We Pivot: The Value of the Budweiser Boycott

Budweiser has been so coy pretending their Super Bowl pro-immigration ad wasn’t political. Of course it was. Own it. But as people boycott something with the alternate spelling [Budwiser], we are able to more clearly see how people want to … [Read more]

We Pivot: Ask Kellie Leitch What Problem She Thinks She’s Solving

Kellie Leitch and her dog whistle politics have no place in my Canada. As we pivot to a world of greater justice and dignity, we need to beware of politicians peddling solutions to vague or non-existent problems. For it is … [Read more]

We Pivot: March on Washington, Live in Vancouver!

It’s an hour until Vancouver’s March on Washington begins. This is what solidarity and dignity look like! Watch for updates all morning at http://twitter.com/wepivot  

We Pivot: Trump’s Reichstag Moment?

It’s not if, but what will be Trump’s Reichstag moment. Some kind of pretense [real, allowed, condoned, manufactured] to justify a tyrant’s suspension of civil liberties. Trump has already said he’d jail his political opponent, which could easily happen despite … [Read more]

We Pivot: Is Russia Already At War with the Americans and the UK?

Various factions within the USA are squabbling over what Russia did/didn’t/may/may not have done to affect the US election. You can track these feelings based on whether the FBI or CIA prefers Trump or Clinton. Consider the FBI’s October surprise … [Read more]

We Pivot: This Week in American Fascism

Whew, what a week! As we pivot to a new world dismantling entitlements and confronting much more overt fascism, let’s reflect on what we need to call out: Fascist, white supremacists love to ban books, including To Kill A Mockingbird, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Self-Care Tips As Trump’s Inauguration Approaches

It’s all about self care. Care for yourself with more sleep, more time walking in nature, less time in elevators and more time on stairs. Eat healthier, simpler foods. Spend more time with your people: less texting and more phone … [Read more]

We Pivot: America’s Coming Civil War

Weeks ago, as I was approaching the 14th anniversary of Politics, Re-Spun, I launched WePivot.net. My goal was to move out of what started as a George.W.Caesar anti-imperial website, that morphed into an anti-Harper #SoftFascism website, into a new thing … [Read more]

We Pivot: You’re Not a White Supremacist, Right?

Sure, you’re not a racist, but you are likely living in a culture steeped in white supremacy. And male supremacy. A culture with rich, systemic norms and institutions that benefit the entitled people. Even if you do not practice patriarchy … [Read more]

We Pivot: Trump, Hypocrisy and Fascism

My Canada…my WORLD…involves people with integrity. The new American president spent months attacking people with racist, xenophobic and sexist venom. But when people satirize him, or criticize him, he cowers like a victim. This is hypocritical people living in glass … [Read more]

We Pivot: My Canada Does NOT Include Kellie Leitch’s Racism

I am ashamed for Kellie Leitch. Partly because she knows/shows no shame for her racism and xenophobia. Partly because also as a professor at a university I throw up a little bit in my throat imagining how Leitch may have … [Read more]

We Pivot: Stop Giving Trump Chances To Be Civil

He won’t. We already gave him two. His whole campaign: many of us wrote him off as a lark. I imagined only 30-35 million people would vote for such a clown. Until I realized that we can’t underestimate clowns. But … [Read more]

We Pivot: Do Not Conform!

Do not conform. Do not give in. Do not let the soul within you be molded or driven cold by circumstances, geopolitics, megalomania and division, or desperate people flinging their abuse at you because they think you’re a snowflake. Do not let the Soft Fascism on the rise since 9/11 become hardened with jackboots, brown ...

We Pivot: What Political Scientists and Pollsters Don’t Know

Clearly a great deal. Polling is broken. Random sampling is gone. People lie. People self-select. People self-deselect. Pollsters try to adjust for demographics, but they fail. Political scientists? Most of us do not have enough of a sense of the breadth of the populace to have been able to expect a massive Trump win like ...

We Pivot: Healing America Begins Now; Let’s Join Them!

It’s not Trump. It’s a country that makes Trump possible. It’s not Clinton vs. Sanders. It’s about building the world we want and making our leaders follow us. You know how much they love the polls. It’s about hope, optimism and pivoting: finding our pivot foot in the areas of life WE are improving. It’s ...

We Pivot: This is Obama’s America, Obama’s Legacy

You’d think Obama would want his legacy to not be settler/colonial terrorism against First Nations water protectors. See the video below. You’d think he would not be interested in people being dragged from prayer circles to be arrest and put in kennels. You’d think he wouldn’t want anyone putting numbers on the arms of prisoners. ...

We Pivot: My Canada Doesn’t Arrest Journalists

My Canada respects citizen and journalist free speech. My Canada respects the role of the media in enhancing democracy. My Canada does not cast a chill on political participation. But … [Read more]

We Pivot: Politicians Must Stop Breeding Cynicism: Justin Harper Edition

Old politics is all about breeding apathy and cynicism so the “leaders” can get on with their business, and the … [Read more]

Politics, Re-Spun: We Need to Prepare for Those Worse Than Trump

We can't just worry about Trump, but all those for whom he is paving the way. #Trump #TrumpTapes #SoftFascism #cdnpoli #bcpoli — Politics, Re-Spun (@PoliticsReSpun) October 8, 2016 It’s one thing to lower the bar, but with Trump, someone pulled out the jackhammer and has dug through the floor. But let’s not assume that Trump ...

Politics, Re-Spun: End Our Slow Motion Genocide!

Genocide can take place in slow motion, just like weapons of mass destruction. When I learned that people were calling land mines “weapons of mass destruction, in slow motion,” it became obvious that we can practice social/cultural/human genocide in slow motion too. Understanding racism and genocide is no simpler than this, from Zianna Oliphant: Considering ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The DNC Superdelegates Can Fix Party Corruption This Week

In case you missed it, Clinton and the DNC are corrupt, and have been for a long time. They and their media partners have worked hard to keep Bernie Sanders from becoming the Democratic nominee for president. And still, he almost won in the primaries and caucuses. What could he have accomplished if the DNC ...

Politics, Re-Spun: On Tuesday, Corporate Media Played You. Did You Catch It?

Which was the most important news story on Tuesday this week? And which news story was overshadowed by corporate media coverage of the other 3? Donald Trump was officially nominated and elected as the Republican candidate for president, despite attempts to derail that surreal event. Donald Trump’s wife plagiarized Michelle Obama in her speech. There ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

Clinton breathed a sigh of relief and spun the result: thanks for the “win.” Source: From Iowa to New Hampshire: Latest Updates on 2016 This was no win. Despite the massive corporate media campaign to ignore Sanders, he did exceptionally well because he resonates with actual people. Democratic Results in Iowa »   Pct. Delegates ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

Clinton breathed a sigh of relief and spun the result: thanks for the “win.” Source: From Iowa to New Hampshire: Latest Updates on 2016 This was no win. Despite the massive corporate media campaign to ignore Sanders, he did exceptionally well because he resonates with actual people. Democratic Results in Iowa »   Pct. Delegates ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Why I Joined Team Mulcair

After years of concern about what a second Harper majority government would do to eradicate the rest of what I love about Canada, I’ve been able to reject fear and embrace change. But it was a long process that required coming to terms with Tom Mulcair. And I did. And so should you, which is ...