Have we lost trust or is it just not entertaining enough?
The Maclean’s 2012 power list
Alex Himelfarb considers democracy, income inequality, consumerism and citizenship.
The result: a marketized politics of propaganda and pandering. It’s understandable then that, increasingly, those who want something better are looking
Alex Himelfarb is both hopeful of and concerned for the next generation.
We have much to learn from young Canadians who bring new experiences, new tools and new ways of
Italian researchers posit that legislatures would be better off if some members were selected at random from the population.
The scientists made a simple calculation model that mimics the way
Alex Himelfarb considers the budget.
But what is clear even now is that these cuts imply a different view of our shared citizenship, of what ties us together as Canadians
Alex Himelfarb attempts to put austerity in perspective.
Today’s austerity, however, is not primarily about fiscal prudence. If it were it wouldn’t be proceeding in tandem with large, unaffordable and
Alex Himelfarb considers taxes and the decline of trust, transparency, honesty and equality.
Most Canadians do know that the teachers and firefighters, the police and health care workers, the roads
Alex Himelfarb considers the ramifications of inequality.
When Warren Buffett argued that the rich should pay more than they do (heck, even Adam Smith believed in progressive taxation), across the
Alex Himelfarb considers the state of crime policy in this country.
In her 1997 study of public opinion and perceptions of crime in the U.S., Katherine Beckett showed that fear
Alex Himelfarb considers the revolution in crime policy that is about to pass the House.
Our greater openness to these “tough on criminals” policies and the reluctance of the opposition
Rather than simply lament for how little attention is paid to the institution, I thought I’d ask some smart people if they had anything to say in response to my
Alex Himelfarb suggests we can’t export democracy if our own democracy is lacking.
This is partly about electoral reform, as hard as that has proved, and partly about institutional reform
Alex Himelfarb considers how progressives can respond to anger.
Canadians deserve an alternative that recognizes that, yes, the system is failing the poor and squeezing the middle and that more
Alex Himelfarb contemplates the future of government.
One constant theme was the need to rebuild trust, not blind trust of course, not even deference, but enough trust to enable cooperation
Scott Payne talks to Alex Himelfarb about the present and future of Canadian democracy.
But beyond this, many Canadians, of all ages, are finding both local and global ways of
Alex Himelfarb takes stock of the state and the competing visions of welfare and security.
We have seen in the U.S. today how hard it is to shift the momentum,