certain that Don Cherry will be on the list...

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  2. I hear Joe the Plumber's been asked to toss in his two cents as well.

    By the way, you really should read about Pat Stogran's farewell press conference, held earlier today, if you haven’t already. One of the veterans who spoke at Stogran's invitation more or less threatened Harper and his government with actual violence. Go to CBC and read O'Malley's live-blog of the event. It's quite a rich dish. ;)

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  3. Yes, I saw that. I look forward to hearing Harper shift the blame to some faceless deputy minister. I also look forward to reading the scathing editorial from Sun Meida.

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  4. Sir Francis, having watched Stogran on various news broadcasts over the past 24 hours, I have to admit that he rubs me the wrong way. He seems bent on ignoring the concept of Ministerial Responsibility and is instead waging a (perhaps personal) war against specific senior public servants. He has a typical soldier's view, that is a wrong view, of the civil service and the way it is supposed to work.

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  5. This is getting to be a tiresome trope really. Defenders of Sarah Palin employ this same tactic in the manner of "Well, she wouldn't appeal to your elitist intellectual condascension." You can never win. You play at their level of discourse, and you are just not smart enough to understand how brilliant she is. If you decide to inject some thought using vocabulary beyond a grade 12 level, well, you are now too aloof truly to understand her ethos.

    I have said time and again: The point of conservatism was presumably to preserve the triumphs of civilization. If that were the case, there should be howls at the dangers of post-modernism and neo-ludditism. Instead, most of these idealogues would throw their wooden shoes into the foundational gears of human civilization if it meant to avoid disruption of their cherished ideological sensibilities. The irony of being beholden strictly to neoliberalism is that such a disconnecting and disruptive force in human society spares no institution from the assault of relativism, yet we are to believe that this new brand of Conservatism is the vanguard of continuity and preservation, elements, which become more and more prescriptive as neoliberalism rises in amplitude.

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  6. Shiner, I think you're making a spelling mistake. It should be "Snu Meida".

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  7. Thanks Chasman. That's what I always thought too, but I assumed Kory knows the name of his own company. That said, you know what they say about assuming: Kory's an ass... or something like that.

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