National Newswatch

Caught in Our Own Excess

Apr 8 2020 — Glen Pearson — We are creeping towards our post-coronavirus future.  The problem is that we don’t have a clear idea as to what it will look like, short or long-term.  That’s going to create an abundance of uncertainty likely to destabilize much of what we have relied on for decades.  Canada has earned plaudits for its overall handling […]

“What’s After the Pandemic? The New Renaissance?”

Mar 31 2020 — Glen Pearson — In an interview with our local paper yesterday, I was asked at its conclusion if I felt any sense of optimism at all during this crisis? I even surprised myself a bit when I replied in the affirmative. The thing is, there is a case whereby our collective exodus from these dark and lonely days […]

What’s a Life Anyway?

Mar 29 2020 — Glen Pearson — The Environmental Protection Agency in the George W. Bush era, in attempting to assess air quality regulations, reported that the value of the life of a 70-year old person was 37% percent less than the life of a younger person. This caused some politicians to suggest that seniors consider sacrificing themselves to save the economy. […]

“We Survive Through Our Institutions”

Mar 18 2020 — Glen Pearson — In his book The Good Society, author Robert Bellah says that institutions are “patterned ways of living together.” He reminds us that we often overlook the fact that our institutions are more than mere social associations but structural necessities that help us get from one age to the next. It’s been in vogue in recent […]

Racism by Other Means

Mar 10 2020 — Glen Pearson — Ezra Klein’s new book, Why We’re Polarized, effectively turns people’s political presumptions on their heads.  He challenges our thinking in ways that are provocative as well as researched.  In doing so, he has ripped open conventional thought in ways that are exceedingly uncomfortable. One of his key assertions is that modern voters are more linked […]

Why Socialism Won’t Go Away

Feb 20 2020 — Glen Pearson — It used to be the word socialism was a political term – just not one most people would take to.  In turns, it was deemed as too expensive, too populist, too extreme, and, in the end, too impractical.  And so it remained relegated to the left end of the political spectrum, where it retained significant […]

The Democratic Party’s Greatest Dilemma

Feb 14 2020 — Glen Pearson — He’s one of the godfathers of the Democratic Party and he’s just a little incensed. James Carville’s voice is being raised at a crucial time for a party desperately in search of a leader that can prevail in the November elections.  H appears to be losing it when he actually makes a lot of sense.  […]

Leadership Without Restraint

Feb 10 2020 — Glen Pearson — The media hinted that the knives were out the moment Donald Trump was acquitted and that’s just how it played out.  There’s no need to go over the bloodletting that has now infused the White House with that “revenge is sweet” demeanour; it’s incessantly on our news feeds  and doesn’t require a retelling here. But […]

Political Leadership and Blurring the Lines

Feb 3 2020 — Glen Pearson — When I first heard of it, I thought it was bogus.  But then an old Ottawa associate sent along a link to a Peter MacKay leadership ad that showed me speaking in the House of Commons about how he was a hero to one particular family.  Why was this suddenly emerging a decade after the […]

Creeping Toward the Ledge

Jan 3 2020 — Glen Pearson — Millions went to bed fearful last night and woke up this morning even more so.  We understood that it was inevitable that America would need to militarily respond to the killing of an American contractor in Iraq.  It came in the form of U.S. rocket attacks on Iranian sponsored military camps in Iraq, which then […]

2019 – The Year We Lived Dangerously

Dec 30 2019 — Glen Pearson — When novelist/journalist Chuck Palahniuk noted that this generation could be  “remembered more for what we destroy than what we create,” he could just as easily be describing the unfolding of events in 2019. To be sure, a lot of good things happened.   Austria named its first woman chancellor and the European Union elected its first […]

All That’s Left is Politics

Dec 17 2019 — Glen Pearson — It’s the secret glue that has held democracies together in ways we never fully understood – at least until now, when so much stability seems to have evaporated in the midst of crisis after crisis.  It’s called “convention” and, along with the rule of law, it was successful at establishing a ground rules that permitted […]

Softer Power in a Harder World

Dec 10 2019 — Glen Pearson — The captured scene of Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson quietly conferring on the actions of Donald Trump created its own sensation, but in many ways served as a microcosm of current global tensions.  It was an unfortunately timed incident that nevertheless exposed inevitable realities. The nature of power in a world of nation […]