I'm talking political philosophy here, not Viennese waltzes. People keep asking why Stephen Harper acts as he does, it looks so buttheaded.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Globe and Mail.
Does the economy exist for people or do people exist for the economy? That doesn't tell you what to do economically, but it reminds you to examine the direction you want to head.
This week's mass processing inside (and outside) a Toronto courthouse helped clarify June's Jailapalooza festival during the G20, the largest mass arrest in our history.
Canadians with anxieties about immigrants and refugees -- categories that were often historically identical -- should think about Samuel de Champlain, who founded our country in the early 1600s.
It's as if the population chose to focus on the long-form census, rather than the crime and fear agenda. They didn't take the bait and they used the census ruckus as a way of changing the subject.
My stab at what got Conrad Black through a prison stretch isn't his arrogance or sense of rectitude. It's his not-so-inner child, an eternal boyishness.
It was as if he knew something, saw too far, sensed the horizon of vulnerability, mortality, nullity -– whatever -– that surrounds us all.
Since the Second World War, the U.S. economy has been built around what you might call the fear sector. We're now seeing the first attempt by a Canadian government to follow this model.
An imperial arrogance is tenacious in the Liberal Leader and won't be easily subdued. It may underlie his inability to connect with Canadians.
When Rick Salutin studied religion as a student, it was widely felt that almost all cultures had seen a continuity between the divine realm and the natural one. How does this apply to the oil spill?