AB105: the large principles of 2013
(January/February 2013)

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Bionomics > Economics
Stephen Collis on innovation and disaster
Scott Atran at the beginning of Hamas
Darren Fleet on monetary algorithms long gone wild
Franco “Bifo” Berardi on imagination
Gareth Peirce on why we torture
Pankaj Mishra at the CIA in Iran
Binyavanga Wainaina on Saving the youngsters of Africa
Welcoming within the yr of the Snake

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Maybe Canada has changed. To his distraught opposition, Harper speaks about a Canada they don’t recognize, a country running on an emptiness that can only be filled with bloodthirsty consumption and growth, a country cherry-picking history, without values, without a culture beyond the dogma of allies and economic power. A country that now believes it’s destined for the petroleum stardom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. A country that believes its true calling is to be an arbiter of global destiny and violence, a harbinger of environmental doom.

According to the latest UN numbers in The Globe and Mail, 33 Canadians are on the ground in blue berets, a far cry from being the world leader two decades ago. Today’s citizen of purpose has the impulse of the rioter. Libya. Iran. Syria. Afghanistan. Tar sands. Arctic sovereignty. Northern development. Economic expansion. 12-10-19 4:34 PM 1 Canadians are chomping at the bit to do some damage, to reap the bounty of strength. Today the heroic impulse is growth, oil and war. Old school frontier toughness is the face of the changing shape of Canada.

Indd 8 the destruction of concepts of procedural fairness. Yet, in the imprecision and breadth of accusations, leading in turn to the banning of books and the criminalization of ideas and religious thought, and in the wrong committed by secret courts hearing secret evidence, the lessons of John Lilburne and Star Chamber have been in the last ten years deliberately abandoned and sustained battles have still to be fought to reclaim the majority. The shocking, reckless and ruthless disregard of all of these concepts seen in recent years is neither new nor unique to this country or to the US.

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