Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome to the Disgruntled Democrat's Blog

As the name of the Blog suggests, there is something amiss in Canada. Specifically, although we have appropriated the word democracy to describe our political system, we do not live in a democracy.

To be more precise, we are ruled by an elected oligarchy.

Almost without exception, during a provincial or federal election the electorate transfers its capacity to make its collective decisions to a minority that assumes the power of a majority as a result of a systemic distortion of the popular vote.

In short, private gain trumps the common good because our political institutions were designed to bring about this result. Consequently, the well-being of the general population suffers in order to enrich a small minority.

My focus will be the political economy in the US, Canada, Quebec, and the region where I live, the Outaouais. My approach is evidence-based, which will inevitably entail the examination of empirical studies comparing various political and economic variables.

As much as I can, I will attempt to be non-partisan and forego ideological debate. That being said, based on the existing evidence, I cannot help but take strong positions on climate change, the depletion of natural resources, and the unequal distribution of wealth. As well, I will have much to say about our institutional practices and the controlling myths that prevent us from breaking free from our colonial past.

Feel free to participate in a civil exchange of ideas, and I will do my best to provide you with thought-provoking texts that will hopefully serve as a point of departure for your own exploration of the ideas expressed in this Blog.

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