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Student of politics and history. Enjoying the circus before the tent burns down. Founder of Practicing Politics —

But if you want BLM to succeed, you need to.

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It makes sense. In a movement focused on bringing to light the experiences of marginalized groups, why would you focus on the demographic who has benefited the most from the very systems that caused this marginalization in the first place?

Well, because in important ways they haven’t. Or, at least, they feel like they haven’t.

If you want to gain a new perspective on why so many Americans still cannot get on board with BLM and refuse to dismount the Trump bandwagon, then I urge you to keep reading.


A brief look into the reasons for this troubling trend and what you can do to help

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While many pay lip service to the idea of food banks and charitable donations, there is still a prevalent notion in many western nations that food insecurity is in some way a moral failure.

Not that it should really need saying, but let’s be clear: the fact that we require food banks at all is not a good thing.

I typically try to avoid writing doom-and-gloom articles like the plague, especially when they concern political topics. Simply pointing out how miserable things are does little good for anyone. …

‘Getting’ someone to agree with you and ‘letting’ them agree with you are two very different things

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Summary: When talking to someone about political issues, if your aim is to change their mind, consider whether or not you are even letting them agree with you. You can challenge their current beliefs all you like, but if you aren’t providing your own perspective as a welcoming and attractive place to move to, they might not find what you say very compelling.

When discussing important political issues, you need to get out of your own way

When talking to someone with opposing political beliefs to your own, it can be hard not to try and change that person’s mind…

Entering into the last year of my undergraduate, things are not how I hoped they would be

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We’ve all seen the headlines…

“University Professors Forcing Leftist Views on Students”


“College Campuses Are Breading Grounds For Radical Progressives”

And, if you talk to even a small number of post-secondary students who have taken an Arts course, you will no doubt hear multiple stories about how their papers were marked down due to the ideological bias of the Professor. These sorts of experiences only confirm what many conservative and right-leaning folks have believed for a long time; higher education isn’t about free-thinking, it’s about entrenching progressive and Leftist doctrine in young adults: next stop Moscow.

But in my…

I asked 15 people who were COVID skeptical what it would take to change their minds, here’s what they said…

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Summary: This article will provide a summary of 15 answers I received from the question, “What would it take to change your mind about COVID?” This was asked during a series of interviews with people who self-identified as having some degree of COVID/Vaccine skepticism, and took place between April-May 2021.

Conversations between people who fundamentally disagree about COVID are — at least in my experience — still fairly uncommon. Despite how much noise COVID-discourse makes online, this often occurs among people who are largely already in agreement on the topic. …

Conspiracies aside, power and agency play an important role in why COVID-denialism is so appealing to so many

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The reason why someone might buy into COVID-denialism and the reasons they put forward for justifying this belief can be completely different.

Why have so many people become skeptical about the ‘mainstream narrative’ regarding COVID-19? Needless to say, the reason varies from person to person. In some cases, while folks ranging from COVID-skeptical to being in COVID-denial agree on the end conclusion — that everything is not as it seems — their arguments often contradict or even fundamentally oppose one another; COVID-19…

The winter will be colder without it

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Coming from Alberta, a place many refer to as the Texas of Canada, I feel obliged at this time to offer some words of advice to our much warmer, southern twin state. Winter is a time where we need to rely on others more, not less. But as news of your recent snow dump — relatively speaking, that is — begins to spread, it seems that many are preferring to brave this one out alone.

Please — do not do this.

The death count already sits at 24. This may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of…

As it turns out, the final days of being a President in the US are akin to the final hours of class before Christmas break in Elementary School…

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As it turns out, the final days of being a President in the US are akin to the final hours of class before Christmas break in Elementary School; the usual rules don’t really apply, instead of regular lessons you just listen to songs and colour in pictures of Rudolph, you can head home a little earlier than you are supposed to, and finally, if you so wish, you can even get away with some funny pranks! (like unaccountably sending thousands of fellow students to capture and likely execute your School Principal).

Would this final option be morally questionable? Undeniably! But…

Because until now, they have been counting on us to leave them alone

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Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been under the spotlight recently, receiving both support and backlash following their decisions to ban or moderate content posted by former President Donald Trump. As with seemingly every other news item that makes headlines these days, this debate has evolved to encompass a much deeper issue. Having now outgrown its initial context, the debate poses a relatively simple question:

Should we be regulating social media platforms?

While this question has strong arguments on both sides, personally, I know where I stand: yes. If you ask me where I lie on pretty…

‘How’ and ‘why’ you should contribute to this publication!

Article summary:

  1. What Practicing Politics is — a publication that talks about how we engage in politics at all levels, as well as solutions for how to do so more effectively.
  2. What content we accept — anything nonpartisan that relates to political engagement and political culture.
  3. How to contribute — email me directly at with a small bio and article draft, you can then be added as a writer and submit directly to the publication.

What is Practicing Politics?

If the last year has shown us anything, it’s that we need to take a long, hard look at the way we practice our politics. The…

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