I tend to see the horrors of manipulation as less striking than the signs of human ability to act independently anyway. How else do you explain unexpected events like Bernie Sanders' surge?
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.
As Trump's America veers closer to entertainment than politics, citizens are the losers.
The U.S. has seen a return to marches, protest, chants and strikes -- necessary acts that are also fun, writes Rick Salutin.
There's no inherent opposition between democracy and populism. Populism isn't the enemy of democracy; it springs from it and yearns for it. Populism is democratic, that's why they call it populism.
Ontario Hydro was a public undertaking funded by the public that returned benefits to all. You can't sell it, you can only swipe it and hand it over, as Kathleen Wynne did.
Why don't Americans ever learn from these things? It's a price they pay for their "exceptionalism"-- they have nothing to learn from others.
To such people, newspapers may look like dog turds left by feckless pet owners. There was nothing virtual about them.
Michael Bryant was named executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association recently.
Genuine political anger is an asset in politics but also a rarity. That may be why it’s an asset: it rings true amidst falseness, writes Rick Salutin.
Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld, the Israeli novelist, died last week at 85.