One of our most important freedoms is our ability to choose our actions. But our actions depend upon our emotions. To the extent that we allow our emotions to be manipulated by what we see and read in the media we are less free. This subtle manipulation is often through emotionally laden words that evoke strong feelings.
There is so much in the media (especially social media) that impairs our ability to think critically about important issues. I want to encourage more analysis of facts and less emotional reaction by offering my explanation of the less than obvious issues as I see them. You may agree or disagree, but hopefully you will at least think about the issues rather than merely having strong feelings about them.
“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory but progress.” Karl Popper.
I am a retired litigation lawyer with over 40 years of experience in human rights, constitutional, environmental and energy issues. I have appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in every province of Canada. I have been invited as a guest lecturer at almost all of the law schools in Canada. I am also the author of over 100 legal articles and a law book, and have been an adjunct faculty member at four Canadian law schools.