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Notes on the Occupation 7: Knowledge and the New Class War

A very, very good column from Andrew Coyne in the Globe and Mail this morning, in which he argues that the true dividing line revealed by the Ottawa Occupation involves competing claims over knowledge itself: Previous generations of class warriors … Continue reading

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Notes on the Occupation 6: As best as I can figure

Working out what to think about … all this … in real time. It is most accurate to say that the Ottawa protest is a far-right movement calling for the overthrow of the Canadian government, installing itself in power. That … Continue reading

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Notes on the Occupation 5: Border blockades and survival instincts

Working out what to think about … all this … in real time. We’re into Week Three of the Ottawa Occupation, which has now metastasized into protests blocking border crossings across the country. These blockades include, most importantly, the Windsor-Detroit … Continue reading

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Notes on the Occupation 4: Thinking about Freedom

Working out what to think about … all this … in real time. Gary Mason has a good column in the Globe and Mail today arguing that the alt-right has co-opted the language of freedom in a way that undermines … Continue reading

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Notes on the Occupation 3: A radicalized Conservative party as chaos agent

Posting these in order to work through my thinking on what is clearly becoming something that will go down in the history books, for good or ill. Writing in the Toronto Star, Canada’s most insightful political columnist, Chantal Hébert, warns … Continue reading

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