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- Help me read more of what I want to write!I read a lot. I write, I think, because I have always read a lot. At some point, even prior to any explicit consideration of "What will you be when you grow up?", I decided that what I got out of reading was pretty great, and what could be cooler than doing that for someone else. There was a falling away and a return to that as an actual commitment
- Struggles for social change in which there is no clear, singular enemyWhen I look around me, when I tally up my own experiences with what friends tell me about their lives and what books and films and articles tell me about the wider world, it leaves me with no doubt that there are complex but consistent patterns of how different people benefit and are harmed based on who they are. Trying to figure out how it's all put to
- Let's Pause and Reflect on the Outrage at Canada's Arms Sale to Saudi ArabiaThere is something heartening about just how much mainstream public outrage there is at the decision of the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau to finalize approval for the massive sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Notwithstanding liberal (and Liberal) mythologies that downplay and deny it, Canada has a lot to answer for (1, 2) when it comes to war
- The Frustrating Search for Ways to Act Collectively in the WorldLike so many of us, I feel a need to act, to do something. I can pass this feeling through all sorts of screens and frames and analyses to give it specificity and detail, and I have years of practice of translating it into fancy words, but at heart it's a feeling – a matter of experiencing life, of seeing the world around me, of hearing stories, and kno
- My writer's block is neoliberalism's faultI should start out by saying that there is no part of the title of this post that is actually accurate. I just like the sentence. The first inaccuracy is the phrase "writer's block." While I have, over the last couple of weeks, been having greater difficulty than I expected in returning after a time away to a particular kind of writing, I
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Category Archives: Other Writing by Scott
(Published at Rabble.ca on March 29, 2012.) Exile and Pride (Classics Edition): Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare (South End Press, 2009; $19.99) I often feel that describing the pieces that I write in response to books as “reviews” … Continue reading
(Published at Left Eye On Books on September 27, 2011.) The best part of “Earth Into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism,” the second and final entry in Globalization Studies professor Anthony Hall’s “The Bowl with One Spoon” project, is his … Continue reading
(Published at Left Eye On Books on May 20, 2011.) Few features of the political culture here in Canada are more likely to set my teeth on edge than the devotion not only of the right and center but of … Continue reading
(Published at New Socialist Webzine on April 18, 2011.) We hear a lot these days about the need for cuts to public spending, for saving money. The use of this rhetoric to cover massive changes in how our lives and … Continue reading
(Published at XYOnline on January 7, 2011.) I was recently puzzling over why I was having such difficulty doing a particular piece of writing. Everything I tried felt a little off key, a little false, and I couldn’t understand it. … Continue reading
(Published in Linchpin in December 2010.) “If your Mom didn’t take care of you [when you were a child], would you be able to go to work?” Those are the words of trade union activist, graduate student, and single mother … Continue reading
(Published in The Bullet: Socialist Project E-bulletin on October 3, 2010.) The 150 members of Unit 2 of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 677 have been on strike since August 16. The office, technical, and administrative workers at … Continue reading