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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...

This is part three of a series of blog posts written in response to Meghan Murphy’s room booking at Toronto Public Library. Read part one and part two. The debate around Toronto Public Library’s room rental to Meghan Murphy continued over the long weekend, and today TPL responded with a...