Category: Politics

The Political and Bureaucratic Rot at the Heart of Ontario’s COVID Crisis

There’s a phenomenon I’ve noticed within collapsing societal and ideological frameworks where lived experience doesn’t line up with the dominant socio/cultural framework. By that, I mean how we talk and think about ourselves as a society contradicts what we experience living in that society. It was something that I experienced years ago when my grandmother

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Ripple and the Pax Americana: Regulations, Digital Assets, and Global Affairs

In a recent article featured in The Hill, Chris Larsen, co-founder and executive chairman of Ripple, suggested that the lack of clear regulatory clarity on cryptocurrencies and digital assets has put the United States in the position where it may lose its place as the global reserve currency once China tokenizes the Yuan. At the

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Ripple and the Benevolent Machine Dictatorship

Several months ago, Ripple posted an interview with Scott Chamberlain, an entrepreneurial fellow at the Australian National University College of Law. With funding through Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), ANU launched two new courses exploring legal issues with the application of blockchain technology like smart contracts and the integration of artificial intelligence into a

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Ripple and the Titans of Money

Ripple has positioned itself to be an intermediary between the various international firms that exist in their own fiefdoms and it has developed a purpose that will allow it to coexist with the sword of Damocles that hovers over the cryptocurrency space – those central bank issued digital assets that threaten to throw the lesser

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Bitcoin and War

In the opening salvos of the Second World War, Allied powers implemented a naval blockade of Nazi Germany to choke off the flow of raw materials crucial to the Nazi war effort. German U-Boats attacked allied merchant ships and cargo haulers, most famously sinking the civilian liner the SS Athenia hours after a formal declaration

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Disposable Humanity: Industry and Immigration

There exists a duality in the attitudes of some of the families of refugees in Canada that cuts between gratitude and uneasiness. I call it uneasiness because I’m not sure how else to describe it. The gratitude comes from a host country granting a refugee sanctuary during a time when their lives are in peril.

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Disposable Humanity: The Sharing Economy

I’ve recently been reminded of something my grandmother used to do. Keep in mind she was from a much harder time than now. She lived through the Great Depression and the Second World War. She was taken to Nazi slave labour camp when fourteen and once liberated, narrowly escaped communist death squads. She remembered real

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