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One Year Later

June 28, 2011

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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 […]

On Torture: Disarming the Ticking Time Bomb Argument

June 3, 2011

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I haven’t done a proper take-down in a while, so when Peter Worthington wrote this disturbing little piece justifying torture, I couldn’t resist. Here’s the most pertinent quote: “The great human rights lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, startled his fans after 9/11 when he endorsed “non-lethal torture” (like extracting fingernails), in certain extreme case where vital information […]

The Liberal Co-optation of G20 Violence

April 12, 2011

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You’ve gotta give the Grits some credit for their turnaround time, if nothing else. The news about Gazebogate just dropped yesterday, which means that some poor animator must have been toiling all night on this: Generally speaking, I like it. It’s aggressive, it’s factual, it’s specific, and it just might be able to capitalize on […]

Five Ethical Problems that Should be Election Issues

April 6, 2011

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The campaign trail has been fairly disappointing thus far. While all Federal the parties have brought forward a few token policies, the election issues we have seen thus far have revolved primarily around coalitions, debates, Stephen Harper’s fear of criticism and Michael Ignatieff’s character. These are not the discussions we need to be having if our country’s […]

Car Supremacist Watch: Day of Action Edition

February 10, 2011

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I decided to keep this anecdote separate from my larger post about the CFS day of action, because it has little to do with student politics or provincial education policy, and more to do with self-entitled jerks and the culture that encourages them. One concern which probably influenced the police decision to attempt to block […]

The Student Day of Action: A Critical Perspective

February 6, 2011

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I began last Wednesday with a moral dilemma. You see, I wholeheartedly agree with the Canadian Federation of Students that tuition fees should decrease. Raising tuition fees is not just a massive transfer of wealth from the young to the old, but also an excellent way to undermine competitiveness in a global economy that is […]

What G20 Justice Would Actually Entail

December 23, 2010

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It looks like the courts, the mainstream media, and maybe (dare I suggest?) the government are finally starting recognize that something went severely wrong with the policing of the G20 protests this past summer. Recently, the Ontario Ombudsman concluded that the police were, in fact, vastly overstepping their bounds, and that the conduct of the […]