Regarding the tone Canadian popular culture has assumed over the past several years, it seems to me to have changed from the self-effacing and the respectful to the brash and the humorless.

I’m no expert, but following  the narrative outlined for us from the 2010 Olympics a la ‘owning the podium’ to the militarization of the hockey culture to the craven disinterest in honoring our treaty obligations like Kyoto to the veneration of such concepts as ‘greed is good’, the latter paid for by taxpayers and promoted by the CBC, one can’t avoid being struck by the shifting nature of the Canadian sensibility.

It’s not so much that these attitudes are new, but rather they’ve moved from the margins of the culture to the forefront in an attempt to reflect the current ideological mind-set of those currently occupying Ottawa.  And its worked.

Also reflected in this new cultural paradigm is a palpable disinterest in intellectual curiosity or probity, resulting in policies unmoved by fact or sound argument, or the opinions of those people on the ground like John Edwards et al whose job it is to implement, for example, the new ‘tough on crime’ legislation.

So if Bertrand Russell were to advise those in government, what might he say?

When asked for advice to future generations worthy of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Russell gives a very good answer (despite the sexist video title), and one I’d hope wouldn’t require Canadians a thousand years to appreciate.

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