Thomas Flanagan (political scientist)

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'Canadian society' or the 'Canadian nation' cannot decide anything, because no one is in charge.

Thomas Eugene Flanagan (born 1944) is a political scientist at the University of Calgary and a conservative political activist. He has served as an advisor and ideological mentor to Canada's current Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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  • Well I think Assange should be assassinated actually. I think Obama should put out a contract and maybe use a drone or something. There's no good coming of this...
    • Power and Politics with Evan Solomon, CBC Newsworld, November 30, 2010, 6:10pm
  • Evan Solomon: Just for the record that's pretty harsh stuff..
  • Thomas Flanagan: Well I'm feeling pretty manly today...

Game Theory and Canadian Politics (1998)[edit]

  • 'Canadian society' or the 'Canadian nation' cannot decide anything, because no one is in charge.
    • Chapter 1, Rational Choice, p. 5
Ever since Comte first set the agenda of social science, his megalomania lingers on in sociology, political science, and other disciplines.
  • Ever since Comte first set the agenda of social science, his megalomania lingers on in sociology, political science, and other disciplines.
    • Chapter 1, Rational Choice, p. 19
  • I want to illustrate the concept of a solution in mixed strategies with a concrete example using real-world data, but I have not been able to find an appropriate one from Canadian politics.
    • Chapter 2, Game Theory, p. 30
  • But if politics is an art, it is not like sculpture or painting, where one side acts and the other is passive material. It is more like drama without a script, or dance without choreography - in other words, improvisation. Either player may surprise us again with a new move.
    • Chapter 3, Stalemate At Lubicon Lake, p. 54
  • For the foreseeable future, Canada will have to be functionally bimetric, as well as a bilingual, country.
    • Chapter 4, Models of Metrication, p. 58
  • The foot, the pound, and the pint are all close to the size of many things used in daily life. In contrast, the metre, the kilogram, and the litre are all rather large, and the centimetre, the gram, and the millilitre rather small, for many practical uses.
    • Chapter 4, Models of Metrication, p. 64
  • There is no iron law here, but there is clearly some tendency for larger-than-necessary coalitions to disintegrate.
    • Chapter 5, How Many Are Too Many? Size of Coalitions, p. 88
  • In its Morgentaler decision of January 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the centrepiece of Canada's abortion law, section 251 of the Criminal Code. The court held that it conflicted with section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the 'security of the person'. This ruling radically changed the legal status quo; it was as if Parliament had repealed that section of the Criminal Code without passing a replacement amendment.
    • Chapter 8, Staying Power of the Status Quo, p. 120
  • Finally, it should also be noted that the very existence of a bicameral legislature is itself another defence of the status quo.
    • Chapter 8, Staying Power of the Status Quo, p. 138
I prize every candle in the darkness of the universe, even if it is not a supernova of blinding illumination.
  • Public opinion can become polarized into a bimodal distribution with only a few people in the centre and many more lying toward the extremes. But under such circumstances, democracy will probably break down into civil war, and spatial models of party competition will be irrelevant until order is restored.
    • Chapter 9, Invasion From The Right: Reform Party in 1993 Election, p. 142
  • Like all of mathematics, game theory is a tautology whose conclusions are true because they are contained in the premises.
    • Chapter 10, What Have We Learned?, p. 164
  • I prize every candle in the darkness of the universe, even if it is not a supernova of blinding illumination.
    • Chapter 10, What Have We Learned?, p. 170 (Last text line...)

References[edit]

  • Flanagan, Thomas(1998). Game Theory and Canadian Politics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-7946-6

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