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Democracy Anyone?

It is a myth that we have popular control over our governments. Hope reigns eternal and the frameworks are put into place: everyone ought to be able to vote (who -the working class, at what age, with property, women…..the issues are ongoing) elections must provide a real choice voters have adequate information to sort out […]

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Magna Carta foundation

In 1215, the Magna Charta began a codified system of limited government and due process of law. No one can arbitrarily be punished without a legal case. Consult with nobility before taxing (parliament must approve). This Magna Charta enabled the foundation of Canada’s 1867 British North America Act (the BNA Act) setting Canada up as […]

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Constitutional Law

Peace, Order, Good Governance Many efforts to prevent war ( a sustained organized violence between states, when politics and diplomacy has failed) have been tried: United Nations, the International Monetary Fund to control exchange rates among some 130 states, the European Common Market, FTA, NAFTA to eliminate barriers to trade and capital. The world isn’t a simple […]

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Ready, set, action!

Democracy is founded on vision to galvanize a people into responsibility. Without a vision, the people perish. Some of that vision is born out of myth. A myth is something which is accepted to be true. The notion that all men are selfish and rational and that history is progressive is a myth. An ideology […]

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Nations and States

The Nation: has common values, shared identity, history, language, customs, culture both subjective and a state of mind, a cultural identity, a group of politically conscious people usually in a specific territory who want to possess its own state and its own government, may or may not have its own state, feel different from others, […]

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Values Added

You – Part of the Law Making Process What law-making values are important to you? Is it dealing with significant scarce resources? Is it: everyone with land to “own”, justice, security, equality, freedom, decent housing, access to post-secondary education, clean air, health care? Disagreement and conflict are inevitable in handling scarce resources. The difficulty in obtaining […]

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Law Making Philosophies

Normative thinking in the balance Cultural biases play a part of who we are and the direction we want to head in. We can see prescriptive “normative” attitudes and structures as both comforting and stagnating simultaniously. We need to look at the legal and ethical principles which underly the state. When we accept that no […]

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Power and Authority to Make Laws

The state is given a social contract to make laws where it is expected to meet the basic needs of its own citizens. Legislation creates laws for conflict resolution and organizational cooperation hopefully with security, order and justice using a balanced use of force, power and authority. We need to look at power and government, […]

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Common Law Roots

Feudalism King William of England introduced the Western Europe system of feudalism based on a series of rights, duties and obligations. With the monarch at the top of the feudal structure and owned all of the land, large pieces or manors were parcelled out to his lords and barons, who became vassels owing alliegence, managing local administration and […]

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Not a Pipe Dream

Many of us will go to the mat to stand up to injustice. Others are simply too frightened to stand up for anyone or anything. I met someone today who did bullying behaviour just to follow his friend for a lark, hurting someone in the process. Sometimes we are just too weak, too scared or […]