What strikes me about hurricanes in The Bahamas is the one glaring fact that we tend to obscure while we are praying to be spared or engaging in rescue and clean-up: that the modern Bahamas fares better in hurricanes than almost any other territory on the planet.Read more "Irma: a meditation on hurricanes and The Bahamas"
Late last night, my husband Philip came out of his study and said: “I don’t know how true this is, but they are reporting on Facebook that Larry Smith has died.” I have to confess. I didn’t check Facebook. I couldn’t. This was news for which I was totally unprepared, and for which I was […]Read more "Columnist Larry Smith dies age 67 | The Tribune"
Elections are over. The Bahamian people have voted, and the vote was historic. It’s not just that it was the cleanest sweep ever in the history of party politics in our nation. It’s not just that for the first time since 2002 that any governing party has been elected by a simple majority of the […]Read more "The day after the day after"
Under one week and counting. Advance polls opened (late and chaotic) yesterday. And the question is, who’s going to win the election? Now I’ve gone on record saying that I don’t believe that it really matters; that none of the parties and few of the candidates who are contesting seats in this election have demonstrated to my satisfaction […]Read more "Counting Down to the Ballot"
We live in a democracy. It’s not perfect, but we adhere to certain fundamental principles. Like this one: individuals are entitled, even encouraged, to hold widely divergent views. The vigourous debate of those views extends and enriches democratic life. Unfortunately, we tend to avoid that kind of debate. Rather than engaging with opposing ideas, fighting […]Read more "Democracy, ritual, responsibility, and … (yep) spoiling the ballot, giddily"
I accept that the twenty-first century is a century of revolution. That our print-based, elites-centred models of representative democracy have run their historical course. That the model of society which gives a small group the exclusive right to rule over a large one, with minimal checks and balances which can be activated by the large group, needs to be re-examined and remodelled. That the tools we now have at our disposal—tools for public education and public participation—have opened the door for more participatory forms of governance, and that we must move with the world in that direction.
And so this election, I do not consent to participate in this old, flawed model. I know it’s a crazy idea. I know it’s illogical. But I don’t believe it’s wrong.Read more "Spoiling the Ballot: Spreading the Revolution"
People ask me the same questions again and again. Why go out of your way to spoil the ballot—why not stay home/go to the beach? What is spoiling the ballot going to achieve? Why aren’t you looking at the candidates on offer and considering voting for a person rather than a party? If you’re so […]Read more "Seeding the Revolution: Methods & Madness"