Religion, atheism, and the dangers of knowing the truth

A storm at sea

Humans yearn to make sense of the world. Throughout recorded history and before, humans have been in awe of the cosmos. We have struggled for a closer connection to the world— to better understand it and, ultimately, to better understand our place in it. As Rupert Shortt puts it, we…


US weakened Arctic Declaration to fit the GOP’s extreme fossil fuels agenda

Last week, the United States signed a declaration to protect the Arctic and expand scientific co-operation within the eight-nation Arctic Council. The Fairbanks Declaration references the Paris climate agreement and [reiterates] the need for global action to reduce both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants.”

International reaction to the…


BC Premier Christy Clark was trailing in the polls but she got dealt an unexpected Trump card

Donald Trump likely can’t name the premier of British Columbia (BC). He almost certainly hasn’t heard of John Horgan. And when Trump threatened protectionist measures against Canada’s softwood lumber industry, he probably didn’t know that Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal Party and John Horgan’s New Democratic Party were in the midst…


Women in Northern Syria are waging war against ISIS — and the patriarchy

When you think of women in Northern Syria, what do you picture? No doubt you’re imagining women displaced by war and/or oppressed by ISIS. What you probably don’t think of is its feminist activists and armed militants leading an unprecedented women’s revolution.

Although the Rojava Revolution receives little media coverage…


Investigation absolves US-backed SDF of worst allegations but questions remain

In Syria’s brutal, six-year war of school massacres, chemical weapons, beheadings, religious persecution, torture, suicide bombers, and human shields, the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria has emerged as an island of relative stability and a beacon of hope. The Kurdish Democratic Union Party-led authorities are known for their ethnic…


From stupid tweet to official government policy: the madness of Trump’s climate change agenda

In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted that global warming is a Chinese hoax invented to damage US manufacturing. At the time, this was just the crackpot conspiracy theory of an attention-seeking celebrity. It was stupid and laughable. …


EPA chief Scott Pruitt is in charge of regulating the industries he’s spent his life faithfully serving

Hillary Clinton’s emails dominated coverage of the 2016 election season. Clinton’s opponents saw leaks from the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign as evidence for their long-held belief that Hillary Clinton paid lip-service to the common people in public but cozied-up to corporate interests behind closed doors. In one memorable excerpt…


By Spencer Lachmanec

On Monday, US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time. The two men have diametrically opposed public personas and starkly different governmental agendas. Juxtaposed to each other, the pair seem like a heavy-handed caricature of the stereotypical differences between Americans…


The Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter, and “the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom”


“Do you understand that in this political world there will be people calling, demanding, pushing, insisting on things that they do not know what they’re asking for, and could, indeed, be corrosive of the rule of law, could diminish the respect the Department of Justice has, could diminish, um, the…

Spencer Lachmanec

Political commentator.

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