It came to seem to many of us, since he is a relative new inhabitant from the US in this country, that he was expecting that Canadian democracy was not much more than what passes for democracy in the US. Now very often that is true, that Canadian democracy, the formal or "State" aspects of it anyway, are not much more meaningful than the Amerikan model notions. Both of our "official" notions of formal democracy are afterall fundamentally modeled on the merchant class compromise with the monarchy notions of it, evolved out of the aftermath of the English Civil War of the 1600s. At the street citizen level though, I think, we Canadians tend to expect much more, and have generally been much more prepared to accept, or at least tolerate, a much wider range of social and political opinion and practice than has the empire heartland to our south-, as a general rule and with exceptions.
And Beers evidences much more, I think, the US sensibility still around issues of what constitutes a more real democracy, and what constitutes actual political and broader ideas "feistiness". That is, especially if it doesn't fit within the narrower definition demanded by loyalty to "the State" and "the System" of capitalism, and the proverbial, if more myth than real, land of the free and home of the brave. Which over the US Empire expansion period, and of special interest here, has been extended to include the requirement for all to genuflect to their Middle East ally Israel. And if he/she won't, then brand the sonuvabitch as disloyal, an anti-semite (without even realizing that actually means "anti-arab"), or simply ban the recalcitrant blighter, as Tyee did in my case. Tar, feather and run the bugger out of town, in the classic wild west mythological tradition of Beer's still, at least his emotional and lingering sensibilities homeland.
I actually think he is having difficulty accepting that many Canadians, at least, are a little less impressed with the Amerikan two basically indistinguishable parties democracy view of the universe, or that it actually is the best of all possible worlds. Indeed, the degree to which it does exist up here is being challenged by notions of a more radicalized participatory democracy and such. And that what passes for "the left" in the US is not quite the same up here. There is a different history and tradition, as there was similarly, though it got confused in the times, with the old USSR.
Too bad for you Beers, and us too actually. Because we were prepared to accept you, and you had an idea that looked like it might actually work as an actual "liberation" instrument for awhile there. Until it frightened you, I suspect, and you decided to simply banish, what you saw as the main problem challenging your still US view of the world. With the banning victim just happening, in this instance, to be myself, of course. (And no doubt, as your discovery of Glavin demonstrates, we do have those, especially in "some" sections of the Jewish/pro-Israeli left in this country, but elsewhere on the right as well, who tend to share that US centric view. )
Which is okay, and I harbour no real grudge or malice toward you. You have in a way actually been the instrument of my liberation from the limitations of Tyee "The Tame One". 'Cause maybe, just maybe, we can actually achieve here, what it looked like, for awhile, you and Tyee, now, like I say, "the tame one" might have. Might have.