Mr. Brooks

Mostly because he’s a “conservative” who frequently critiques Republicans and praises Democrats and decries the usual echo chamber, kneejerk reactionary kind of thinking amongst “progressives” and “conservatives”, I have often read David Brooks — he’s also a voracious reader, and I’ve often made time to read his winners and honorable mentions in the Sidney Awards.  …

James Forcillo and the Police

James Forcillo is the Toronto police constable who shot and killed Sammy Yatim. Recently, I read an article which reminded me to not judge others based on news reports. I don’t like what Mr. Forcillo did, and I think Mr. Forcillo did the wrong thing.  But, I can see how, on a certain day, in a …

The End Of Privacy, or, I For One Welcome Our New Google Overlords!

When I first moved to Toronto, David Samis (yes, the David Samis) invited me to a presentation evening called Trampoline Hall.  Actually, this was before the Internet became huge-huge, and although it was long before YouTube, it was like what you might today call a live, local “TED Talk” on a stage.  The presenter that …

SUMMARY: Democratic World Government through a Global Referendum by Jim Stark

I’m interested in Albert Einstein’s project of an elected global parliament; an activist for such a world parliament contacted me through my weblog and suggested I read his book.  I’ve thought of writing a book on world federation cosmopolitan anti-nationalism, and have searched for a good book on global federation and an all-human nation, so …