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Issue 39 – Summer / Fall 2016

IIn recent months, the loudest political voices in Europe and the United States have been those of populists, both left and right. In Inroads 39, Patrick Webber analyzes the growth of “parochial populism” and its challenge to the cosmopolitan consensus that had prevailed since the end of the Cold War. Against the background of the “Brexit” referendum, Eric Shaw looks at the destabilizing impact of the issue of immigration in Britain. Two other articles offer authoritative, thoroughly researched but accessible analyses of important issues: Josh Gordon examines the role of foreign and especially Chinese investment in inflating Vancouver’s housing bubble, and John Graham proposes a strategy to allow First Nations to benefit from the opportunities presented by major natural resource projects.

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Untangling the relationship between religion and violence

Bob Chodos looks at a creative approach to the problem of religious violence [Issue 39, 2016]
by Bob Chodos


A deep and enduring split within liberalism

Gareth Morley examines Jacob Levy’s distinction between “rationalist” and “pluralist” liberalism [Issue 39, 2016]
by Gareth Morley



Robert Putnam’s tale of two Americas

Mark Pancer fids Robert Putnam’s tale of “two Americas” compelling [Issue 39, 2016]
by Mark Pancer


The Liberal Party: Five lives and counting

Reg Whitaker traces the historical context for the new Liberal government [Issue 39, 2016]
by Reg Whitaker


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How binge-watching creates a new art form

Jeffrey Oberman: A new art form is emerging, freed from the constraints of traditional movies and TV [Issue 39, 2016]
by Jeffrey Oberman


An idea whose time has come – again

Ian Peach: Bring back the Carter Commission [Issue 39, 2016]
by Ian Peach



Lunacy in Lotusland

Josh Gordon: Chinese investors are driving the housing bubble and politicians are avoiding the consequences [Issue 39, 2016]
by Josh Gordon


Natural resource projects: The challenge and the opportunity for First Nations

John Graham: Without improvement in First Nation governance, the potential of resource projects to help First Nation communities will be lost [Issue 39, 2016]
by John Graham



British Labour’s immigration problem

Eric Shaw on British Labour’s immigration problem [Issue 39, 2016]
by Eric Shaw


Britain’s EU referendum:
 The view from the Continent

Jan Eichhorn on how Europe would react to a Brexit [Issue 39, 2016]
by Jan Eichhorn



The politics of the raised drawbridge

Patrick Webber on the parochial populists, left and right [Issue 39, 2016]
by Patrick Webber


The centre cannot hold

Brexit, immigration and the fate of the European Union - An introduction by John Richards [Issue 39, 2016]
by John Richards



Spain: Will the new election resolve the impasse?

Marc Sanjaume-Calvet on the implosion of Spain’s two-party system [Issue 39, 2016]
by Marc Sanjaume-Calvet


Why do the poor support Ford and Trump?

Arthur Milner on why the poor vote for Donald Trump [Issue 39, 2016]
by Arthur Milner



A century after the Rising, Ireland is deadlocked

Garth Stevenson on the Irish impasse [Issue 39, 2016]
by Garth Stevenson

Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, is sworn in to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market Oversight" on Capitol Hill in Washington February 4, 2016. Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions on Thursday from U.S. lawmakers interested in why the company raised the price of a lifesaving medicine by 5,000 percent.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX25HGY

Heroes of the new Gilded Age: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Reg Whitaker on our new Gilded Age [Issue 39, 2016]
by Reg Whitaker


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Syria and liberal interventionism

Dominic Cardy on Syria and humanitarian intervention [Issue 39, 2016]
by Dominic Cardy


Justin Trudeau’s sunny grip of control

Alex Marland finds that the new transparency is mostly P.R. [Issue 39, 2016]
by Alex Marland