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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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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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A Brief History of the Future: Reflections on the Death of Space Travel

NASA will launch a mission in 2009 called Kepler to monitor nearly 200,000 stars for the shadows of planets the size of Earth. Let’s say we find dozens or hundreds of Earths, or even thousands, as some astronomers predict. What … Continue reading

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Gated Communities and the Oil Boom in Los Angeles County

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The California Gold Rush and the Emergence of Open-Entry Mining in the United States

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Imperial bodies: Nation-building and the first wave’s eugenics

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