Sunday, May 14, 2006

Big Daddy Harper

I love Ian Brown from the Globe & Mail. He manages to write these long feature articles that are actually quite subversive. A couple of years ago, he travelled through the U.S. and documented the rise of evangelical fundamentalism. He took a special trip to Colorado, where he interviewed James Dobson, the King Poobah of Focus on the Family, a multi-billion dollar a year industry/religious movement (that has declared "war" on same sex marriage, abortion, etc. -- the usual suspects).

Anyway, his latest feature for the Globe sounds like it was taken straight from the words of George Lakoff, a communications guru in the U.S. who has studied the way that Republicans communicate. (Those who know me are aware of my current obsession with Lakoff's book Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate). Brown argues that if Stephen Harper should have any nickname, it should be Big Daddy -- referring to the obsessive control he has over government communications and policy planning.

I make a similar point about Harper's communications strategy in my latest column for Capital Xtra. I love George Lakoff. 'Nuff said.

1 comment:

abcdefg said...

It's amazing that a radical like you gets label of 'progressive'. In fact it is your very values that are regressive against the positive and progressive views of society and the overwhelming silent majority which opposes every 'gain' you make in yout alternative agenda.
It is refreshing to have a govenment that welcomes your opportunity to wrire so freely but will not feel they have to bend to your social agenda or any other right or left agenda. The govrnment needs to govern and stay out of these issues. Truly progressive people understand that. It's pretty obvious then to see why you feel you have to push your agenda on the public.