Alex's Blog: Why we have no time for politics

Samara recently published yet another study showing that Canadians, especially young Canadians, are profoundly disengaged from formal politics.  Not only are citizens voting less and participating less in political parties, they are not writing, reading or even talking with friends about party politics. While many are still donating money and time to causes, they don’t have much ...

Alex's Blog: Why we have no time for politics

Edward Hicks, c. 1824, “Peaceable Kingdom”, National Gallery of Art, Wikipedia Commons. Samara recently published yet another study showing that Canadians, especially young Canadians, are profoundly disengaged from formal politics.  Not only are citizens voting less and participating less in political parties, they are not writing, reading or even talking with friends about party politics. While many ...

Autonomy For All: Equality of Opportunity Requires Greater Equality

I know this isn’t new to many, but it doesn’t get said enough.  Various conservatives and neoliberals get away with saying “I’m for greater equality of opportunity, meritocracy, but not enforced greater equality.“ They should be called out on it, as it is utter nonsense.  You cannot promote equality of opportunity without some amount of ...

Song of the Watermelon: The Forgotten Issues of Quebec’s Student Strike

The ongoing three-month strike by Quebec university students over tuition increases has sparked near-unanimous outrage from members of Canada’s mainstream commentariat — and not just over the violence, but over the very content of what students are demanding. What do these spoiled rich kids have to protest, the pundits wail, when already they pay the ...