12.30.2005

offer

A generous friend of wmtc, Peregrinato, sent me some terrific reading material: "Peace, Order and Rocky Government: A Survey of Canada", from The Economist. Articles include:
* Alienating the west: Canada gets its very own Texas.
* A dream that does not fade: Quebec might yet quit Canada.
* Living with number one: Relations with the United States are fraying.
* A funny sort of government: Canada's dysfunctional politics.
* The perils of cool: Canada has everything, except perhaps ambition.
It's The Economist, so it's well researched and well written, although I think some of it leans too heavily on stereotype. I've been reading it for a while, trying to figure out how to blog about it, to no avail. There's too much of it, and no link. But I do recommend it.

So let me put it this way, if you'd like to read more, email me.

8 comments:

orc said...

The Economist is an okay magazine, but I don't know if their international coverage is to be trusted. A few years ago, they did a scathing expose' of the EVIL(tm) Oregon zoning laws which was simply a reprint of a tract that the anti-zoning developers in Oregon published (and got savagely debunked by basically everyone who wasn't on the anti-zoning coolaid boat) not more than six months earlier.

I had been a subscriber to the Economist for over a decade, but after that stunt I didn't feel I could trust any of their expertise about anything except southern England.

Beware.

L-girl said...

But no need to beware if you just want to read an article. It won't bite.

orc said...

It may not bite, but it may simply be a propaganda piece pretending to be news. And, shoot, if you want that online you can get it for free :-)

L-girl said...

Well, this particular story is neither propaganda nor news. It's a summary of the state of Canada right now, and some history of how it got that way. On the whole, it's an accurate assesment.

And it's also available for free, by emailing me. :)

I have no stake in this article one way or the other, but whatever caused them to do that Oregon zoning piece was not at work this time.

James said...

Well, this particular story is neither propaganda nor news. It's a summary of the state of Canada right now, and some history of how it got that way.

I should warn you, a lot of Canadians will suspect that a US "summary of the state of Canada right now" could well be a propaganda piece. There have been a lot of propaganda pieces about Canada's "archaic socialist health care system" (a real quote), or Canada's unreasonable trade practices (such as holding the US to the terms of NAFTA), or the dangers of Canadian drugs (see that Simpson's episode you mentioned for a spoof of that angle). Not to mention the whole "Soviet Canuckistan" business. :)

I'm not saying the Economist articles are propaganda; only that being "a summary of the state of Canada" doesn't mean they can't be.

Off topic: We saw a hawk on our block this afternoon!

L-girl said...

a lot of Canadians will suspect that a US "summary of the state of Canada right now" could well be a propaganda piece.

They're welcome to suspect anything they want. However, The Economist is British.

James said...

They're welcome to suspect anything they want. However, The Economist is British.

Ah, I never knew that. :)

L-girl said...

Oh yes, British, and very sober. Nary a Canuckistan in sight. :)