Welcome to JP Melville's review, experience, and statement on foreign aid and the international development industry. A conservative faith in family. A love affair riding the riotous tensions between money, personal freedom, the majestic travesty of our specie's ecological footprint, and economic politics. Selected writing of both prose and poetry, anecdotal travel log to rhetorical essay, dating back from the 1980's to the present. Enjoy!
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Democracy drives me back to the table.
Cheerleading on identity politics as a subterfuge for winning votes makes the meal difficult to swallow.
Can you folks really believe this following statement from a country that, purportedly, operates on the principle of rule of law... and not ideology?
It is worth reminding ourselves why we step up—why we devote time and resources to foreign policy, trade, defence and development: Canadians are safer and more prosperous when more of the world shares our values.
Those values include feminism and the promotion of the rights of women and girls."
Standpoint epistemology is not a credible justification of YOUR point of view.
I believe that I am right does not make me right.
Yes, there are identity politics. However... the valued pursuit in democracy is a higher value than yours'... it is the common good.
How on earth and in the universe and throughout all time did we come to believe that this picture was beautiful?
Where is the evidence that "Canadians are safer and more prosperous" because the world shares our values, including feminism?
What a mixed bag of worms kind of statement... and even the bag has holes in it.
Monday, 23 September 2013
I have one last contribution.
My solution to all the gender, ecological, education, political, and everything else problems of the day is very simple.
Provide free bottled gas to all persons who want it on the entire planet.
Free = free.
Of course, this is mostly for cooking.
Then see how much money gets dumped into education.
And home construction.
From the pockets of the poor.
And the poor will drive the future.
It will cost the rich next to nothing.
Not a bad investment.
And even the rich can profit from this.
Buy gas stocks now.