Browsing All posts tagged under »Activism«

Why aren’t Cyclists Angrier?

March 23, 2014


I was pulling up to a red light on my commute home one day last summer when I heard the screech of rubber on the pavement. A the car swerved violently around me, coming to a stop about twenty feet ahead to take its place at the end of the queue of cars. I followed […]

Gelatogate and A Theory of Justified Offense

November 23, 2011


I’ve been rolling this around in my brain for a while, but it’s essay-writing season and so I’ve either been too busy or too lazy to actually write about it without some prompting. Luckily, the skeptic community has provided me with just the prompt I needed to drag myself away from my heterogeneous combination of innovation studies […]

6 Pro-Eviction Arguments Refuted.

November 15, 2011


Last Saturday in my hometown of Halifax, mayor Peter Kelly negotiated with the occupiers to vacate the parade square for Remembrance day.  When they complied by moving to another park, he sent the police in to clear them out with physical force. 14 people were arrested, mostly for sitting nonviolently in tents. Last night in […]

Occupy Edinburgh Day 3: Demands

October 17, 2011


I was busy today, so I didn’t make it down to the occupation as I did over the weekend. Tonight’s blog post is therefore going to be a little bit more theoretical. I’m going to address one of the major criticisms of the movement: that it is aimless and lacks specific objectives. I’ve seen this […]

Early Reflections on Occupy Edinburgh

October 15, 2011


I was in the highlands for the past two days, and my train didn’t get into town until about 4 PM today, so I was a late arrival to the small protest encampment that has now been established in St. Andrew Square. I missed the initial setup and only had a brief, conicidental encounter with […]

An Open Letter to the Window Smashers

October 11, 2011


Dear Window-Smashing Anarchists, I must confess that I am somewhat confused as to why I keep finding you at political rallies. My understanding of your political philosophy is that you want to hang the last bureaucrat with the entrails of the last capitalist. Giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming that the extreme […]

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 […]