The NDP, including the Leap Manifesto, is still telling people what they should feel versus reflecting back to them what they've come to know. That's part of the problem, says Rick Salutin.
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 Toronto Star.
The time is ripe, it seems to me, for assessing the deep change brought by the Internet era. It's ripe because, now, there's a generation grown up entirely within that era.
Terms used to describe Ford Nation include ordinary Canadians. But that's statistically inaccurate and something else is implied: what once were called commoners; they're who Ford connected with.
In his new book, Noam Chomsky takes on a perilous human obsession: the mind-body split, dualism between spirit and matter.
Two spectral presences appeared during Justin Trudeau's visit to Washington, one Canadian and one American. You could almost see them onscreen, then they frustratingly faded, as spectres do.
Ontario's recent budget brought both good news and bad. But it all comes down to debt, which preceded capitalism, and has always been parasitic and economically destructive.
Some of Donald Trump's success has to be attributed to the fact that he's not playing the party game, though the game he's playing is happening in a party.
Responses to the death of Antonin Scalia, the right-wing, fundamentalist, vituperative U.S. Supreme Court Justice, have been notably sympathetic, even from the left. What accounts for the affection?
Most of the muddle, perplexity and aggravation re: the Ghomeshi trial and its witnesses this week could have been avoided if this were happening in a novel or film instead of a courtroom.
Bernie Sanders won't cave on the economics. It isn't that he doesn't rejoice over "other" victories. But on economic justice and fairness, he remains a hard-ass. And it resonates. Why?