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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Jerry White

Jerry White is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie University.

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Jerry White

Figure of Speech

How language constitutes human consciousness July-August 2016
There is an interesting moment about halfway into Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s 1992 NFB film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media. The titular character explains he has never been able to find an intellectually satisfying connection between the work that he has done on language (his concept of generative grammar, which he laid out in 1957’s Syntactic Structures and refined in 1965’s Aspects of the Theories of Syntax

Political Inheritance

The nationalist blurring of “Left” and “Right,” from Scotland and Ireland to Quebec June 2013
What, it seems reason-able to ask, is really conservative about the present incarnation of the Conservatives? Given their near-religious commitment to laissez-faire economics, their fondness for massively expensive military projects and their Thatcher-esque sense that publicly sponsored collective action is indefensibly coercive, shouldn’t they find another name? Aren’t they really, in essence, right-wing liberals? I realize this is something of a…

Two Windows on the Arctic

Travels in Greenland and Nunavut. September 2002
Although it has long been presented as a kind of terra nullius, the Arctic is one of the birthplaces of what we now call transnationalism. Two recent books about that sprawling, unmanageable region bring together very different parts of outsiders’ experiences of the Arctic, but that transnational reality crops up every once in a…