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In my last post I noted how the October 15th, 2019, statement from the Toronto City Librarian, Vickery Bowles, used the expression “free speech” rather than the more usual expression in librarianship, “intellectual freedom”. “Free speech” is absent from Bowles’ previous statement from October 12th, which made me think more...

In an early defense of TPL’s platforming of a transphobic speaker, Vickery Bowles made the rhetorical move from the usual library term, “intellectual freedom”, to “free speech”, a term with particular political connotations and a set of adherents who range from centrist liberals to the most rabid alt-right white supremacist....

[Adorno] seems to have had more sympathy for the student movement of ths sixties than he was willing to express publicly (a sympathy not a little tarnished by the deathless shame of having called the police into the University. Jameson, Late Marxism To speak of constituent power is to speak...

Last Friday, Greta Thunberg was in town, and local climate activists organized an afternoon rally. The rally was organized and led by young Indigenous people, and one of the questions that arose was whether much of the 10,000 strong crowd was there for Greta’s celebrity, or for the cause. Put...

One of the consequences of beginning to think seriously about society and politics in the early to mid 1990s is that, because theories like Marxism had been cast on the dustbin of history, and it we had seen the “end of ideology”, the hegemonic philosophy of the time was a...