I think Martin Luther King was right when he said the arc of history is long but bends toward freedom. But it will keep bending without getting there, at least not for a long time.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
I'm grateful to American-Irish writer Harry Browne, for writing The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power) on the ultimate "celebrity humanitarian."
Democracy isn't a classic script that actors must memorize and never deviate from. It's more like improv, shifting and reconstituting.
The Arab Spring wasn't an event with a result to preserve, it was a piece of process. Same for democratization.
Harper's found a way to integrate the panic over jihadi bombers with his single-minded economic focus on Alberta oil extraction, by targeting the mostly benign, non-violent environmentalists of B.C.
Turkey's "standing man" protester, created by performance artist Erdem Gunduz, is a brilliant addition to the iconography of non-violence.
Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are young male models of heroism, duty and self-sacrifice like the Hardy Boys or Tom Swift once were. They're the Horatio Whistleblowers of our time.
Bullying (or what it ineptly refers to) and sexuality aren't sidelines to juggle so that the real task of taking arid tests like this week's EQAO exams can occur.
We'd be nowhere on the Ford story without print media, it wouldn't exist, along with its ever-widening ripples of insight into how our society functions.
Could the current embarrassment surrounding Rob Ford be an opportunity to move beyond that ever-revolving bifurcation between roughly equal blocs toward a more complete civic consensus?