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We Pivot: THIS Man Is Ahead By A Century

How about you? Are you ahead by a century, like Gord Downie is? Do you walk among the stars? I can only aspire to. I want to pivot to a new world of connection and rich culture and community. I … [Read more]

Politics and its Discontents: The Fight Must Continue

Because I am quite a private person, I rarely discuss anything personal on my blog. But I will, to a small extent, break that general rule today to convey something I have come to understand.

The catalyst for today’s post is a comment that Kirby Evans made in response to something I posted yesterday, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Fight Must Continue

We Pivot: White- and Male-Dominated History Perpetuates White, Male Supremacy

If, like me, you don’t recognize these women as household names, you are likely a victim of history education that focuses on males and white people. And while you are likely not a racist misogynist, we all have to do … [Read more]

Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the first things America’s political left would do during the 2016 election post-mortem is to attack minority groups like trans* people, and “identity politics.” That narrative says Americans decided a potential fascist (when you consider his policy proposals, unilateral rhetoric, media manipulation . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

Politics and its Discontents: I’ll Keep Posting These Kind Of Videos

…. whenever I find them.

Meanwhile, these letters from Star readers remind us that the threat of racism is never far from home. We must be constantly vigilant and ready to take action against it: Re: Signs in Toronto urge white people to join ‘alt-right’.

Marilyn May is correct in asserting that these fringe . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: I’ll Keep Posting These Kind Of Videos

Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

Unfortunately, bias and prejudice are an ingrained part of human nature, and as much as we might wish to deny it, there are demons that reside in all of us. The only honest way to deal with them, in my view, is to admit to and confront them as the first steps in overcoming . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

We Pivot: America’s Coming Civil War

Weeks ago, as I was approaching the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun, I launched WePivot.net. My goal was to move out of what started as a George.W.Caesar anti-imperial website, that morphed into an anti-Harper #SoftFascism website, into a new thing … [Read more]

We Pivot: You’re Not a White Supremacist, Right?

Sure, you’re not a racist, but you are likely living in a culture steeped in white supremacy. And male supremacy. A culture with rich, systemic norms and institutions that benefit the entitled people. Even if you do not practice patriarchy … [Read more]

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Words Are Important

Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Words Are Important

We Pivot: Trump, Hypocrisy and Fascism

My Canada…my WORLD…involves people with integrity. The new American president spent months attacking people with racist, xenophobic and sexist venom. But when people satirize him, or criticize him, he cowers like a victim. This is hypocritical people living in glass … [Read more]

We Pivot: My Canada Does NOT Include Kellie Leitch’s Racism

I am ashamed for Kellie Leitch. Partly because she knows/shows no shame for her racism and xenophobia. Partly because also as a professor at a university I throw up a little bit in my throat imagining how Leitch may have … [Read more]

Trashy's World: For those Canadians who think that the election of Trump is of no matter to us…

… wake up. I have literally no patience for those people anymore. Zero. He has emboldened racists everywhere. Even in my own backyard. A Synagogue not far from where I live and even closer to my kid’s school was defiled with anti-Jewish and racist slop the other night. This Synagogue is a special place for . . . → Read More: Trashy's World: For those Canadians who think that the election of Trump is of no matter to us…

The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?

Yesterday we read Kinsella’s post about a white power, Alt.Right handbill posted in his neighbourhood. Today we have an account from CBC Ottawa of a woman, Anna Maranta, a rabbi no less, who awakened in the early hours of Tuesday morning to find a swastika and the word “kike” spray painted across the front . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?

Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch, Donald Trump, and the Racist Rebel

I don't know from what diseased mind or minds those hateful posters came from. I don't know whether those racists were inspired by their Lord Emperor Donald Trump.Or boosted by Kellie Leitch's emulation of him, and her politics of division.But I must say I find this deeply disturbing.Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch, Donald Trump, and the Racist Rebel

The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Be Under any Illusions. Alt.Right Lives and It Will Have a Voice in Trump’s White House.

I’ve been using the word “AmeriKa” to refer to Trumpland. Now it seems I might be infringing on somebody else’s intellectual property rights.

Kinsella found this handbill plastered on what appears to be a light post near his neighbourhood.

I was a bit surprised to see the URL for america.org. I was drawn to explore . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Let’s Not Be Under any Illusions. Alt.Right Lives and It Will Have a Voice in Trump’s White House.

We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Do not conform.

Do not give in.

Do not let the soul within you be molded or driven cold by circumstances, geopolitics, megalomania and division, or desperate people flinging their abuse at you because they think you’re a snowflake.

Do not let the Soft Fascism on the rise since 9/11 become hardened with jackboots, brown . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Dead Wild Roses: Of The Training of Black Men – W.E.B. Du Bois

Du Bois has a talent for using his prose to sift directly to the root of the problem, and then offer an equally elegant solution. The problem of race in America continues to this day, but Du Bois has already blazed the trail toward a possible just solution – in one paragraph.

“Again we must . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Of The Training of Black Men – W.E.B. Du Bois

We Pivot: What Political Scientists and Pollsters Don’t Know

Clearly a great deal.

Polling is broken. Random sampling is gone. People lie. People self-select. People self-deselect.

Pollsters try to adjust for demographics, but they fail.

Political scientists?

Most of us do not have enough of a sense of the breadth of the populace to have been able to expect a massive Trump win like . . . → Read More: We Pivot: What Political Scientists and Pollsters Don’t Know

Alberta Politics: Wildrose whip condemns racist imagery after the fact? That dog won’t hunt! Jason Nixon should have walked away

PHOTOS: A shot from the Twittersphere of Saturday’s anti-carbon-tax protest in Red Deer (grabbed from @IamBunbury). Below: A close-up from the photo of a person who appears to be Jason Nixon speaking to one of the protesters, and a photo of Mr. Nixon from a Wildrose event in 2015. Below that: Former MLA Joe Anglin . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Wildrose whip condemns racist imagery after the fact? That dog won’t hunt! Jason Nixon should have walked away

We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

If you’re looking for what real leadership looks like, it’s this.

UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip once again demonstrated what integrity looks like as the federal government once again tries to waffle on commitments and listening to the Supreme Court.

Not only has the prime minister floated a trial balloon recently about how we don’t . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

You’d think Obama would want his legacy to not be settler/colonial terrorism against First Nations water protectors. See the video below.

You’d think he would not be interested in people being dragged from prayer circles to be arrest and put in kennels.

You’d think he wouldn’t want anyone putting numbers on the arms of prisoners. . . . → Read More: We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

Dead Wild Roses: Spiritual Strivings – W.E.B. Du Bois

The story from the other side, to feel what others feel and appreciate and understand what their experience is like is the first step in resolving the injustices that mar our history and continue to sicken our experiences as we move forward.

“I remember well when the shadow crept across me.

I was . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Spiritual Strivings – W.E.B. Du Bois

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name

Congratulations, Toronto Blue Jays on another exciting season!

Let’s hope that before the Atlanta B****s or Cleveland I*****s come back to Toronto they will have changed their name. And as I’ve argued in the past, the process of fixing racist team names can itself be a reconciliation moment.

A moment that you can help bring . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the Cleveland I*****s Racist Team Name

Politics, Re-Spun: What the BC Premier’s Reconciliation Smells Like

Quite simply, if a politician dangles child welfare money to anyone, but makes it contingent on embracing a sick LNG plant, what does that smell like to you?

I think it smells the same as when she tells a school board to close schools or else they don’t get seismic upgrading money.

I think . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What the BC Premier’s Reconciliation Smells Like