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Fascism then. Fascism now? by Paul Bigioni Toronto Star, November 27, 2005 (www.thestar.com)

Fascism then. Fascism now? by Paul Bigioni Toronto Star, November 27, 2005 (www.thestar.com)

Observing political and economic discourse in North America since the 1970s leads to an inescapable conclusion: The vast bulk of legislative activity favours the interests of large commercial enterprises. Big business is very well off, and successive Canadian and U.S. governments, of whatever political stripe, have made this their primary objective for at least the past 25 years. Digging deeper… Read more →

Camus’ rejection of tyranny is worth remembering today

Camus’ rejection of tyranny is worth remembering today

The French writer determinedly tackled the totalitarian impulse JAMES BLOODWORTH @J_Bloodworth Albert Camus is one of the great 20th-century critics of totalitarian thought. Along with writers such as Hannah Arendt and George Orwell, Camus identified the human longing for unity – and the impulse to escape the irrational absurdity of life – as one of the foundations for totalitarian political… Read more →

TWILIGHT OF SWEDISH SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

TWILIGHT OF SWEDISH SOCIAL DEMOCRACY

Sweden’s parliamentary election on 9 September 2018 resulted in the weakest performance for the Social Democrats since near-universal male suffrage was introduced in 1911. Then, the party got 28.5 per cent of the vote; this time, it managed 28.3 per cent. An entire century of electoral advance was wiped out. Even so, party headquarters greeted the outcome as a semi-victory,… Read more →

God, the Editor

God, the Editor

Can the Qur’an be read as literature?By Anna Della SubinDownload PdfRead OnlineSingle PagePrint PageDiscussed in this essay:God in the Qur’an, by Jack Miles. Knopf. 256 pages. $26.95.Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, by Jack Miles. Vintage. 368 pages. $16.95.God: A Biography, by Jack Miles. Vintage. 446 pages. $17.95.Who was God speaking to when he said “Let there be light”? There was nobody… Read more →

Beyond Identity

Beyond Identity

Is class or identity the most salient political category when it comes to building progressive social movements? Does such a division make sense? This debate was brought into sharp focus during the 2016 Democratic Primary, which saw Hillary Clinton accuse her opponent Bernie Sanders of disregarding racism, sexism, and homophobia in favour of a myopic focus on economic inequality. The… Read more →

The Unseeables

The Unseeables

Ants among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern Indiaby Sujatha GidlaDaunt, 341 pp, £14.99, May, ISBN 978 1 911547 20 4 This is a family biography that encompasses a history rarely told: despite its longevity, caste, and caste oppression, is not a popular theme in India. Sujatha Gidla writes of poisoned lives, of disillusionment, betrayed hopes, unrequited loves, attempted escapes through alcohol and sex. What… Read more →

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