Author: John C. Thompson

All the world’s a political stage. And all the protestors merely players

In theory, public political protest is a sign of a healthy democracy. But John Thompson, who has been conducting a life-long anthropological study of Man the Demonstrator, has some doubts. His research suggests the “protest movement” is politically unbalanced – conservatives almost never do it – and often unconnected to anything the public actually cares about. It seems to be dominated by semi-professional mayhem-makers who know little and care less about their cause de jour, as long as they make the news. But at least, writes Thompson, it is a reliable source of amusement.

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Hunger and its Discontents

O Canada what a fortunate country to have such an abundance of fertile land and fresh water. Not just fortunate in the sense of a people well-fed and watered, but in the geo-political sense of a country well-endowed with vital strategic assets in an increasingly hungry and thirsty world. Food insecurity has been a catalyst for social and political upheavals throughout human history. The world’s population is headed from 7 billion today to as many as 11 billion by 2100. Global food reserves are falling, and prices are spiking. This is a recipe for the next big global security crisis, writes John C. Thompson, and Canadian foreign policy makers would be well advised to start planning now for its challenges and opportunities.

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