In this year’s election I had not encountered a single person with an urging desire to vote. Not that all Canadians in general are ever as filled with as much glee for an upcoming election as my surrounding locals are for the approach of the next ice fishing season. In…

Why An Elimination Strategy Should Be Implemented Now

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Many across the western world have watched with some envy as New Zealanders now attend sporting events and concerts, and are enjoying a greater amount of freedom. Last spring New Zealand moved ahead with an elimination strategy; deeming that the most rational approach in grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

Perhaps the most misapplied work of literature is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is often perceived as a warning, a harbinger of things to come. For the most part, the novel is a portrayal of things as they are, or I suppose, were. Based primarily off of Stalinism, it demonstrates…

The Peril of a Continued Trump Presidency

two signs, one directed at Canada, the other at the US

First, I need to grant that I am a Canadian and it is strange, perhaps, that I may assert such a strong desire for a particular outcome in the upcoming US Presidential election. For some, in this circumstance and in others, this can be accounted for by partisanship. A desire…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Yesterday morning, during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s now daily press briefing, he noted to the public that with attempting to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, “It doesn’t depend on me, it depends on you.” It was upon the shoulders of Canadians to “answer the call of duty” and…

Daenerys Targaryen at the pyramid in Meereen.
(Helen Sloan/HBO)

Revolutionaries are, by their nature, powerful and single-minded personalities. Almost invariably they start from a position of weakness vis-à-vis the political environment and rely for their success on charisma and on an ability to mobilize resentment and to capitalize on the psychological weakness of adversaries in decline.
-Henry Kissinger

J.A. Farden

Canadian nerd and steak enthusiast. @mrfarden

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