Occupy: The Leaderless Dilemma

The Occupy Movement has provided something of a case study in leadership — or lack thereof. I don’t say this in a demeaning way: my friends and acquaintances in movement are quite adamant that Occupy is non-hierarchical and free of any centralized authority structure. In a word: leaderless. And most occupiers I know see this …

Regret Analysis: The Retention of the Past

Right now, all over the world, there are well-meaning friends encouraging each other to leave their past behind them, to look to the future with sparkling optimism, and to bury yesteryear’s woes in the sands of time. However, we ought not forget this ageless proverb: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat …

Root of Democracy

About 465 people in my city are in the middle of a labor dispute that is rippling across North America, even provoking substantial reporting in the New York Times,1 Reuters2 and the Wall Street Journal.3 At issue: an American company (Caterpillar) who owns a local locomotive plant (Electro-Motive Diesel) has locked out the unionized (Canadian …