Category Archives: Civilization

Convergence event explores civil discourse

A former chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and a long-time Nelson city councillor will be the two featured speakers at the 5th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend in Silverton, B.C. June 15 and 16. The theme of this year’s Convergence … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Empire: a Review of ‘The Emperor’

“Tired, looking as if they hadn’t slept, they acted under feverish stress, pursuing their victims in the stale air of hatred and fear that surrounded them all. They had no shield but the Emperor, and the Emperor could undo them … Continue reading

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Tempering Justice with Love

Complicity has been named one of the ‘words of the year’ for 2017. Complicity, collusion, corruption—collision! That seems to have been the trajectory of sociopolitical affairs in the Western world in 2017. Much of it is an overdue reckoning—bringing to … Continue reading

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The Brave New World of 1984

Entertained to Death “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of … Continue reading

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Deadly Fascination: The Allure of Game of Thrones

The Allure of Psychopathy Why are people so fascinated by psychopaths? Judging by the runaway success of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which features a cast largely populated by psychopaths, the allure at this moment in history seems greater … 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Part One: Has Civil Discourse Become Outdated?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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