Murray Dobbin

Murray Dobbin is rabble.ca's Senior Contributing Editor. He has been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for 40 years. A board member and researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, he has written five studies for the centre including examinations of charter schools, and "Ten Tax Myths." Murray has been a columnist for the Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press and contributes guest editorials to the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and other Canadian dailies. He writes a regular "State of the Nation" column for the on-line journal theTyee.ca which is published simultaneously on rabble.ca.

Murray has written five books, including critical profiles of Preston Manning, Kim Campbell and Paul Martin. His "The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen" has been described as a citizens' guide to globalization. He has also prepared radio documentaries for the CBC Radio's Ideas series on subjects including taxes, human rights and the right-wing regime in New
Zealand.

A long time social activist Murray has been involved in many movements from the anti-nuclear movement, to the fights against so-called free trade and public private partnerships. He is the founder of Word Warriors, a project which co-ordinates letter-writing to the editorial pages of newspapers across Canada. He is a Senior Advisor to the Rideau Institute on International Affairs.

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Oct 4, 2006

How the West destroyed Afghanistan

Murray Dobbin
In order to sell Canadians on our war-fighting mission in Afghanistan, the Harper government resorts to using language that reduces the debate to an adolescent level. By constantly repeating phrases
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Sep 28, 2006

Harper's pride tied to military muscle

Murray Dobbin
It is alarming for many Canadians to watch Stephen Harper, the head of a minority government with the support of fewer than 40 per cent of citizens, turn Canada into a nation of war. But that is what
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Jun 29, 2006

Wolverine PM eager to fight

Murray Dobbin
As I watch Stephen Harper almost daily on the television screen, I am reminded of a nature show I watched years ago about the wolverine. It is easy to attach human characteristics to an animal noted
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May 15, 2006

Green Party shake up

Murray Dobbin
The Green Party of Canada is about to go through a major shake-up that could have quite an impact on the unstable federal scene. Jim Harris, the corporate inspirational speaker who has led the party
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Apr 24, 2006

President Harper: A reminder of who he really is

Murray Dobbin
The only thing missing when Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks is an American flag as the backdrop. A long time admirer of everything American, Harper even included an explicitly pro-American claus
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Mar 18, 2006

Partnerships BC: more is less

Murray Dobbin
You've heard it a thousand times: government should be run like a business. The problem is, those who make this judgment never say which businesses government should emulate. We can hope, of course,
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Mar 6, 2006

David Emerson: Canada's corporate cowboy

Murray Dobbin
The end justifies the means: that's the “new” ethics of the Stephen Harper government, and David Emerson's defection fits the mould perfectly. The only excuse that Harper can come up with i
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Jan 26, 2006

Harper is PM, but the winner is left-wing Canada

Murray Dobbin
Something must be right. As I write this, it's Tuesday morning, post-election, and the sun is shining in Vancouver for only the second time in about six weeks. It sort of fits with my conclusion as I
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Jan 20, 2006

Paul Martin: He has a record

Murray Dobbin
How do you judge a politician's promises? It depends, in part, on whether or not they have a record to go by. Of course, that's not absolutely necessary — you can judge Stephen Harper by what he
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Jan 6, 2006

Vote to take government back to the people

Murray Dobbin
For the last 25 years, most governments in Canada (and all of them at the federal level) have been willing accomplices of corporations. But the point is to take government back, not abandon the only

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