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January 25, 2006

The Rubik's Cube that is Quebec

Jon sent a link to this Free Will article on the implications of the Tory surge in Quebec:

Quebec, up to this point, has never been a mature post-Enlightenment culture, and generally remained mired in feudalism much longer than the rest of North America. They are the French, but never went through the changes of the French Revolution, nor have they had modern and firm experience in self-governance, only participating in a government that was long seen as foreign and disinterested, if not as an actual enemy. Indeed, that government did not enjoy true sovereignty until just a few decades ago, and took those steps somewhat reluctantly rather than with confident self-assertion. (In fact, their one grand attempt at doing so, the Rebellions of 1837, ended in failure, with the British uniting Ontario and Quebec in the aftermath, almost as if to punish them both.)

Interesting, although it's a lot of supposition built on only indications that may be misleading or temporary. Still, it's worth reading.

Posted by Nicholas at January 25, 2006 06:05 PM
I wish people would say "uninterested" when that is what they mean. A disinterested government would be something else again. /pet peeve Posted by: Flea at January 26, 2006 06:25 PM
I find that one much less bothersome than some of the other common malaprops we find online. Posted by: Nicholas at January 29, 2006 09:58 AM

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