Rescuing ourselves | Canada election 2021 | no change? Who says?

Having posted my thoughts on our election yesterday, I guess I'm obliged to comment on the result. This is not complete though - mail in and some other ballots are still being counted. At first sight the results look similar to the last election in 2019. The media are saying this and asking 'What was … Continue reading Rescuing ourselves | Canada election 2021 | no change? Who says?

Rescuing ourselves, or trying to | Canada votes

So today is Canada's election, and like most elections now, all eyes are on Left vs Right. In this country, the centre-left Liberal party has been in power for approx 6 years, but, since 2019, only with a minority government, so they have depended on smaller parties to back them up. Apparently our prime minister, … Continue reading Rescuing ourselves, or trying to | Canada votes

Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK and the plight of loners

I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard Lee Harvey Oswald described as the assassin of JFK. For example, the current Wikipedia article says, "Oswald shot and killed Kennedy on November 22, 1963, from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository as the President traveled by motorcade through Dealey Plaza … Continue reading Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK and the plight of loners

Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Mexico and the border wall

Yes, I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to listen to reports of the angry debate in the USA over the border wall. What you never hear in those arguments is the voice of Mexico. When I was teaching English in Mexico City in 1969, the school put me in charge … Continue reading Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Mexico and the border wall

Rescuing the Future | Tony Judt | J. M. Keynes | Ill Fares the Land

Change "nineteenth century" to "twenty-first century" and the following quote might have been written yesterday: Instead of using their vastly increased material and technical resources to build a wonder city, the men of the nineteenth century built slums ..... [which] on the test of private enterprise, 'paid', whereas the wonder city would, they thought, have … Continue reading Rescuing the Future | Tony Judt | J. M. Keynes | Ill Fares the Land

Homo Selfish|C. J. Meyer and A World Undone

Throughout my life I've been mildly sceptical of this almost universal belief that Homo sapiens is a true social animal. Even primitive humans are always depicted as living in tribes, not in small families or alone. But there is a lot of evidence to the contrary. Sometimes where you don't expect it. For example, recently … Continue reading Homo Selfish|C. J. Meyer and A World Undone