On Astrophysical Determinism And Universal Inequality: A Response To Jordan Peterson

University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson has written a forward for a new edition of The Gulag Archipelago, a book originally published in 1973 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, which is highly critical of the Soviet Union. Peterson’s forward to the new edition of The Gulag Archipelago is posted to the website Quillette, a website arguably serving … Continue reading On Astrophysical Determinism And Universal Inequality: A Response To Jordan Peterson

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The Threat Of Right-Wing Populism Is Bigger Than Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, has renounced his membership in the Conservative Party of Canada and claims to be now working to form a new party. The announcement comes one year and three months after Bernier placed second in a contest to lead the Tories. And, while it is always fun to watch … Continue reading The Threat Of Right-Wing Populism Is Bigger Than Maxime Bernier

Strategic Voting in Ontario: An Ineffective Project

This post contends that current, relevant research does not support an argument that strategic voting is an effective way to counter an undesirable election outcome. Two papers — one published in March 2018, which relates to Toronto municipal elections, and one published  in 2017 about labour-led strategic voting initiatives (typically known as “ABC” or “Anything … Continue reading Strategic Voting in Ontario: An Ineffective Project

MII. Desmond Cole, the Toronto Star and Another Existential Crisis for Professional Journalism

DISCLOSURE: The author of this post worked as a news reporter. I see this as a two-fold issue; firstly, actions and secondly, words. I'll consider both briefly and then elaborate on my concerns. Actions There is no point in rehashing here the now well-known details of what lead to Desmond Cole’s departure from the Toronto Star. … Continue reading MII. Desmond Cole, the Toronto Star and Another Existential Crisis for Professional Journalism

Christopher Columbus is no hero of mine

Italian-North Americans — especially those of us with roots in the Mezzogiorno (and I include Frosinone and Abruzzo here) — don't need a Genoese genocidal rapist as our hero. It is time to recognize Columbus Day for what it is: a rubbish heap of history. It is time for Indigenous Peoples Day.   Some good reading … Continue reading Christopher Columbus is no hero of mine

The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the radar of interests representing business, various governments in Canada and, … Continue reading The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

From Participatory Budgeting to Co-operative Tenant Control: An Alternative Policy Recommendation For Toronto Community Housing

Annual budget discussions are underway at Toronto City Hall. The board of directors in charge of Toronto Community Housing (TCH) approved a $1.3 billion budget for 2016, inclusive of capital and operating expenses, on December 3, 2015. Details of the budget (“a line-by-line breakdown”) are typically revealed behind closed doors and that has raised questions about the accountability of the board and … Continue reading From Participatory Budgeting to Co-operative Tenant Control: An Alternative Policy Recommendation For Toronto Community Housing