Gramsci: I Hate New Year’s Day

Originally published January 1, 1916 in Avanti!, Torino edition, in Gramsci's column "Sotto la Mole." Translation by Alberto Toscano, originally posted to Viewpoint Magazine. Preserved here for posterity. Every morning, when I wake again under the pall of the sky, I feel that for me it is New Year’s day. That’s why I hate these … Continue reading Gramsci: I Hate New Year’s Day

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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

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. Drop it into the dustbin of history. It is time for Indigenous Peoples … 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