Waiting in the Wings

It’s not only Justin Trudeau’s deservedly vaunted oratory that rebuts his detractors characterizations of him as a dilettante of theatre, but his command of foreshadow, as witnessed in the unfolding drama of his ministerial ascendence. He is, after all, the lead character in his own self-fulfilling bedtime story. A national lullaby whispered into the ear of Canada’s tolerant and Harper-weary...

Fatalism from a Distance

It might yet prove all by grand design: a stream of worsening predictions about our planet’s future, and a mass media leading us in an orchestrated fatalism with the plaintive hymnal, “But what can I do?” It plays to our strength as managers. If the climate is indeed about to tip, we’ll need an efficient means of crowd control, and...

Myths Old and New

In the spirit of circular logic that governs our age, I submit: It is an old idea that there are no new ideas. And since we also live in an age of irony, allow me to update the story of Narcissus for my own humble advantage. There are several variants of this Greek myth of the beautiful boy who died...

A Culture Without a Rebel

If, in these first years of the new millennium, there has been a more important speech than Chris Hedges’ “Calling All Rebels”, I for one haven’t heard it. In characteristically unflinching rhetoric, Hedges describes the spiral of environmental and cultural collapse issuing from under-regulated corporations, and the frightening cohesion of multi-nationals with national security. It’s a sobering address, but perhaps...