Politics and its Discontents: Citizenship For Sale

Are there things that money shouldn’t be able to buy? In an age when the ‘wisdom of the market’ is an orthodoxy embraced by many, it is a question that the neoconservative agenda would suggest borders on heresy. Yet that is precisely the question economist Michael J. Sandel poses in his compelling and thought-provoking book, ...

Alex's Blog: Bargain Basement Citizenship and the Decline of Democracy

We ought to be outraged. Just about every day our media provides a new account of the decline of our democracy:  the inadequacies of our electoral system and allegations of electoral fraud; the high-handed treatment of our Parliament through inappropriate prorogations and overuse of omnibus legislation; a government ever more authoritarian and opaque, resistant to evidence and reason, and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Concern For The Collective

For whatever reason, I am one of those people with a deeply ingrained sense of fair play that recognizes we are more than simply individuals ‘doing our own thing’ in isolation and with no regard to others; I happily acknowledge that we are part of a larger agglomeration that we name ‘society.’ So yes, I ...