By Lindsay Marsh on November 2, 2016
How is it that Canada has Trudeau while the United States has Trump? As a tumultuous U.S. presidential campaign ends, this OpenCanada series explores the conditions that have set Canada up to emerge, in 2016, as a bright light on a dark political stage. The series is published as part of UBC’s fall 2016 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series. Explore the pieces below: Canadian Exceptionalism by Stephen Marche. No Matter Why Canadians are Different, We’re Just Happy We Are by Susan Delacourt. Mark Canada’s ‘Moment,’ But with More Honest Self-Examination by Luke Savage. If Anything, We Have Sound Immigration Policy to Thank by John Ibbitson. Canada is no Exception-Just Look at Its Record on Indigenous Rights by Andray Domise.
By Lindsay Marsh on September 16, 2016
Author Jane Mayer explores the Koch brothers, the U.S. political right and the future of politics in America in this Maclean’s article, ahead of her talk at UBC on Sept. 23 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies fall series on the U.S. Election. Find the Maclean’s article here. Jane examines how a clutch of wealthy conservatives have unparalleled influence among top Republican politicians—and their ideas have been seeded by think tanks and academics those same businessmen have funded. As Jane shares “It’s hard to look at Trump as a hopeful sign because, in his own way, he is offering false solutions to many problems. The possibility exists that the Kochs will walk away with even more power if Trump’s defeated.” Jane Mayer is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the best-selling book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. We welcome you to share your comments on Jane Mayer’s article below.
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By Lindsay Marsh on September 15, 2016
David Frum and Peter Beinart, both editors at The Atlantic, weighed in on the forces transforming both Democrats and Republicans in this Maclean’s article. Each spoke at the University of British Columbia in Fall 2016 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series on the U.S. election campaign. Both Frum and Beinart argue that no matter the results of the election on Nov. 8, Americans will elect a president that the majority of Americans dislike. Read the Maclean’s interview here.
By Lindsay Marsh on August 30, 2016
The Politics of Inequality Series The inaugural 2015 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, examined the impacts of inequality in in its myriad forms: income, wealth, gender, race, marriage, globalization, and the environment. The Lind Initiative included a speaker series, featuring economists Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs, journalist Jill Abramson, author Teju Cole, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, as well as an upper-level university seminar led by Dr. Stiglitz. In partnership with the Lind Initiative and to align with its 2015 theme, OpenCanada.org focused its attention to matters of inequality with articles, essays, analyses and interviews with key experts, writers and scholars who explore the issue in depth. Through contributions from economist Dambisa Moyo, Aboriginal journalist Angela Sterritt, Harvard visiting professor Miles Corak, and Nick Malkoutzis of Athens’ Kathimerini English, among others, readers gained a better understanding of a crisis at the forefront of today’s politics in Canada and around the world. The Politics of Inequality series ran as a partnership between OpenCanada and the Lind Initiative at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in 2015.
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