Leadership, Politics, and Democracy2018-05-22T15:46:07-04:00


leadership, politics & democracy

B.C.’s green shift is a window to the world

August 12th, 2017|Tags: |

In May's provincial election, the Green Party won its first multiple-seat breakthrough in North America, and by a fluke of electoral arithmetic, it now holds the balance of power in the legislature. Today, B.C.'s citizens are exploring uncharted political territory of potentially huge significance to people outside the province.

Trump needs a war

June 28th, 2017|Tags: |

Donald Trump needs a war. He needs a war to fire Robert Mueller. Special counsel Mueller oversees an aggressively expanding investigation of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election...

President Trump Will Make Chaos the New Normal

November 24th, 2016|Tags: |

During the election campaign, Donald Trump made the normalization of abnormality a signature political tactic. The more he violated the conventions of U.S. political life, democratic practice and civil discourse, the more he excited his followers.

Harper’s Biggest Election Blunder

October 16th, 2015|Tags: |

By pressing the niqab issue, the Conservatives made an enormous strategic mistake. In fact, it was probably the single biggest blunder by any political party in this extraordinary election season.

September 11 and the Crisis of Expertise

September 11th, 2002|Tags: |

The attacks of last September 11 tore a ragged hole in the fabric of our reality. Through that hole we glimpsed something hideous. As is in our worst nightmares, it was indistinct and incomprehensible. We couldn’t see its beginning, its end, or its true form. But we knew immediately that this thing – whatever it was – was both profoundly dangerous and utterly terrifying.

Old Political Machines, Hi-Tech Riders

January 17th, 2001|Tags: |

It has been a month since we finally learned that George W. Bush will be the next president of the United States. Pundits have issued their solemn assessments of the presidential-selection process and moved on to comment on the next wave of momentous events in our adrenaline-charged political universe. But in their rush, they’ve missed a key lesson behind the fracas in Florida.

Leadership Captive

November 24th, 2000|Tags: |

We might not have much respect for them, but we should have some sympathy for the leaders of the new world we’ve created.