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The Warped Language of Public Policy
Couching moral/political matters in technocratic language helps us forget the unpleasantness of the underlying incivility and brutality of political measures. Political discourse is fundamentally dish...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Curiouser and curiouser
Tea Party members aren't foaming at the mouth racist bigots
A journalist travels to the first National Tea Party Convention in Tennessee as a delegate and finds the other delegates privately share his disdain for the racism and conspiracy theories the group f...
Eyes Like Blank Discs
The Guardian's Steven Poole On George Orwell's Politics And The English Language
Poole's review of Orwell is itself a textbook example of the kind of alienated response described by Orwell, Fromm and Schmidt. Whereas Orwell's essay is the work of an impassioned, outspoken individu...
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
The phrase "hardworking families" or "working families" is an example of a glittering generality in contemporary political discourse. It is used in the politics of the United Kingdom and of the United...
Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.
Beers, David; and Tyee Staff and Contributors
Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants...
How the System Got Trumped: Cambridge Analytica's Electoral Psyops Campaign
Available from Cinema Libre Studios, "Trumping Democracy" provides the key to understanding how we have ended up with the most unpopular president in history.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 24, 2015
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Featuring information and articles related to the October 19, 2015 Canadian election. The topic of the week is Voter Suppression, with articles about voter suppression in Canada and the United States.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016
Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 11, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
In recent years, there have been repeated attempts to build left political parties and coalitions, i.e. parties to the left of the established social democratic parties which have long become part of ...
Perhaps the most striking thing about most politicians is that they seem completely incapable of giving a straight answer to anything, of talking in ordinary language, of communicating. Language for t...
Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT's 1967 Attack on MLK's Anti-War Speech
John Oliver's Monday night interview of Edward Snowden -- which in 24 hours has been viewed by 3 million people on YouTube alone -- renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snow...
Politics of Illusion
Elections have become a contest to determine who is the best actor.
The 10 Dumbest, Most Offensive Political Ads in Recent Memory
Not a single election cycle goes by without some attempt to use fear of the "other" to win votes. Sadly, the results are sometimes successful.
Thoughtcrimes and Stupidspeak: Our Assault Against Words
We are tortured with repetitions. How many bloggers do we have in cyberspace, opining in a Duckspeak that gets a Bellyfeel response because those who have an opposing Bellyfeel response listen only to...
What is Stephen Harper doing to Canada? How can we stop him?
The Harper regime has had a toxic effect on Canada. The wealthy are better off, but most Canadians are worse off, and rights and freedoms, democracy, access to information, and science have suffered. ...
What's the Matter With That Union Boss?
The Real Yes Men
Why do the most right-wing politicians and corporate news outlets always use the term “union boss”? Because the worst thing they can think of is to say the leader of a labour organization acts like a ...
Why Voters Aren't Motivated by a Laundry List of Positions on Issues
Brewer, Joe; Lakoff, George
An introduction to cognitive policy – the values, frames, and arguments that make sense of the political process.
The Power of Persuasion
The Politics of the New Right in Ontario
Kozolanka looks at how the Mike Harris's new right conservative government came to power in Ontario Premier Mike Harris by using successful strategies from other countries to gain public accquiescence...
Rhetoric for Radicals
A Handbook for Twenty-first Century Activists
Del Gandio, Jason
Activists often suffer from a credibility gap because of their lack of coherent message and strategic delivery. Rhetoric for Radicals addresses and helps solve these problems. It provides the tools to...
Uncovering the Sixties
Life and Times of the Undergound Press
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...
Why Leaders Lie
The Truth about Lying in International Politics
Mearsheimer, John J.
A systematic analysis of lying as a tool of statecraft, identifying the varieties, the reasons, and the potential costs and benefits.
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