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Portland, Maine, officials ordered that a park be cleared on Sept. 28, 2022, of people who were homeless and that any trash be removed before a visit by a candidate for governor. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Being homeless means not being free − as Americans are supposed to be

To be homeless is a condition in which a person’s freedom is profoundly compromised. And that’s un-American, says a philosopher.
Science fiction offers a glimpse of what governments of the world are – and can become. agsandrew via Getty Images

This course uses science fiction to understand politics

Science fiction does more than entertain – it can also be used to better understand the political forces that shape the societies in which we live.
People listen to the national anthem of Ukraine during the funeral of Yurii Kulyk, 27, in Kalynivka, near Kyiv, Feb. 21, 2023. Kulyk, a civilian who was a volunteer in the armed forces of Ukraine, was killed during a rocket attack on Feb. 15 in Lyman in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Why a new centre for civic engagement in Ukraine could help counter Russia’s invasion

Maintaining a functional and lively civil society in Ukraine is crucial to keeping supplies moving and keeping up the morale of the country.
Reenactments of Old West gunfights, like this one at a tourist attraction in Texas in 2014, are part of the mythology underpinning the United States’ gun culture. Carol M. Highsmith via Library of Congress

American gun culture is based on frontier mythology – but ignores how common gun restrictions were in the Old West

A scholar of gun culture looks at the roots of Americans’ love affair with firearms – and their willingness to accept gun violence as a price of freedom.
The Uber model hinders any possibility of drivers acting collectively and generates significant cognitive dissonance among them. (Shutterstock)

Why Uber drivers aren’t unionizing in Québec

When it comes to dealing with Uber’s difficult working conditions, Uber drivers are on their own.
People rally against provincial and federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates and in support of Ottawa protestors outside the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on Feb. 4. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Statephobia on display at the ‘freedom convoy’

The convoy’s comparison of Canada’s current government to Nazi Germany draws on previously existing statephobia.
A person holds a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms during the so-called freedom convoy protest on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s legal disinformation pandemic is exposed by the ‘freedom convoy’

The Canadian Constitution compels a proportionate weighing of all Charter rights against the threat of COVID-19, meaning that individual freedom is not absolute.

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