Author: Joshua Lieblein

Not wanted in the village

If a conservative wrote The Great Canadian Novel, what would it be about? Joshua Lieblein has an idea, but he doubts any Canadian publisher would touch it. So instead he’s written a satirical memo about such a book, from a traumatized manuscript reader to her editor boss.

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When Newspeak is written by the mob

The recent dust-up between Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau over whether the niqab is a reasonable expression of religious belief or symbol of an “anti-women culture” looked at first like a hands-down political win for Harper. Then the Twitterverse got hold of it and recast Harper from feminist champion to sexist bigot. The incident shows how hard it is for governments to exert message control in the age of social media. In theory this is good for democracy, writes Joshua Lieblein, but why does it feel so much like anarchy?

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