Things to Read this Week, #4

Here’s what I think we should all be reading this week, what do you think? Check them out, and maybe share a few of your own “most shareable” articles in the comments!

Quebec tables new religious neutrality bill banning face coverings“, CBC, June 10th,

I’ve never understood the whole debate over niqabs or hijabs. Why on earth would anyone take issue with what an individual is wearing, so far as to make it illegal for them to wear it (under certain conditions, albeit)? One of the arguments I hear for banning the wearing of the garments is that “women are forced to wear them” and don’t have a choice, so in the interest of freedom of choice, we are going to force them not to wear them. Brilliant.

Stop oilsands expansion, Canadian and U.S. researchers say“, CBC, June 10th

I read some of Noam Chomsky’s essays about the role of intellectuals/academics in public life a few weeks ago, and I feel like this is exactly the sort of thing he would like to see. I will always have more faith in academics than in politicians or businessmen, and I think what they have to say about things should always be taken into account. We need to invest in sustainable economic development that respects both the environment, and if we want to actually create a carbon neutral nation by 2100, we need to start today. Let’s see Mr. Harper begin to walk the walk.

Senate abolition a non-starter despite Mulcair’s push“, CBC, June 11th

This article asks if we can actually abolish the senate, which the NDP’s Mr. Mulcair has recently advocated. Certainly does raise some interesting constitutional questions and challenges politicians to actually follow through with their promises, and criticizes them for making claims on which they legally can’t follow through. Glad to see that the debate is at least taking place. Furthermore, I think it would be possible to reform the senate without actually abolishing it, something that does face some significant constitutional hurdles – something as simple as electing senators from the provinces they represent, or having the provincial legislators vote for their senators, would, I think, make the senate more legitimate and more accountable. (Though I would really like to see a senate with directly elected members based on a proportional representative electoral system).

Why the caliphate survives“, Al Jazeera, June 10th,

Fantastic article that explains the historical factors behind the seemingly sudden rise of ISIS in the Middle East. While I was as shocked as anyone when they came screaming into the headlines about a year ago, the signs of their arrival should have been there to see, though foresight is perfect. I read Hourani’s wonderfully readable History of the Arab Peoples recently, and there are a few clues in there that seem to preview the current unrest in the Arab world, especially when one considers demographics and the intellectual climate.

Liberals losing steam as election approaches, polls suggest“, CBC, June 12th,

Perhaps this is a little premature, but I’m predicting a two-way race in October between the Tories and the NDP. The Liberals have failed to present themselves as a distinctly different party, and the votes of the left have realigned themselves with the NDP as both the leading leftist party in Canada and as the only real alternative government to Harper’s Conservatives. With the current senate scandal, the foreign policy failures in Libya and now in Syria/Iraq, the outrage generated over C-51 and aspects of the 2015 budget, and the ship-jumping of key Conservative’s like McKay, I think an NDP government is a real possibility come October.

Autonomous Vehicles Will Replace Taxi Drivers, But That’s Just the Beginning“, Huffington Post, June 11th,
Last week I posted an article about how technology is beginning to replace even more workers, and suggested that this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. This current wave of news about driverless cars replacing workers (including today, here in Canada) is a further indication that the working class and lower-middle class are about to be in for a seriously bad time unless we start to rethink our entire economic model. If we are not dependent on wages to enjoy our standard of living, than implementing technology to replace more jobs can improve the lives of everyone. It could give us more free time for recreation and leisure, community and family, and, most importantly, education and innovation to provide continuing progress. Let’s start to have that conversation at least, because the technological capability is steamrolling ahead, and this can (and should) be a very good thing.

Let me know what you think in the comments! If you want to see more recommended reading and opinion pages, follow us on WordPress or @doonpress on Twitter! We’ve got a few really cool articles coming up in the next week or two on social media, youth voting, and maybe one on the Canadian senate or on technology replacing jobs! In the meantime check out The Young Pundit, they do more or less the same thing as us here at doonpress, though much better, I’m afraid! Cheers, all.


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