All key social issues today relate to challenging corporate wealth and power. It's hard to imagine mounting any real challenge without an economic counterforce, which is what unions are.
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.
I keep encountering anthropologists (mostly but not only in print) who help more in understanding how the world works today than other experts do, even in their own fields.
I think Martin Luther King was right when he said the arc of history is long but bends toward freedom. But it will keep bending without getting there, at least not for a long time.
I'm grateful to American-Irish writer Harry Browne, for writing The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power) on the ultimate "celebrity humanitarian."
Democracy isn't a classic script that actors must memorize and never deviate from. It's more like improv, shifting and reconstituting.
The Arab Spring wasn't an event with a result to preserve, it was a piece of process. Same for democratization.
Harper's found a way to integrate the panic over jihadi bombers with his single-minded economic focus on Alberta oil extraction, by targeting the mostly benign, non-violent environmentalists of B.C.
Turkey's "standing man" protester, created by performance artist Erdem Gunduz, is a brilliant addition to the iconography of non-violence.
Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are young male models of heroism, duty and self-sacrifice like the Hardy Boys or Tom Swift once were. They're the Horatio Whistleblowers of our time.
Bullying (or what it ineptly refers to) and sexuality aren't sidelines to juggle so that the real task of taking arid tests like this week's EQAO exams can occur.