After witnessing first-hand the futility of the US government’s drug policies, retired police captain Peter Christ formed a pro-legalization group called LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – more than a decade ago. Now, despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in two US states, LEAP still sees a long battle ahead.
On Sunday February 24, there was an illuminating editorial in the Toronto Star by Haroon Siddiqui titled “Harper’s real agenda on religious freedom”…
Christy Clark could have won the May 2013 B.C. provincial election. I know that sounds strange—both because it refers to a future event as if it has already happened, and because it is hard to imagine her ever winning…
It is sometimes quipped that democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. This Darwinian image of vulnerable minorities falling prey to a ‘tyranny of the majority’ is why few believe that democracy can be reduced to participation in elections. If democracy has value it is because it allows people to have [...]
A modest proposal for the future of Canada’s Green Party.
Justin Trudeau’s keynote address at the Reviving Islamic Spirit Conference in Toronto last month was in sharp contrast to Michael Ignatieff’s ineptitude in connecting with key constituents early in the election cycle. Trudeau’s carefully worded speech was not simply to woo the two percent of the Canadian population that are Muslims, but also to signal [...]
It is with the backdrop of a weak economy that Obama ran for re-election and won, whereas twenty years ago George H.W. Bush, the 41st president had lost under similar circumstances. Both presidents were facing an electorate demanding a clear vision for economic recovery, which neither could offer, at least not convincingly. Yet, Obama won [...]
A look at the dangerous state of U.S. politics, and the consequences that might arise from another four years of political gridlock.
While Kosovo officially ended its “supervised independence” in September, it still faces a number of key challenges.
The rules of election campaigning have changed yet again: It’s no longer about policy, or even just about image, but about meta-politics – image politics taken to its absolute degree.