C.B. Macpherson on Labour

C.B. Macpherson is an important figure in Canadian political thought. Reading his Massey Lectures, I came across this interesting analysis of labour “capacity” versus “ability”, which is related to, but not the same as, Marx’s distinction between “labour” and “labour power”: If you take the powers of a man to be simply the strength and […]

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Media Control and Reporting on the Haitian Election

Just compare this obvious case of how the Haitian election is covered in Canada, compared to the UK. This is from the CBC’s story: Violent protests filled the streets of Port-au-PrinceThursday as Haiti’s electoral council said ballots in the country’s disputed presidential election will be recounted. Supporters of the government-backed candidate Jude C√©lestin clashed with […]

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What I don’t want for Christmas

I like Christmas – as someone who grew up secular-Christian within a dominantly white and protestant society, it’s always been the dominant holiday of the year. And it’s a good holiday for largely the same reasons its predecessor, Saturnalia, was a good pagan holiday – it revolves around food, drink, the exchange of gifts, meaningful […]

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Julian Assange on Crowd Sourcing, Values and Journalism

This morning I was watching a panel discussion from the Logan Symposium at UC Berkley, (in six parts, find part 1 here). The panel is interesting in general, especially because it includes both Assange’s activist position, and more traditional¬†journalistic¬†opinions. But what stood out for me were Assange’s comments on why Cablegate was being pursued differently […]

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