Every man is not in it for himself

Every man is not in it for himselfThe vast majority of us get along with our neighbours Dutch historian Rutger Bregman is very good at asking questions and challenging deeply held beliefs. Many, for example, assume that humans are violent creatures out to destroy one another. In times of crisis, according to this narrative, we will cry out, “Every man for himself!”…

Was Jesus a socialist, or a capitalist?

Was Jesus a socialist, or a capitalist?It doesn’t matter. The essence of his message is that we must all live with integrity There is an interesting online debate taking place as to whether Jesus of Nazareth was a socialist or a capitalist. Some of the arguments are rather thought-provoking, but others are just silly. For example, a commentary on the PragerU…

House of Commons finally describes residential schools as genocide

House of Commons finally describes residential schools as genocideBut until all wounds caused by genocide are healed, we cannot be satisfied On October 27, a motion was unanimously passed in the Canadian Parliament recognizing what happened in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools as genocide according to Article II of the United Nations Genocide Convention. It should be noted that this is a culmination of…

We are at great risk of a nuclear holocaust

But our leaders are failing us, and they are putting all of our lives at risk

We are at great risk of a nuclear holocaustWe are potentially living in the most dangerous time in history since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The world owes a great deal to American President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev who were able to back away from global nuclear destruction during that crisis through skillful negotiation. Reflecting on the event…

Genocide denied is genocide repeated

Russia continues to deny the Holodomor; Turkey continues to deny the Armenian genocide

Genocide denied is genocide repeatedThe world is facing trying times. How did we get here? Did we not learn anything from the death and destruction of the 20th century? Jewish philosopher Martin Buber told us, “One gains power over the nightmare by calling it by its real name.” Another Jewish writer, Raphael Lemkin, coined the name for the nightmare:…

The quest for truth is gaining momentum

For far too long, the narrative of the people in power was believed

The quest for truth is gaining momentumThere is an interesting phenomenon happening in the world. The quest for truth is gaining momentum, and it cannot be stopped. In Canada, a great deal of credit must be given to Indigenous leaders, scholars, and community members, but especially to the witnesses of genocidal practices who shared their stories. For far too long, the…

Local elections: democracy as it is meant to be

Candidates do not tend to have corporate sponsorships nor to conform to the wishes of political parties

Local elections: democracy as it is meant to beOn average, fewer people vote in local elections than in provincial or federal elections. Interestingly, each vote has a greater impact in local elections, especially in smaller communities. There is more to this phenomenon than numbers and proportions. Local governments not only respond to the input of their constituents on local issues, but school council…

Seeking truth is not a competition

CNN's Don Lemon got a history lesson on slavery recently. But it does not negate the need for the Royal Family to pay reparations

Seeking truth is not a competitionA very interesting video has gone viral that supposedly humiliates CNN reporter Don Lemon. Lemon is essentially a corporate mouthpiece, but this time he poses a legitimate question by asking a spokesperson for the British Crown about reparations for colonialism. He queries why some people remain obscenely wealthy in Great Britain while the vast majority…
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