Monthly Archives: May 2004

It’s more fun to run for office than to run the country

One curiosity about this election is that none of the parties seems much interested in governing. They are fixated on winning power. Like a compulsive seducer obsessed with getting the lady into bed but unwilling to take out the trash, … Continue reading

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Reclaim politics from the cynics

Evidently we’re meant to be excited about this election. The Citizen’s Susan Riley just confessed, or boasted, that “Frankly, I find this game more exciting than playoff hockey” as she set off to do a campaign blog updated several times … Continue reading

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Canada’s mixed message: Vote, but don’t talk about it

There’s an election coming up. How grand.
I share P.J. O’Rourke’s view, in the April Atlantic Monthly, that “I’m fascinated by political enthusiasm. To me, selecting my democratic representative is a lugubrious duty, more like making a will than cheering the … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for humanity

Waaak waaak waaak. I often make that noise when I realize how badly I just parked. But soon my car will do it for me. And “Cock-a-doodle-dooooo!” or possibly “Waaaaaaah!” if my engine catches fire. True, for now I still … Continue reading

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‘What If’ is a useful way to know ‘what now’

What if Hitler had won the Second World War? What if Einstein had been run over as a child? What if Al Gore had won the presidency? What if the Gunpowder Plot had worked? What sort of mess would we … Continue reading

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