Monthly Archives: August 2006

The third way’s third strike

Ten years ago, Tony Blair’s triumph looked world-historic. He seemed like a real-life Jed Bartlet, TV’s West Wing dream liberal Democrat with a social conscience, a Nobel Prize in economics and a backbone in foreign policy. … Continue reading

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The pain of home ownership

William Levitt, the American founder of prefab suburbia, once said “no man who owns his own house and lot can be a communist. He has too much to do.” Perhaps. On the other hand, by the time he’s finished doing … Continue reading

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Rescuing defeat from the jaws of victory

Former Chinese Communist premier Chou En-lai’s famous statement that it was too soon to evaluate the French Revolution never impressed me. Surely it is obvious that everybody lost. And while it really is still too early to evaluate the Lebanese … Continue reading

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Sanctimonious killjoys are sweet on banning pleasure

Oh, here’s a cheerful summertime story. You can buy your kid a T-shirt with “Sugar Free Baby” on it. If you’re what the National Post’s Body & Health section calls “a vigilant yet playful” … Continue reading

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Wake up, Mr. Ignatieff, please wake up

Dreamland. It’s a bad name for the Middle East.
Dreamland, though, is a very good title for Roy Rempel’s 2006 book about “Canada’s pretend foreign policy.” (Disclaimer: I helped edit it and have an ongoing relationship with the … Continue reading

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