What’s in the News?

by Christopher Berger Like it or not, we’re faced with the need to curate our sources of information. In one sense, we are blessed with innumerable, easily accessed media for news. But as anyone who has spent any time online will know, an overwhelming majority of it is, frankly, garbage. We are therefore compelled to be selective. Twitter and Facebook are good cases in point … Continue reading What’s in the News?

Canadian Modernity and Its Discontents

by Christopher Berger George Grant’s Lament for a Nation remains a seminal treatment of the state of the Canadian national identity more than four and a half decades after its initial publication. Perhaps even timelier now in the twenty-first century in light of events following its first appearance, Grant’s book addresses the highly controversial and divisive issue of Canadian nationalism in an age in which … Continue reading Canadian Modernity and Its Discontents

Debating Canada – A Reading List for Canada’s 150th

by Chris Berger This year, 2017, marks the sesquicentennial of Canada’s founding. With Canada Day upon us, you’re probably busy planning weekend camping trips and backyard barbecues. Me being me, however, I’m using the occasion to fill any time not spent prepping for the aforementioned parties with my nose buried in books about the birth of Canada and its continuing trials and debates. Perhaps now … Continue reading Debating Canada – A Reading List for Canada’s 150th

Political Redux – May 2017

by Chris Berger It’s an interesting time to be a politico in Alberta, and depending on how one is engaged, that could be good, bad, exciting, ominous, or just plain confusing and frustrating. Theoretically, the next formal political milestones should be the municipal elections in Edmonton and Calgary this fall. Practically, however, all eyes are on the recently announced agreement in principle between the Wildrose … Continue reading Political Redux – May 2017

Making Do With Mere Civility

by Chris Berger Think of the word politics. And then, think of a typical conversation about politics: on the LRT, in the kitchen at home, at the bar, on TV, or (gods give us strength) online. Does the word “civility” come to mind? I’d sincerely hope it does, but I also understand and sympathize if it does not.  It’s something frequently talked about, but the … Continue reading Making Do With Mere Civility

From Pop Culture to High Culture

by Chris Berger A cottage industry of sorts has been made out of deploring the effects of large-scale entertainment on the modern psyche and its tastes and judgment, on its alleged tendency to drain artistic and philosophic depth. This has in turn been sparring with a counter-industry that attacks such considerations and objections as reactionary, antiquarian, and nostalgic, not to mention cranky and stuffy. I … Continue reading From Pop Culture to High Culture

Political Redux: February 14, 2017

by Chris Berger As of this Valentine’s Day, electorates continue their affairs with populism and ethno-nationalism.  Europe in particular has always had its flirtations with fringe elements in mainstream politics, whereas in North America, institutions like First-Past-The-Post have tended, as a general rule, to keep eccentrics both malicious and benign either out of the political spotlight altogether, or reined in by more moderate forces in … Continue reading Political Redux: February 14, 2017

Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

by Chris Berger Attempting one’s first steps into philosophic thought is a daunting, frankly reckless, and directionless gamble. I say directionless because good guidance is at such a premium and reckless because we seldom have a clear idea of what we want out of it. As for daunting, those who take such a step with confidence know not what they’re getting into. What is the … Continue reading Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style