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About a year and a half ago I began to get seriously into photography. I have always had (indeed, had to have) an artistic occupation that was separate from work, but which felt like more than a craft or a hobby. For a long time, I wrote poetry - I...

As part of my PhD research into the political theory of intellectual freedom and how it plays out in various contexts in Canadian librarianship, I’ve been reading Charles Taylor’s work on multiculturalism and the politics of recognition. Glen Sean Coulthard’s Red Skin, White Masks also engages with Taylor’s work from...

When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burka rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it’s not about liberating her but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural...

NOTE: This blog post has been updated a number of times. All revision history for this blog can be found at the github site. Liberal democracies, for want of a better term, subject their own structural need for violence to Freudian levels of repression. From the ongoing “so-called primitive accumulation”...

In 2016, I wrote a post about Race, Class, and the Police, and in the wake of Amy Cooper, George Floyd, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet, I think most of it remains relevant. However, I get a sense of fatalism or determinism in it now, the idea that real social justice can’t...