The Disaffected Lib: It’s Just a Sense, a Feeling.

If there’s one thing we need to get much better at it’s learning to deal with the unexpected. It’s a huge understatement to note that, on so many fronts, we’re already passing through uncharted waters. Human lifespans being as brief as they are, life experiences can be very limited in depth and breadth. And so ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Santa Gets Citizenship, Zunera Ishaq Does Not

Citizenship is a serious matter, right? That’s why Santa Claus is a Canadian citizen but Zunera Ishaq is not. Or to put it more accurately—that’s why a man covering his face with a fake beard and dressed in a Santa suit was officially declared a Canadian citizen by Jason Kenny (twice) and issued a high ...

The Disaffected Lib: Neoliberalism Has Made Us What We Are Today – And That Isn’t Pretty

Neoliberalism is a social, political and economic model best suited to those with psychopathic personality traits. That, in any case, is the conclusion of Paul Verhaeghe, who dissects neoliberalism and what it has done to us in The Guardian.“Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve ...

The Disaffected Lib: When You Run Out of Stuff

One of the most recurring themes on this blog over the past six years has been the prospect of running out of stuff.  As the first truly global civilization, mankind is running out of stuff.   Not everything, mind you.  We’re running out of stuff that we need but we’re building up dangerously big surpluses of stuff that ...