Category Archives: Democracy

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Part One: Has Civil Discourse Become Outdated?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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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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2015: The Turnaround Year? Part 1: Critical Mass

So much poison in power The principles get left out So much mind on the matter The spirit gets forgotten about… —Rush, Grand Designs, from the album Power Windows At what point does the necessary critical mass accrue to reach … Continue reading

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The Atomization of Dissent—Social Media and Democracy

INTRODUCTION: This essay was submitted to the annual Dalton Camp Award, which offers a $10,000 prize for writing that links journalism and democracy. Read the winning essay here. http://www.friends.ca/DCA/2015/SpencerKeys “Totalitarianism undermines civil society through the atomization of individual citizens. …totalitarian states … Continue reading

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Exorcising the Demons of Fear Part 1

The task of confronting the brutal, destructive elements of the Shadow has become … the inescapable destiny of our species: if we fail, we cannot hope to survive. …It is the Shadow problem of our time. —‘The Shadow in History and … Continue reading

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Bill C-51: Canada’s Orwellian state arrives

“In a peaceful age I might have written ornate or merely descriptive books, and might have remained almost unaware of my political loyalties. As it is I have been forced into becoming a sort of pamphleteer.” —George Orwell, Why I … Continue reading

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