The link between economics and democratics isn't statistical, it's moral. Yet it can't find real expression through existing political institutions. The solutions can only be new democratic forms.
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.
I've spent recent days on an island north of Huntsville pondering the death from cancer, at 71, of the Irish-American left-wing journalist Alexander Cockburn.
It turns out referendums aren't just an aspect of Swiss democracy, they're its most distinctive, beloved element. On a national level they're usually held four times a year, with multiple items.
I went to Spain last fall hoping to find vigorous remnants of its bold anarchist tradition, though this time the cause worth giving everything for would be democracy, rather than socialism.
To mark the centennial of Northrop Frye's birth a week ago, I want to register -- not quite a disagreement with Martin Knelman's lament here about the lack of acclaim for our great literary critic.
The briefest glance still proves how undemocratic our system is, in which you merely need more votes than other candidates, to arrive "first past the post," and win a seat.
What if the problem is elections, not democracy -- because elections aren't all there is to democracy. That may be hard to absorb, since we tend to equate them.
If you'd like a titillating read this summer, let me propose Debt: The First 5000 Years, by David Graeber. It's a book that dares to question "the very assumption that debts have to be repaid."
The confusing thing about that bus monitor story from the U.S. is that it was treated as a case of bullying. What it really involved was youth dabbling in ways to undermine adult authority.
I'm not arguing against Confederation, or for it. The point isn't to celebrate Confederation, so much as to explore and develop its possibilities.