Intransigeance

Jean-François Lisée:

Il est patent, pour moi en tout cas, que le refus gouvernemental de sauter sur la proposition, à coût nul, des étudiants est d’une incommensurable irresponsabilité. La sortie de crise était là, à portée de main. Elle a été refusée pour la seule raison que des ministres, des députés, des électeurs, ne comprendraient pas “cette logique-là”. Pour la seule crainte que ce faux gel — les étudiants paieraient, mais autrement — serait perçu comme un vrai gel, donc un recul du gouvernement.

C’est pathétique.

Casserolles-non-stop, indeed.

Culture of Distraction

Neil Postman, in the foreword to Amusing Ourselves to Death:

Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

Now on my reading list.

Flinch Mob

Gaëtan L. Charlebois on the Michael Healey business:

I am not seeing discussions about why we flinch, think we have to flinch and might flinch in the future. Or, better, how we can stop flinching… [This] is just going to grow and grow over the next three-four years to the point where the Tories need do nothing at all to keep us all “in line”. We’ll do that job all by ourselves.