Short essays on the here & now published in a monthly edition, featuring Rosemany Bechler (openDemocracy), Samir Gandesha (SFU), Iain Galbraith (author), Leonie Rushforth (author), and Christos Tombras (author).
This month: How far is a social distance? ... Axioms of choice... ANTI-SONG... The Part that Has No Part ... Whatever happened to Dunkirk spirit? Part Two
This month: Whatever happened to Dunkirk spirit?... SLIMY KNOWLEDGE... Endgame?... The Fire of Moscow.
This month: Truth, with strings attached... On Love and Loathing... Street Opera... A qualified welcome to a new Labour leader in the UK...The Gift of COVID-19.
This month: "Genocide is Not an Essential Service!"... Family likeness... THE WEST IS WINNING: Pompeo's address... Ten Seconds from Now... Evelina isn’t herself?
This month: The Left Contra Critique... HIGH-VIS.... Of Reasons and Causes... AGAINST EXTINCTION III – a revenant... Confusing green signs
This month: AGAINST EXTINCTION II... Thought Experiment... India after Modi... Trope-hunting... Julian Assange: another other
This month: The dimensions of the smirk... Johnson and I... A matter of choice... Spectres 2... The unravelling of the Reithian BBC, Pt.2.
This month: Beyond Descartes... The Devils Work (in 3 parts) ... Spectres... The unravelling of the Reithian BBC
This month: Family life... Chatter .... Great little men... DeepTrust ... Against Extinction
As the year closes, we return again to the thinking of Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt: this time, to find the contours for rethinking left populism in their concepts of ‘critique’ and judgment.
Thoughts on Asad Haider’s 'Mistaken Identity: race and class in an age of Trump' (Verso, 2018) contributed to a panel discussion at the fifteenth Historical Materialism annual conference in London. Review.
If these rebels hadn’t somehow found the courage to strike out in bold, new and, frankly, dangerous directions, we would all be the poorer for it.
Neoliberal globalization has increased both economic insecurity and cultural anxiety. Have theories of populism taken adequate account of such insecurity – key to understanding the difference between right and left populisms?
The politics of representation are mostly symbolic. In Canada, we have seen over the past two years such a politics of representation at work in the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.
The “No-platforming” of speakers with whom we fundamentally disagree can suggest that force ought to prevail over speech that is itself regarded as “violent.” This suggestion is deeply corrosive.
In the wake of the US Senate narrowly failing to pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill, we must return to the central question: is Canada becoming a petro-state?
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- “Dictatorship Contra Critique.” Le’Espace Art Actuel: Pratiques et Perspectives 125 (Spring-Summer 2020): 62–67.
- “Canada’s Battle Against First Nations Shows Slide Towards Authoritarianism.” Truthout.org, February 1, 2020.
- “Spectacle of Terror.” Contours Journal 9 (Summer 2019).
- “The Lessons of the World Cup for Our Victim Culture.” Vancouver Sun, July 27, 2018.
Reprinted in openDemocracy, August 2, 2018.
Reprinted in Socialist Project, August 2, 2018.
- “Is Symbolic Politics an Impediment to Economic Equality.” Canadian Dimension Magazine, Spring 2018.
Reprinted in openDemocracy, April 11, 2018
- “The Real Extremism of First-Past-the-Post.” The Vancouver Sun, April 21, 2018.
- “The Case for Electoral Reform.” The Vancouver Sun, February 3, 2018.
- “Unfolding the Folds: On Jeremy Isao Speier’s ‘Little Tokyo.’” Little Tokyo: Collaborative Essay Series. Vancouver: Talon Books, under review.
- “The Neo-Liberal Personality.” Special Section, “The Frankfurt School and the New Right.” Logos Journal.
- “Quebec and the Future of the Left in Canada.” Platypus Review, December 2015.
- “Slapp Suits Threaten Democracy.” With Byron Sheldrick. Globe and Mail, November 2014.
- “Is the State of Extraction a State of Exception?” Contours, Spring 2014.
- “Threshold: On Germain Koh.” In CJ Press Anthology of Exhibition Reviews, edited by C. Jeffries. Vancouver, BC: CJ Press, 2011.
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- “Who’s Afraid of the Squeegee Kids?” Canadian Dimension Magazine (Jan/Feb 2000): 19–22.
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- “Flowers in the Dustbin, or, Requiem for Punk.” Borderlines Magazine, 45 (1998): 8–14.
- “Food as Metaphor: Is Diversity the ‘Spice’ of Life?” Fuse Magazine 20, no.1.
- “Safe European Home: Notes on and from Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco.” Borderlines Magazine, no. 41 (Fall 1996): 34–38.