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Social Change

  • 2010 Homes not 2010 Games

    Slagging on the Olympics is a good way to make people think you’re a kook. Nobody likes a party pooper, especially one at a worldwide pageantry that’s bringing 82 nations together in peaceful competition. It’s definitely not in keeping with the nebulous concept of “Olympic Spirit,” which is, let’s face it, only rich in sentiment. Nevertheless, such sentiment serves as a convenient rallying cry for corporations that stand to profit from the rapacious development of Olympic venues and public consumption of events, schwag and advertisements. It’s a feel-good moneymaker.

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  • Review

    Entry-level social change

    Book review for Everyday Justice by Julie Clawson

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  • News

    Breaking the law

    While civil disobedience has played a significant role in many of history’s greatest movements – in India, South Africa, the American South, and countless other places – you don’t hear much about it in North America anymore. But perhaps it is now making a comeback.

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  • Editorial

    Cultural activism

    An insurrectionary imagination is at the heart of cultural activism. It is a sense of possibility that is not limited by copying a pattern or following a design that somebody else created, or by what Augusto Boal (2002) calls the “cop in the head.”

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  • The Soapboxer

    Maybe art

    Given how much vapid art is out there perpetuating the dominant materialistic status quo, what’s the sum total of art’s impact on the world?

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  • Editorial

    Artists point to evil, revitalize hope

    As we considered the content for this issue, we chose artists whose work challenges a particular status quo and questions beliefs many take for granted. A sexually aroused biblical hero, dolls that reinforce cruel stereotypes or images of Christian women in a Nazi salute – these are images that are both pointed and provocative. They stir up emotions and grab you by the lapels, but they do so to raise important issues.

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  • Experiments

    Countrify the city, modernize the rural: An interview with J.B. MacKinnon

    For one year, Alisa Smith and her partner J.B. MacKinnon ate only food that came from within 100 miles of their urban Vancouver home. Their bestselling book, The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating is helping to fuel the growing popularity of local, trustworthy food. In an interview with Geez, J.B. reflects on the urban-rural divide in society, a divide they had to continually cross in their search for food.

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  • Editorial

    Sugar-coated ritual

    Eating is a most ordinary act. Scrounge through the cupboard, peer into the open fridge, pour, peel, unwrap, nuke, scoop, chew, swallow, put the dishes on the counter. Again and again. It is the basic daily maintenance of existence. Sometimes it’s tasty, sometimes it’s drudgery.

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  • Editorial

    Should we love Goliath?

    We are right; they are wrong.

    It’s a fundamental premise of most activism. We – the enlightened remnant – face off against the military-industrial complex, neo-con conspirators, suburban SUV drivers, or other favored Goliath. But is moralistic antagonism the path to a better world? Is it possible to address conflicts between the powerful and powerless without demonizing certain players?

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  • Editorial

    Monster liberation

    In our guts we know there’s more to the monster myth than consumer products and entertainment venues.

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