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Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Globe and Mail.
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Revisiting 1930s authoritarianism through Donald Trump

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Give this to Donald Trump: he helps us picture how the anti-democratic, right-wing, personality-driven movements of the 1930s came to power. Those movements are usually characterized as fascist though they were diverse, and the term itself is hellishly hard to define. As time passed, they faded into an inexplicably "evil" moment in history which thankfully couldn't happen here or now.

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We need an economics of the heart

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Celebrating the lyric craft of Newfoundland columnist Ray Guy

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I had the honour of participating last weekend in a tribute to Canada's greatest columnist, except he wasn't Canadian. He was Ray Guy and he was a Newfoundlander.

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A questionable record: Delusions of objectivity in the social sciences

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The American Psychological Association held its annual convention this past weekend in Toronto. It's a huge organization, about 100,000 members -- academics, researchers, practitioners. This is the seventh time in 37 years that they met here, a frequency or repetition compulsion that may be worthy of research and, possibly, therapy. Canadians belong to it, the way the Blue Jays belong to the American League. We're in it but not always of it.

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What happened to nationally televised election debates?

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Thursday night -- and it means the first televised election debate.

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Can the NDP and Liberals differentiate themselves enough to beat Harper?

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The NDP's Olivia Chow took the plunge in a particularly irritating way this week when she announced she's running against Liberal MP Adam Vaughn in a downtown Toronto riding. It felt like a bad omen for an election that hasn't even begun and will drone on for over twice as long as usual.

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A dangerous manipulation: The Cosby Show and its Huxtable persona

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Gloria Allred, the Hollywood lawyer for some of Bill Cosby's sexual assault victims, told a press conference that he isn't Dr. Huxtable, as if it would've been OK if he was. I'm afraid I differ. Huxtable, who Cosby played on the hugely successful Cosby Show from 1984-92, was also a manipulative fraud and imposter.

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Progress is a slippery notion in politics and history

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Keeping score can be exhausting and confusing. On Thursday morning, we had more golds but the U.S. had more medals. So who's on first? And if you assign points metallically, who's winning then? But I didn't mean the Pan Ams when I started this paragraph, I meant politics and history. Take the past week.

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Are the Liberals and NDP the same, but just don't know it?

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Liberals and NDP are the same but don't know it

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The inhuman economics of the Greece-EU catastrophe

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Let me recount a recent car breakdown melodrama with relevance, I hope, to the Greece-EU catastrophe and other economic nightmares.

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