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Brian Dijkema

Brian Dijkema is Program Director, Work and Economics at Cardus and senior editor with Comment. Prior to joining Cardus, Brian worked for almost a decade in labour relations in Canada after completing his master's degree with Cardus Senior Fellow, Jonathan Chaplin. He has also done work on international human rights, with a focus on labour, economic, and social rights in Latin America and China. Read More ›

Bio last modified June 1st, 2017.
Articles by Brian Dijkema
  • Peculiar to public libraries

    Brian Dijkema

    Libraries are undergoing a bit of an identity crisis these days. As Alan Jacobs notes in his recent book The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (stay tuned for a full review in Comment!), we live in an age of cheap and plentiful books. Cheap and plentiful books mean that any institution, any individual can create a library; and the ubiquity of words on the web only exacerbates this.

  • Change the Paradigm for Aboriginal Affairs

    Brian Dijkema

    Canada has, in one sense, come a long way from that tumultuous time. Our government has apologized for the travesties of residential schools and is working—however awkwardly—to bring the truth of those horrors to light—all in the hope of bringing reconciliation between Aboriginals and the rest of us.

  • Tut Holland!

    Brian Dijkema

    When North Americans do think about the Netherlands, it's usually in favourable terms. The Netherlands is considered a bastion of progress. After all, the Netherlands was home to the great humanist Erasmus, and not a few of the godfathers of the Enlightenment, for instance René Descartes and Baruch Spinoza for instance. Back in the day, Holland was the place to escape from religious persecution and enjoy the tranquility of order which comes from a robust conception of religious freedom.

  • Hard work and flowering

    Brian Dijkema

    Bridget DePape's now (in)famous hissy fit in the upper chambers of our country's parliament did everything that such acts normally do: it got lots of media coverage, made her into a household name (at least among the geeks who follow politics), and landed her the admiration of that scion of thoughtful and incisive cultural criticism, Michael Moore.

  • Decadence and Decline

    Brian Dijkema

    . . . it has become fashionable in some quarters to question whether the rise of these nations will accompany the decline of American and European influence around the world. Perhaps, the argument goes, these nations represent the future, and the time for our leadership has passed. That argument is wrong.

  • The Social Network and Canadian Politics

    Brian Dijkema

    The key quote in this changing of loyalties comes when Eisenberg responds to his lawyer's suggestion that he must really hate the pair of establishment types who are suing him for all he's worth. His response describes in a nutshell the major conflict running throughout the film: . . . . . . . . . .

  • A liberal arts trade school?

    Brian Dijkema

    One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener's own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race. 

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