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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 […]

The G20 Protests vs. the Canucks Riot

June 17, 2011

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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. […]

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

June 8, 2011

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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 […]

Book Review: Collapse, by Jared Diamond

June 4, 2011

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Ezra Levant would make a terrible lumberjack: Notice how he takes a few seconds to even figure out how to work the chainsaw that he so clumsily wields against the potted shrubbery in his studio? Funny stuff. Ezra Levant’s rather predictable incompetence with power tools is not the most remarkable thing about this video, however. […]

Has Left-Wing Political Discourse Become an Echo Chamber?

May 31, 2011

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I’ve been living at my parents’ house in Markham, Ontario for nearly a month now, and life in the suburbs is really starting to wear on me. Chief among my frustrations is the fact that I have very little common ground with my family when the conversation turns to anything more substantial than the latest […]

We Will Survive This.

May 3, 2011

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Last night, I committed a grave sin of hubris. I was so convinced by the polls and analysis I had seen, that I took it for granted that Harper would not win a majority. Wanting to be among the first bloggers to comment on the election result, I therefore wrote a canned post celebrating the […]

Limited Memory and Misplaced Priorities in the Globe and Fail

April 28, 2011

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I haven’t been keeping up with my promised election posting schedule over the past few days, mainly because I had to mark my way out of a giant pile of first-year history exams. I thought I’d get a break after the required three straight days of marking, but no sooner had I finished than this shit […]