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One Year Later

June 28, 2011


I tried to write a post on the G20 anniversary yesterday, where I made a carefully constructed argument about the necessity to remember what happened a year ago in downtown Toronto or some other thing. It didn’t work. I found myself somewhat paralyzed as I tried to type it. For the first time in several […]

The Anarchist Meme, and Other Conspiracy Theories

June 22, 2011


I thought the Canucks riots could be dismissed relatively quickly, but no such luck. Since writing my last post on the events in Vancouver, I have had two real life conversations and one incredibly aggravating twitter exchange with people who think that anarchists were to blame for the riots. They echo statements made by Vancouver Police Chief […]

An Obituary for the Word ‘Terrorist’

June 19, 2011


Writing about the popular perception of fascism in 1944, George Orwell said the following: “It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, […]

The G20 Protests vs. the Canucks Riot

June 17, 2011


Comparisons between the two are flying fast and furious on Twitter, so I think it’s time to lay out some basic facts. I’m feeling lazy tonight, so I’m going to go over the similarities, most of which are pretty superficial, in point form: Both riots originated from events that are entirely acceptable and even praiseworthy. […]

Some common ground on sex work.

June 15, 2011


The Ontario court of appeal is hearing a case that will probably be the final deciding factor as to whether Canada’s sex work laws continue to exist in their current form. The current legal framework allows sex work, but punishes those who do it by making it illegal for sex workers to take any basic […]

On Prosthelytizing, or Why I am an Accomodationist

June 14, 2011


My last post, in which I wrote a letter to Richard Dawkins which may have been a bit too flattering, has drawn some scorn my way from a few of my readers. After a few well-deserved rebukes, I think it’s necessary to point out that Richard Dawkins is a bit of a tool. I don’t […]

An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins on the New College of Humanities

June 8, 2011


The situation in the United Kingdom is quite instructive on the effects of austerity measures: they lead to disaster. Canadians would do well to learn from this; Cameron’s policies are a good indication of what Harper has in mind for Canada. Take the education reform bill which was their first meaningful flashpoint in the history of […]