Posted inPolitics

At the breaking point: Canada, India, Poland, Ukraine, and the UN

Reading Time: 7 minutes Many myths carry the modern world, and high on that list is the myth of international relationships. One country cannot “be” friends or enemies with another country, but its representatives can play out an illusion of fraternity or animosity for economic or ideological ends. Alternately, when the game no longer serves, world representatives can take […]

Posted inEconomics

The oil god delusion: What ancient pantheists got right

Reading Time: 7 minutes Long, long ago, humans tried to make sense of the world by imagining whole pantheons of self-absorbed jerks with outsized power: so-called “gods” whose family quarrels, personal tantrums, dysregulated sexual behaviors, and violent insecurity about others doing anything even close to as well as them shaped the fate of all consigned to suffer in their […]

Posted inSociology

Indigenous atheism and the spiritual stereotype

Reading Time: 5 minutes Although nonreligion is now an established area of scholarship in North America and Western Europe, most nonreligion research focuses on white atheists. Little is known about non-white people who self-identify as atheists, leaving research in this area glaringly incomplete. To address this issue, I chose to examine the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. I […]

Posted inPolitics

Disinviting bigoted campus speakers blocks bigotry, not free speech

Reading Time: 6 minutes When American university and college students try to deny “free speech” platforms to arch-conservative opinion leaders they consider dangerous purveyors of bigotry, or just shout them down, right-wing complaints of suppression are swift and virulent. The constant trope is that American higher education institutions are controlled by “woke,” “liberal” academics and students who want to […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Breaking down Western myths of peace

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ll never forget my confusion, as a Canadian in Colombia in 2018, when I first visited Museo Casa de la Memoria. In Medellín’s “memory house”, a video explained that Colombia had more history with peace than any other country. I’d been raised to believe in Canada’s strong commitment to “peace, order, and good government.” Surely […]

Posted inPolitics

Why are Canadian trucker protesters raising money on a Christian fundraising site?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates have paralyzed Ottawa, blocking streets throughout the Canadian capital and setting up tents and other rough shelters. The truckers have also blocked key US border crossings across states such as Michigan and Montana. The truckers share a number of characteristics with right-wing populists in the United States: they are furious […]

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