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- To the 'progressive mainstream', re. the policeIn this post, I want to address a certain subset of people who have progressive politics of one sort or another, and I want to make one fairly narrow point about the police and affiliated institutions and challenge you to think about what implications it might have. Before I make that point, I want to stress that I am not making it with reference to any one
- Rob Ford, Homophobia, Austerity, and the Social Organization of Attention and AffectI am ashamed to admit it, but I am about to subject any readers who dare to a post that contains the words "Rob" and "Ford" in close proximity. My apologies. I am doing this less out of interest in talking about him, though, than because I think the shape of the reaction to his most recent antics provides a window into some larger issues
- On writing, new phases, and being blockedI'm not used to feeling blocked, as a writer. It's not that I find writing always and only easy -- sometimes I'm fast, sometimes I'm slow; sometimes it is joyous, other times painful. But part of the benefit of putting pen to page and fingertips to keys, week in and week out in a whole bunch of different forms for approaching two decades
- Review: New Materialisms[Diana Coole and Samantha Frost, editors. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.] It will come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads this blog that I read some pretty dense nonfiction for fun. Oh, I'm no "theoryhead" -- those people who have devoted so much of themselves to such
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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