Category Archives: Activism

Apology as Public Ritual: Why It’s Still Important

The Evolution of Apology “Confession is good for the soul.” Though we in the 21st century West are living in a post-religious age, the role of ritual is no less important to human nature than it ever was. This is … Continue reading

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Historical Amnesia: Remembering History’s Ignored Children

Imagine that a mass amnesia had gripped society and we suddenly lost our memory of history. Then imagine that history was rewritten for us, leaving out the entire story of the civil rights movement in the ’60s, or the Suffragettes’ … Continue reading

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Convergence 2016 Writers Weekend

Looking for a way to use your writing talents to inspire and guide a progressive 21st century? Join renowned Canadian authors J. Edward Chamberlin and Sharon Butala for Convergence 2016: The Spirit in the Landscape, a special weekend writers’ retreat … Continue reading

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The Atomization of Dissent Pt. 2

Part Two: Social Media Fans the Flames of Narcissism Traditional social networks have been breaking down, putting the cohesiveness of social activism at great risk. Writing for OpenDemocracy.net, Michael Edwards notes that labour unions in the US declined by 43 percent … Continue reading

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The Atomization of Dissent Pt. 1

Part One: Has Civil Discourse Become Outdated? INTRODUCTION: To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this blog—to the day—I’m publishing this essay, which was originally submitted to the annual Dalton Camp Award, a $10,000 prize for writing that links journalism and … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary’s Manifesto: The Way Forward or Pie in the Sky?

Cover image from Evolutionaries, an important book for social progressives. Carter Phipps in his book Evolutionaries cites John Stewart’s 2008 evolutionary manifesto, in which he calls upon “intentional evolutionaries” to “recognize that they have a critical role to play in … Continue reading

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2015: The Turnaround Year? Part 2: Hopeful Signs

You can almost feel the current flowing You can almost hear the circuits blowing It’s a far cry from the world We thought we’d inherit —Rush, Far Cry   ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— … Continue reading

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