Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stephen Harper: The Rightest of the Right

In a February 1994 Globe and Mail article titled Neo-Cons: Young Bucks of the New Right journalist Miro Cerntig brings to light an important aspect of an at-the-time rising star Stephen Harper; that not only is he a neo-conservative, but he is a staunch neo-conservative.

Throughout the article Miro analyzes the future of neo-conservatism both in ideology and of its future leaders; one of those leaders is Stephen Harper.

Within the portion on the future Conservative Prime Minister, Harper is likened as one of the strongest conservative ideologues, surpassing Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, and Preston Manning. Stephen Harper is credited with believing that as of 1994, Canada "has yet to experience a conservative government"; that the progressive conservative governments of Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney in actuality were anti-conservative and acted to suppress the conservative ideology. Stephen Harper is quoted as saying:

"To me, the government was in effect suppressing conservatism because it was in power...True conservatives were reduced to silence, arguing behind closed doors. The federal Progressive Conservative Party was ideologically centrist and ideologically anti-conservative."
Considering while in office Brian Mulroney privatized over a third of Crown corporations, ratified NAFTA, implemented the GST, and supported the first Gulf War, I find it disturbing to think that Stephen Harper believes Mulroney was not only centrist but anti-conservative. If what Mulroney accomplished was centrist and anti-conservative, I would hate to witness what Harper believes is really conservatism and what a Conservative majority under him would do.

In comparison to his own Reform Party leader Preston Manning, Stephen Harper is described as a more 'muscular conservative,' as one more weighted strictly in conservative values. Where Preston Manning sought a balanced approach to the Reform Party, it was Stephen Harper who sought for only the strongest of right wings. Journalist Miro Cerntig continues:
Within Reform circles, Mr. Harper is viewed as the keeper of the neo-con flame, even more so than its leader. While Mr. Manning has tried to moderate his party's image, once even likening it to a hockey team that needs a left wing, a right wing and a centre. Mr. Harper is known for his muscular conservatism. He is unquestionably set to be a powerbroker on the right flank of Reform."
The most prevailing and impressing theme of this article is how conservative Stephen Harper truly is. That he is so conservative that by his own words Clark and Mulroney not only don't compare, but that they were centrist and anti-conservative by his view. Even Preston Manning, the Reform Party leader is suggested to be more moderate then Stephen Harper.

In reviewing these past articles pertaining to Stephen Harper I am more solidified in my opposition to the man who is more conservative than anyone gives him credit for.

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In case anyone is interested in the other 'up and coming' neo-cons that are mentioned in the first page of the story like Ezra Levant and Andrew Coyne, click on the picture on the right

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well I appreciate that you are playing it safe. Going after Harper makes a whole lot more sense than coming up with bullshit about fellow Liberals.
If you do now start taking the high road, promise me one thing. Please do not start posting a la James Morton. I'll read the paper if I want to find out news about Tiger Woods. His stuff is pathetic, really.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you post all this stuff during the election!?!?

Anonymous said...

Because I didn't find it. I apologize. I should have.

MilitantLiberal said...

Scott you also said you did some research on Frank McKenna. Who is more to the right, Him or Harper? Just kidding he's not that bad but he certainly leans right for a Liberal.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I have the article where its clear he's more then just a little pro-life, I just thought these were more interesting.

-scott

Mike said...

To me, the government was in effect suppressing conservatism because it was in power...True conservatives were reduced to silence, arguing behind closed doors

Ironically, that now describes Harper's own iron-fisted micromanaging management of the wingnuts in his caucus.

What a damned hypocrite this man is. And yes too bad you didn't find this 3 weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Well, better late than never....keep it up.

We all know about the Liberals - they've been disected and attacked over and over and over again.

I think some work on the NDP is called for as well - I'm so sick and tired of their sanctimony.

They've been clean federally because they've never been the federal government, but they sure have had their provincial scandals, etc.

Lyn

Anonymous said...

Even Preston Manning, the Reform Party leader is suggested to be more moderate then Stephen Harper.

