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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Saturday, February 23, 2002

Those bellicose Canadians. A survey by Ipsos-Reid, The Globe and Mail, and CTV concludes that 51 per cent of Canadians agree with American military action against Iraq after being told that "President George W. Bush has stated that Iraq leader Saddam Hussein harbours weapons of mass destruction and is a member of the 'axis of evil' along with Iran and North Korea."
I can name that ideology in four notes. The Globe and Mail's ever-hard-hitting Focus section includes an article today on Professor Sut Jhally, from U Mass Amherst, who studies mass media as propaganda. Jhally knows a bit about propaganda himself, based on this interview quote guaranteed to ingratiate him with Canadian audiences:

Jhally was born in Kenya, raised in England and educated in Canada. But he has been living and teaching in the United States for nearly two decades. He says he would love nothing more than to live in Canada, "a civilized America with values America doesn't have. It's tough sometimes for Canadian progressives to see this, but things really are better in Canada." Yet he continues to reside and toil in what he affectionately describes as "the belly of the beast."

Implicitly characterized as an Important Mind in this article, Jhally will be giving a prestigious speech at Simon Fraser University next month. You might ask, "what keen research insights will he unveil during this speech?" Well, here they are:

"The economic function of mass media is driven by advertising," he says. "It's to make sure products are sold and consumed. What happens when you stop looking at mass media as vehicles for the dissemination of ideas, and start looking at them as vehicles for capturing audience attention for advertisers?

"We are still blind to what mass media is really about. Media companies stay in business because they get their money from advertisers and they provide advertisers [with] audience attention."

Yes, the Globe and Mail has devoted a half-page to a man whose academic research can be summarized by the 1985 Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing."
SloboGoogling for fun and profit. Since Matt Welch first publicized the 1355-name-strong petition to free Slobodan Milosevic, and challenged bloggers everywhere to google these sorry bastards to uncover more about them, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a blog that hasn't published at least one google-derived history of one of these signers (and Lord knows I've tried), for example here, here, and especially here. I now join the club. NEVER LET IT BE SAID THAT EXPATPUNDIT FAILED TO BUCKLE UNDER UNRELENTING PEER PRESSURE!

#161, Leopoldo Markus, economist, Argentina.

Mr. Markus has had an illustrious and varied career. When not penning insightful articles on funding for urban mass transit -- funding which is apparently too low due to "the servile observance of ‘the Argentine’ government to the dictations of the World Bank" -- Leopoldo spends most of his leisure time as a Socialist activist. Most recently, he spent the early-to-mid-1990s as one of the editors of a journal called "Latin American Socialism," which may have been the house organ for the National Left party. Surprise, surprise, "Latin American Socialism" railed against Argentina's support of the U.S.-led operations against Iraq in 1990-91.

Among the titles of sundry "Latin American Socialism" issues were the following (this is from a Spanish-language page translated by google): "AN UNFINISHED REVOLUTION WAS OVERTHROWN IN NICARAGUA;" "The support of imperialism is not enough to stabilize a government who lost all popular adhesion: THE CRISIS I LEAVE NAKED THE FRAGILITY OF THE MENEMISMO;" "The fights of the third world changed the axis of the revolution: IT FOLLOWS THE MARXIST THOUGHT EFFECTIVE?"

Finally, in 2001, Mr. Markus was a candidate for Senator in Argentina. According to google’s translation of this page , his party was called "Alliance In front Social Pole." I do believe he lost. Which gives him plenty of time to sign petitions in support of genocidal dictators.

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