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Politics and its Discontents: Powerful Words From Cornell West

Although he is addressing an audience in NYC, Cornell West‘s words are equally applicable on this side of the border. They seem especially important given the Harper regime’s many efforts to tear down Canadian values and the obligations we have to one another as both citizens and human beings.

If you want to see . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Powerful Words From Cornell West

Politics and its Discontents: To Read, Perchance To Think

Shakespeare purists will perhaps forgive my titular, out-of-context paraphrasing of a famous line from Hamlet, but it occurred to me yesterday and today as I read two fine essays published in The Toronto Star.

The first, by former Globe writer Michael Valpy (strange how that ‘newspaper of record’ has either lost or terminated . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: To Read, Perchance To Think

Politics and its Discontents: Attitudes Toward The Poor

“The more wealth you have, the more focused on your own self and your own needs you become, and the less attuned to the needs of other people you also become.”

So says social psychologist Paul Piff in response to a study Chronicle of Philanthropy report on charitable giving, discussed in a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Attitudes Toward The Poor