July 17th, 2024

UCP policy is all about money and the economy

By Lethbridge Herald on November 25, 2023.


Taylorism is the plastic wrap of our century. Scientific management, so beloved by Conservatives of all stripes, from Preston Manning, Harper and Kenney; to the Obergs, Denings and Horners of the UCP. Some see elements of Ayn Rand’s economic rationalism, followed by Mrs. Thatcher and Mr. Reagan and the University of Chicago spin-off, University of Calgary.

 People following these disorganized leaders do not understand why nothing is working.

 The UCP policy is up and down. They may be entertaining, but in the end it’s all about the money, and the “economy.” 

University of Calgary economists and public policy people illustrate John Ralston Saul’s analysis in Voltaire’s Bastards: the unimaginative bureaucrats. 

They feel their ideology will work, must work; and they will work it until it does. Our economic masters have abandoned all humanity in attempts to save the Economy with international legalese so complicated that no one understands trade a

ny more.

 So, they have reduced it all to capital initials – as if these give it meaning. In the meantime, statism and regionalism sprout like persistent weeds. 

The new merry-go-round of ministers would sell our souls to a cheap labour deal if it had the right initials. 

Why the Alberta voters refuse to keep track of the scientific management failures is a study in the promotion of fear. Fear of taxes. Fear to keep the public off balance. Then in march the systems men, the Jesuits who believe the Pope is infallible; John Raulston Saul called them the “elites which serve neither our needs nor our desires” – Voltaire’s children.

Don Ryane


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It would be interesting to know if John Raulston Saul is on the reading list of the Premier or David Parker. Or, for that matter, any member of the UCP caucus.


About time.