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18
Feb
Duelling rhetoric in the age of offence

Duelling rhetoric in the age of offence

Tu quoque. No, this column will not be in Latin. The phrase means you also. It is the name for the rhetorical strategy of responding to criticism of your own side by claiming your opponents are just as bad, if not worse. The most common recent example is for critics of Islamophobia
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04
Feb
A gov’t report with actual substance

A gov’t report with actual substance

Finally, a report on the Nova Scotia education system that is focused, cogent, coherent, and completed in a space of around three months. Kudos to Avis Glaze.

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22
Jan
The personal & the political

The personal & the political

The modern feminist movement, as distinguished from the suffragette movement of a century ago, emerged in the 1960s. One of its principal mantras or talking points was: the personal is the political.

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16
Jan
How bad could it be...?

How bad could it be...?

The it I am referring to is global warming.
That it is occurring seems indisputable. That it will continue seems highly likely. But by how much — as Hamlet might say — there’s the rub.

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27
Dec
A party about... nothing

A party about... nothing

Masha Gessen is the Russian American journalist who has just won a National Book award for her book about Vladimir Putin. This should confirm her as a leading analyst of the world’s leading practitioner of realpolitik and mafia-style domestic politics.

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