In reviewing these past articles pertaining to Stephen Harper I am more solidified in my opposition to the man who is more conservative then anyone gives him credit for.

Yeah, I have the article where its clear he's more then just a little pro-life, I just thought these were more interesting.

While you are doing your research, could you please look up the word THAN? It really comes in handy when you are doing comparisons like: "Bob is bigger than Bill".

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being nice about it. I'll make the corrections. Again thanks for being so kind.
-scott

MilitantLiberal said...

Is anyone more of an anal, nitpicking Fuck THAN Anon 9:40?

Anonymous said...

Anon:

But what's interesting is though I corrected the second "then" I never had said the first. I tried finding it but could only find that I said:

"Even Preston Manning, the Reform Party leader is suggested to be more moderate then Stephen Harper."

And its sad because looking at Ip addresses you are one of the same anon's who keeps harping on me.

-scott

Jennifer Smith said...

It wouldn't have mattered if you had found this three weeks ago because moderate Conservatives would have just done what they always do when presented with this sort of evidence:

They cover their ears and sing, "La la la la la Liberal fearmongering la la la la..."

Anonymous said...

Another Yawn!
I guess you are on board with the Iggy team now.

Anonymous said...

Yes Anonymous you in your infinite wisdom have found me out I'm supporting Ignatieff because I wrote two posts on Stephen Harper. How do you do it? Doesn't your brain get hot thinking so much? And I'm actually also supporting Rae as I didn't write on him either....Oh and McKenna....I loves me some McKenna....

Oldschool said...

You guys will get either another Professor to lead the party or an ex-ndp failed Premier.
Harper at least is an Economist . . . remember when . . . Stephen Harper was warning Canadians – last year – about the challenging year ahead, St├ęphane Dion’s Liberals accused the Prime Minister of "overreacting" and they went on to oppose paying down debt, oppose lowering taxes and oppose strengthening our banking and mortgage laws.
Now, just when the world economy is slowing down and Canadians are looking to protect what they've got, Mr. Dion is proposing an unaffordable spending plan that would plunge the country into deficit and drive up interest rates. He is living in an economic fantasyland where money grows on trees, debts don't have to be paid back and people love paying taxes.
Being right-wing is one thing . . . but being RIGHT (as in correct) is much more important if you're steering the ship!!!

Anonymous said...

Oldschool: I think you are mistaken. The Liberals never said we weren't headed for harder times, in fact Stephen Harper has been on the record saying he will not allow a deficit and that the Canadian economy's fundamentals are strong; yet economists are saying there will most likely be a deficit and that the Canadian economy is not strong.

Anonymous said...

Please.

Stephen harper is no more an economist than a perosn who did a BA is a psychologist. He has never been employed as an economist, nor did he ever work for a private firm. He was the mouthpierce for an anti-tax whiner group and thats all.

If I am wrong please tell me where he worked as an economist or provide a link to his PHd thesis for at least a masters degree.

Prove me wrong.

Stephens also not a hockey player nor is he writing a book. Whats it been now 4 years? Whats he pulling? Where did he get his timing from? Avel Rose maybe? Stephen Harper Watches hockey occasionalll and thats about it.

Jason Hickman said...

Scott, can you post page 1 of that article, just for interest's sake?

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Jason:

There you go. Look for a young Ezra Levant and a mention of a certain Coyne.

-scott

Jason Hickman said...

Cheers, Scott.

Toronto real estate agent said...

Interesting, but common, it's 14 years, I believe people can completely change in 14 years...
Harper is definitely not an economist, on the other hand, it plays no role, important is if people he is surrounded by are economists or not. And I think Canadian economy IS strong - take a look at World Economic Forum's survey, we have the soundest bank system in the world according to it. That's not bad for now...
Regards,
Elli

Anonymous said...

Elli: I would agree certain aspects of the economy is strong, but overall it's in decline, at least until 2010. For instance, in August we had a deficit. It's predicted next year we'll be in deficit. That is not strong in my opinion.

-scott