Politics and its Discontents: The Murky Lessons Of History

Blindingly clear for some, obscure and ambiguous for others, the lessons of history need to be given close scrutiny these days, especially by our chickenhawk prime minister. Like so much else that his regime brays and sputters about, Stephen Harper’s recent tough talk about the Ukraine and the Middle East conceals, minimizes, dismisses or entirely ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Rembrance Day

After reading a fine piece in today’s Star entitled Politics shapes how we commemorate Canada’s wars, by journalist Jamie Swift and history professor Ian McKay, I couldn’t help but think back over my time in the classroom, and how I dealt with the subject of war. It was rare for a year to go by ...