Category Archives: Democracy

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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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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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Part One: Has Civil Discourse Become Outdated?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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