Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld, the Israeli novelist, died last week at 85.
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.
This column's topic, civil servants, may sound boring. But really it's about the surprising, almost entertaining incompetence of the Trudeau government.
Net neutrality has become the banner waved by those trying to save the unique virtues of the internet. Unfortunately, there's more gatekeeping on the internet than just by ISPs.
In the U.S., almost everything ends up in litigation because too many Americans lack faith in social or political forces, such as elections, government, unions, parties, social movements.
The great feat of public schools is being open to everyone; they offer unique opportunities to learn from those unlike us. That gets lost if school populations are desegregated by program.
The alternative to socialism is no longer neoliberalism; it's Trumpian racist populism, which is probably a nonstarter in Ontario.
Sophistication lies in giving yourself fully to the present while knowing it's transient, yet keeping in view, somewhere on the horizon, your larger goals.
Conventional soldiers "keeping the peace" could be as fatuous as the obscene "war to end all wars" was. But apparently most Canadians like the idea of peacekeeping -- who wouldn't?
One key indicator of elitism is the notion that worthiness is related to education. I'm all for good public schools but an education makes you educated, not smart. That comes from somewhere else.
If free speech gets shut down it will always be the privileged who benefit because they have the power, the guns, the legal institutions, the money, to bend the final decisions to their ends.