Populism can be a good starting point for political action. What really matters is: where do you go then? The difference with right-wing populism is that it rejects the social route.
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.
New CLC President Hassan Yussuff is asking whether unions can recapture issues of dignity, standing up and having a voice for both traditional workforces and the new "precariat."
The act of voting is less simple than it seems. People are quite able to vote or act against what seem like their "real" interests in order to take a symbolic stand.
Tim Hudak's budget-balancing fanaticism and fearful view of debt are not based on anything actually there. They are a fearful extrapolation of what might occur.
For a long time, the NDP has floundered over an absence of clear principles while trying to stay anchored to its social democratic principles. Andrea Horwath marks a change.
Policies like TFW aren't confined to specific places like Canada or particular moments. They're part of extended historical conflicts over power between forces like capital and labour.
The "debate" about CBC resonates less and less. It's probably time for the super-verbalizing to end and for CBC to either produce or get off the pot.
The Israeli government is trying to close the question of who is a Jew with a simple answer. It won't work.
Mad Men starts its final season on Sunday. It's ironic that it happens at a time of serious decline for advertising itself, which for over a century was the linchpin of the capitalist system.
There's much to learn from Justin Trudeau's brief moment of obscenity at a charity boxing gala last weekend about politics and the skills that make for an effective politician.