Where would we be without print? I don't mean the printing press and movable type invented by Gutenberg. I mean the newspapers that were one result, and that have accompanied modern history, for better and worse.
Stephen Harper praised Rob Ford for "cleaning up the NDP mess in Toronto." Tim Hudak said he wanted to emulate Ford's by 'derailing' the 'gravy train' at the provincial level. How much will the ongoing Ford fiasco hurt other right-wing politicians in Ontario and Canada, and the overall conservative 'brand' in politics?
As of late, Ford Nation has been having a more challenging time rallying to defend Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in the wake of increasing scandal. But there is a mantra that they feel safe in falling back on when they wish to deflect from the controversy at hand: he's done good things for the city. He's cleaned up the financial mess the city was in.
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The Rob Ford story is not really about crack or poor leadership -- it is a story of systemic privilege. Although privilege operates on many levels -- personal, interpersonal and cultural; systemic privilege is perhaps the most dangerous form.
When we grant special benefits to individuals based on their social location (race, class, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation) rather than their competence and character, we not only set these individuals up for personal failure and a lifetime of "magical thinking"; we sign off on our collective demise.
There are many problems surrounding addiction. And in particular, many problems with active addicts in positions of power.
But part of the problem, in the larger picture, goes beyond the addict themselves. Another significant component in the issue of addicts in positions of power is enablers.
The people who enable them, cover up for them and make excuses for them. This culture of collusion around addicts who refuse to even admit they have a problem is a serious concern with anyone in a position of power.