Saturday, April 17, 2010

Our last Redeemer Political Science Film Night and Debate chaos in motion

Originally supposed to be over a dozen alumni, current new Young Political Scientists Interested in Learning Onsite Now and old Redeemer University College Political Science Association members and undecided freshmen, the final number was dropped to half and less, as some came in noted the lack of fellow poli scis such as Jan Korevaar, Nathan Martin and Kevin Bratcher and left to find the others, then all those others would come after those previous had left to search, oh the madcap hilarity that ensued, making the night one comedy of errors no Hollywood laugh a minute flick could match before the showing even started.

The film we ended up showing, due to all the cancellations, lateness and overall ineptitude the days between the essays and the exams bring us, was a made for television CBC miniseries H2O from 2004 in the university's recreation centre, which starred and had been written by Paul Gross who plays Canadian Prime Minister Tom Mclaughlin in the movie. Between the hidden agendas, betrayal and murder, comes a mininarrative that an exclusive continentalist power elite run the country by political, economic and military force, a power strengthened only by the assassination of his father and focused only in gaining Canada's most valuable resource being water. After the film, we had a discussion that included a topic by outgoing RUCPSA and YPSILON member David Nusko on the power elite, military industrial complex and its security over liberty iron triangle, as well, two on the political policy process and the effect of union and corporate powers upon it respectively coming from rookies Christian Vandergeest and Katelyn Borgdorff.

Redeemer's Political Science department, which is headed by Dr. David T. Koyzis and also assisted by Prof. Robert Joustra and Dr. Justin Cooper, is going in the right direction based upon film nights and the discussion, discourse, dialogue, debate and deliberation of the issues afterwards, giving academics an alternative from the positivist world politically we see all around us every which way we look from statistics, behavioural polling and other quantitative methodologic data that brings the legislation of the law of the land as it tis and the enforcement of its order over the people as they are to a normative perspective of the foundation and function of laws and values being to what are their purpose, meaning and goals as they could be in their qualitative methodolgical ends as they should be, such as the question what is truth and its evaluation in life, which in the end is the most important question of all.