There's nothing illegal about propagandizing for the status quo, as The Cosby Show did, but it may have done serious damage anyway, like its star's sexual behaviour.
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.
What makes us certain that progress is a thing and that we can keep score of it? As this past week shows, once you start scoring history, others can tote up precisely the opposite results.
Does Canada have one main opposition party -- an amalgamation of Liberals and NDP: LibDP? Seems like it.
There's no way anyone normal can make human sense of the European Union's callous approach to Greece, says Rick Salutin.
The precedents for declaring what's culturally barbaric are pretty scary, as the exhaustive and heart-rending work of the TRC on residential schools sadly shows.
The urge to identify symbolically with some larger group runs wide: countries, faiths, "races," Ford nation, Leafs nation. What makes identity so compelling?
Free trade once got by on theory and jargon: It's free, it's trade -- what could go wrong? But now, decades on, there's some reality to test it against.
Fired CBC host Evan Solomon is surely the boss of his own conscience but still, he may have found it confusing at CBC regarding what was valued there.
Is there any reason to think strikes and the unions which call them will ever reacquire the aura of romance and moral legitimacy they once had? Yes, there is.
U.S. foreign policy always manages to metaphysicalize itself out of specifics and into abstractions. The cultural source of this pattern is Captain Ahab's pursuit of the white whale in "Moby Dick."