Posts made in January, 2013

Gabor Maté: Toxic Culture

Gabor Maté: Toxic Culture

Gabor Maté knows how to attract a crowd. Today the “world-renowned physician and writer” gave a Keynote Presentation at the University of Alberta that the police had to shut down. Not for anything he said or did, but because too many people swarmed into the Telus Centre to hear him. Someone complained and forty-five minutes into his presentation the organizers had to arrange another...

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Idle No More: Emancipatory Politics

Idle No More: Emancipatory Politics

“What is required is a theatre without spectators…” ~ Jacques Rancière Idle No More has inspired a movement that’s not only responsible for some cool art by Dwayne Bird, it has also been challenging traditional hierarchies everywhere, within and without native communities. As Jacques Rancière would say, it’s a form of dissensus, or a dissent from inequality, and an...

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Phil Ochs: The Chords Of Fame

Phil Ochs: The Chords Of Fame

“If there’s any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there’s any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara” ~ Phil Ochs One of the great unheeded lessons Phil Ochs left behind was to avoid mistaking celebrity fame for political substance. This drove him crazy as he yearned to be as famous as Elvis or Dylan. “Phil Ochs was the...

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