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Why the Mainstream Media Ignores Climate Change

  There is much to be desired in the mainstream media’s coverage of energy politics and climate change, but perhaps the single most important fact that gets consistently overlooked—that is scarcely apprehended by the general public and yet comes to … Continue reading

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On the roots of our skyscrapers: The development of Toronto’s extractive economy

It was not until recently that I learned that Toronto is the financial headquarters of the global mining industry. It is possibly our best-kept, and deepest, darkest secret. For the 8 percent of our city that works in finance that … Continue reading

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Overcoming fatalism in Idle No More

It may be difficult to fight for a future we cannot yet imagine, but that is what decolonization has come to mean for me In the four months since its emergence, Idle No More has been called paranoid, naïve, ineffective, … Continue reading

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After Roe things got better, and then they got worse.

On January 22, the National Organization of Women held a candlelit vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court in order to “commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.” The press release quoted NOW president Terry O’Neill as saying, “NOW affirms … Continue reading

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Why opposing abortion means excusing rape

A friend of a friend of mine was date raped last winter. I have never met her, and I do not know her name, but what I gather happened is this: She went on a date with a boy to … Continue reading

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Men and women in the Golden Land: P.T. Anderson’s historical vision of Los Angeles

It seemed easy to peg Paul Thomas Anderson following Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love, as well as his more obscure debut, Hard Eight. They were all about pathetic characters suffering of self-consciousness, self-pity, guilt, and ineptitude within an infinite … Continue reading

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Brief Reflections on “A Brief History of the Future”

The ideas I began to work with in A Brief History of the Future have in some ways sharpened for me since I wrote it in 2009; in other ways, they have become more obfuscated and confusing. My intention in … Continue reading

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