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Issue 32 Articles

The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Quebec’s student movement and British Columbia’s referendum on sales taxes, among other events, have led to an explosion of ideas and arguments about democracy. Inroads 32 brings some of these ideas and arguments together. Henry Milner expresses concern that “social media politics,” as exemplified by the Quebec student movement, may be incompatible with representative democracy, while Judy Rebick argues that the innovations created by the Quebec students and Occupy Wall Street are deepening and broadening democracy. Irene Martín Cortés takes us inside a protest movement that has become a model for others throughout the Western world, Spain’s 15M. And John Richards warns of the dangers of determining tax policy by referendum.

 

 

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Social media politics

Are the new movements, from Quebec to Wall Street, compatible with representative democracy? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Henry Milner
 

 
 
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A generation that is deepening democracy

Judy Rebick believes the new generation rising up under the banners of the Quebec student strike and Occupy Wall Street are creating innovations that will profoundly deepen and broaden democracy. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Judy Rebick
 

 

 
Indignados.

Spain’s Indignados: For a better representative democracy, and more

Irene Martín Cortés looks into Spain’s Indignados as example of better representative democracy, and more. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Irene Martin
 

 
 
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Tax policy by referendum: British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform

British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by John Richards
 

 

 
quebecelection

An ex-politician’s Quebec election blog

Excerpts from Joseph Facal's blog, containing some of his more trenchant observations on Quebec’s recent election campaign. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Joseph Facal
 

 
 
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Language policy 
without the emotion

With the Parti Québécois winning the September 4 general election, language politics has once again been primed in Quebec and across Canada. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Bruce Hicks
 

 

 
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Obama 2012 versus Obama 2008

Finally, it’s over. What are we to make of the 2012 U.S. election campaign? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Donald Cuccioletta
 

 
 
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The Marikana tragedy: South Africa’s social contract with its working poor breaks down

South Africa’s social contract with its working poor breaks down [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Robert Cohen
 

 

 
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What happened when Quebec’s 20th-century government encountered its 21st-century social movement

What happened when Quebec’s 20th-century government encountered its 21st-century social movement [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Pierre-Gerlier Forest
 

 
 
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Making policy by e-referendum

Should Canada’s political system be overhauled to incorporate 21st-century technologies? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Brad Kempo