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Bits and Pieces – 20190207, Thursday – The Standard Model Part II

Commentary

I had a short conversation with a friend recently in which I voiced the opinion that the Harper conservatives in Canada were successful because they moved from the political right to the center. The Liberals were forced to share the left with the NDP, Green party and the Communists. The conservatives had no one right of them so they held the largest territory.

The Liberals appear to be doing it again. Their policies and financial management are increasingly what might have been identified with the left – broadly termed socialism. If their is anyone in the conservative party in Ottawa that is alive from the neck up, this might be the chance they need to regain power. At the least, if they can avoid shooting themselves in the foot as conservatives are prone to do, they may simply fall into a return to power.

But this is based on old school thinking. The problem is I don’t know where the center is today. In fact the Liberals may be right in the middle of it. Millennials and the emerging gen zeros may naturally be centered well to the left by an education system and media that has held that ground for the last fifty years or more. These generations appear to be sufficiently dumbed down and captivate by digital toys and social media that hey are incapable of critical thought and analysis.

Canada cannot survive as a sovereign nation, another four years of increasing socialism, economically, culturally or socially. Bringing a million immigrants into a moribund economy with a government whose spending is out of control will place our standard of living on a path convergent with the third world.

In the US, AOC has emerged as the darling of the Democrats. And they are not opposing her policies which are straight out of Looney Tunes: Green New Deal: “Air Travel Stops Becoming Necessary”. This is socialism moving into communism. As a rule of thumb I like to think that Canada lags the US by about three years. Will the last one to leave the room please turn out the lights.

Bits and Pieces – 20190118, Friday – The Standard Model Part I

Commentary

Although I write these blog articles in part to capture links and comments for future reference, in practice I find it difficult to find things for retrieval. There is a theme that has been part of my writing for a while and that is the idea of narratives that dominate our thinking. For myself, if I collect them together, they compose what I have come to call my standard model. I will begin to develop these ideas under the topic “Musings” and will tag the progression of my thinking in the blog article title starting with this one.

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