In the aftermath of his disastrous unilateral invasion of the nation of Ukraine, many people on the left, and throughout society in general, are making an apt comparison between Vladimir Putin and Hitler. Despite the writing clearly being on the wall that Fascism is on the march in Europe again, some other small number of western leftists are defending Putin or his actions, or at least echoing his own talking points.
This is a bad business for those people who spent time building "big tent" movements on the left. If the Hitler analogy is accepted as true or upheld as conventional political wisdom, it means that some of the allies and comrades within that big tent are now fascist sympathizers who will ultimately need to be ejected, for no matter how big the tent, the left makes no common cause with apologists for fascism.
Who are the tankies? It's a blanket term used to describe any far-left ideology which is reflexively supportive of authoritarian states or state policies or whose behavior or political convictions can be demonstrated to further the goals of those states. In the field it can be a matter of survival to know which type of tankie you're looking at and how they operate. Through exhaustive consultation with average Twitter, Facebook and Reddit discourse, we've prepared this field guide to the 10 most common tanks you might encounter on the ideological battlefield.
If there were an infectious disease going around, and all the best advice from independent experts indicated that one simple little thing could dramatically reduce the harm that disease did-- would you take that advice? That's definitely the question of the day. When faced with a pandemic of far right politics and hatred, Canada’s civil power clearly did not take the best advice.
Jack Sweeney, a 19 year old college student from Florida, has stirred controversy by using open source information to track the locations of aircraft belonging to the global super rich. Sweeny set up a twitter account managed by an automated 'bot' which used code to tweet the location of a private airplane owned by Elon Musk, the world's richest man.
Meanwhile, the governing Taliban regime is playing host to a former Al Jazeera Journalist Charlotte Bellis, from New Zealand. Bellis is stuck in limbo which she blames on her country’s coronavirus restrictions. In the international press, she has positively contrasted the Taliban’s treatment of women against that of the New Zealand government.
From Trekkers to Truckers: 2022's Freedom Convoy an indictment of the failure of liberal leadership and "left populism"
The Canadian left cannot afford to ignore populist frustration any longer, even when those frustrations are warped by partisan forces into an incoherent howl. Why are they angry? They can’t really say, beyond conspiracy theory and rhetoric. If the left’s job was to give them the words to attain class consciousness, we failed.
If a worker creates an AI copy of themselves, and then dies, it is understood and generally accepted that the AI is legally the property of the company on whose server the information that comprises that digitally embodied worker's skills, is stored.
With forthcoming advances in AI and its increasing role in end-of-life planning, that could make a person's brain and personality, the property of another-- an intelligence and personality which could someday be re-embodied as a replacement worker. Why aren't we talking seriously and urgently about the political and ethical considerations inherent to the AI revolution, robotics and the metaverse?
(Toronto) Brad Hunter isn’t a good journalist. He’s not even a good writer. As far as crime reporting goes, he’s got an indescribably easy job with the Toronto Sun, wafting mean-spirited and libelous conjecture into the ether like, smoke from an incense burner, or—well, like Kudzu in… Dixie?
By M Ranger
Owners of small animals and parents of human younglings in the western borough of Jane and Dundas seek respite from the plague of prowling and wiley beasts in their surrounds.
Residents in the Jane and Dundas area say the beasts, four legged canids called ‘Coyotes’ are a serious problem— and it’s being made worse.