Angry times require rational argument

But in the time of Trump, there is too little reasoned articulation of viewpoints and too much posturing and pouting. It puts us all at risk

Angry times require rational argumentWe live in angry times. So much of the volume is directed over the Internet, by individuals tethered by coaxial cable to a universe of other individuals. Millions of people sit in rooms by themselves venting into screen space what they never would find courage to vent if they went out into the public sphere.…

Social recipe brews up a life that imitates a new work of fiction

Warren Kinsella's new novel Recipe for Hate chronicles fanatics insinuating their way into positions of power

Social recipe brews up a life that imitates a new work of fictionLife sometimes imitates fiction – and not in ways you’d expect. For example, I’ve just published a book called Recipe For Hate. It’s a novel. Without giving away the plot, I can reveal that Recipe For Hate is about fanatics insinuating themselves into positions of power and influence. It’s about zealots, on the right and the…

How Donald Trump will finally lose his steadfast supporters

Opposition research showing a bizarre scene in a Russian hotel room will ultimately be released and it will be the president's undoing

How Donald Trump will finally lose his steadfast supportersHate him. The 70 per cent of Americans who self-identify as Democrats or independents share one thing: they hate, hate, hate Donald Trump. They want him gone. Impeached, indicted, whatever. Gone. The 30 per cent who still call themselves Republicans, however, love him. They adore him. They stick with him. No amount of controversy, no…

Facts or flights of fancy: how Trump tackles problems

Could it be that, at 71, Trump draws on an innate ability to reason that works in the absence of any understanding of the facts?

Facts or flights of fancy: how Trump tackles problemsRigour, noun: the quality of being extremely thorough, exhaustive, or accurate. As in, “His analysis is lacking rigour.” Synonyms: meticulousness, thoroughness. If there’s one quality we have a right to expect from the most powerful person in the world, I would argue that it’s rigour. When your decisions have the daily power of life or death…

The decline of the American Republic

The collapse of Ancient Rome sent the Western world into centuries of darkness. Let's hope it isn’t happening again

The decline of the American RepublicThe decline of the U.S. and the rapid erosion of its moral authority have, under Donald Trump, reached the breaking point. Either Americans change course to renew and restore their republic, or they will continue the slide into tyranny and ruin. But... many say, hold on now, surely the U.S. Constitution preserves the values and…

A respectful protest turns into political football

If NFL owners cave in to public pressure and ban taking a knee, they will only be seen as kneeling to Trump

A respectful protest turns into political footballNFL players kneeling during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner is an issue that should have fizzled out in the United States, and probably would have except for the nation’s president. It started in August 2016, when NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the American anthem. He did it…

NAFTA assault may force Canada to spread its wings

The ongoing Trump follies may force us to become a more independent country

NAFTA assault may force Canada to spread its wingsIf there is a silver lining to the cloud-covered attempts to salvage North America’s 24-year-old trade pact, it is in witnessing former Canadian political foes rallying together for the cause. Former prime minister Stephen Harper is the latest Conservative to head off to Washington to lobby on behalf of efforts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s…

Touchdown! Donald Trump scores in his fight with NFL players

Five easy ways the president will win his battle with NFL players over taking a knee during the U.S. anthem

Touchdown! Donald Trump scores in his fight with NFL playersU.S. President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm when he told a Huntsville, Ala., rally, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now!’” For someone who “wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL” before criticizing players for taking…

Trump pulling Canada into a NAFTA quagmire

Canada should not fall into the trap of believing that traditional Canadian-U.S. goodwill will prevail with the president

Trump pulling Canada into a NAFTA quagmireWhat's the point of NAFTA or any of the other 'free' trade deals if craziness can simply overwhelm them? American authorities have sideswiped Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier with punitive duties. No unbiased observer can explain the outrageous 220 per cent duty imposed on the importation of Bombardier's C Series jets. There are two disturbing reactions…

Canada and the U.S.: A tale of two countries

Compared to the Americans, we’re showcasing a national unity and sense of purpose that verges on the exemplary

Canada and the U.S.: A tale of two countriesThe Syrian food concession at the Powell River Saturday farmers’ market is doing a crackerjack job of introducing us all to hummus, manoushi bread, falafel and tabbouleh. There’s now a lineup every market day to sample and buy from the community’s two adopted Syrian refugee families. They also had their food tent set up on…

Is Trump unstable and therefore unable?

Trump's regime won’t offer its president for examination by anyone's head shrink. If he’s removed, it won't be because of the 25th Amendment

Is Trump unstable and therefore unable?Is being absolutely crazy an impediment to ‎high public office? It’s a question much debated here in the Disunited States. ‎As Donald Trump continues his ever-downward descent into the darkest, dankest depths – praising neo-Nazis and white supremacists, threatening to shut down the U.S. government if Congress doesn't give him his wall to keep out…

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails on

Donald Trump’s vision is myopic and shambolic, but there appears to be only the promise of more of the same in the future

Chaos on the poop deck but the U.S. ship sails onIt’s seven months into the Donald Trump presidency and what have we learned? Are things going as planned? Is there a plan? Does the future augur a new tomorrow or more of the same? There are a few home truths on broad display: our man loves to play golf, on his courses, in states where…

Punk queen Exene Cervenka embraces Trump

Exene Cervenka of X embodies a growing constituency in the United States which believes nothing emanating from government or the media is true

Punk queen Exene Cervenka embraces Trump“What is wrong with these people?” It’s a question you hear quite a bit in 2017. Usually – but not always – it’s asked when the subject is Donald Trump. Trump is the most unpopular president in the history of polling. Seventy per cent of Americans want him out. Almost as many think he won’t…

A grand Trump strategy at work? Don’t count on it

Trump Jr. has now handed Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing all of this Trump-Russia stuff, the proverbial smoking gun

A grand Trump strategy at work? Don’t count on itStupidity. When every other explanation fails, there’s always stupidity. Years ago, when I wrote for the Calgary Herald and the Ottawa Citizen and the like, media folks still had expense accounts. We would gather at a local canteen, dissect the latest bit of political skullduggery and charge our beneficent corporate overlords.  So when Prime Minister Brian…

Unrepentant as he unravels, Trump is surely done

The president just couldn't keep his mouth shut – and his thumbs away from Twitter – and now it seems certain he will be drummed out of office

Unrepentant as he unravels, Trump is surely doneUndersell and overperform. Those of us who had the honour and privilege of working for Jean Chrétien knew that aphorism well. It was his mantra and therefore ours, too. It worked. Chrétien was never once defeated in his 40 years in the political game. He won three back-to-back majorities and was the most popular Canadian…