Susan on the Soapbox: How Do We Talk About the Edmonton Terrorist Attack?

A police officer is stabbed and four people are injured when a man drives a U-Haul into a crowd of pedestrians in Edmonton.  The suspect is identified as 30-year-old Abdulahi Sharif.  An ISIS flag is found in the vehicle. Edmonton’s mayor, Don Iveson, Premier Notley and Prime Minister Trudeau issue statements condemning the attack and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Citizenship For Sale

Are there things that money shouldn’t be able to buy? In an age when the ‘wisdom of the market’ is an orthodoxy embraced by many, it is a question that the neoconservative agenda would suggest borders on heresy. Yet that is precisely the question economist Michael J. Sandel poses in his compelling and thought-provoking book, ...

Alex's Blog: Bargain Basement Citizenship and the Decline of Democracy

We ought to be outraged. Just about every day our media provides a new account of the decline of our democracy:  the inadequacies of our electoral system and allegations of electoral fraud; the high-handed treatment of our Parliament through inappropriate prorogations and overuse of omnibus legislation; a government ever more authoritarian and opaque, resistant to evidence and reason, and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Concern For The Collective

For whatever reason, I am one of those people with a deeply ingrained sense of fair play that recognizes we are more than simply individuals ‘doing our own thing’ in isolation and with no regard to others; I happily acknowledge that we are part of a larger agglomeration that we name ‘society.’ So yes, I ...