Letters to the Editors

  • Letter

    We Are the Ones

    Dear UTA, When I saw Victoria Law’s article, “Protection Without Police: North American Community Responses to Violence in the 1970s and Today” in UTA 12 (conveniently on the back of the toilet of a sweet friend’s bathroom) I jumped for joy, or something like it. I’m a feminist nerd, so I…

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    No Raw Energy

    Dear UTA, It’s certainly the case that, in North America, the Right has been more successful than the Left in mobilizing and expanding its constituency in the wake of the current economic crisis. And clearly there’s a dimension of affective investment that’s crucial to understanding it’s app…

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    The Way Out of the Desert

    Dear UTA, In “The Right Desires: Their Base and Ours,” you laid out with stark clarity the situation we face with Right-wing populist movements in Canada, the US, and Europe. Progressive forces must engage in counter-recruitment; we must recognize the real anger and fear that motivates Right-win…

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    Religion and Disaffection

    Dear UTA, Your Editorial regarding the political magnetism of the right is a welcome conversation piece for a Left too often unable to grasp that political subjectivity is messy, contingent, and unpredictable, and evades the tidy categories of the secular. “The criticism of religion is the beginni…

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    Building Character

    Dear UTA, Recently, I sat in a comfortably soft chair in the large, open sanctuary of the Japanese Gospel Church of Toronto my grandparents’ church. They’d been attending this church for decades, ever since they’d come to Canada. I was there because it was the last service they would attend be…

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    Subjectivity, Normalization, and the New Enclosures

    Dear UTA, I was very pleased to read the interview with Ladelle McWhorter in UTA 11. Her stimulating work on bodies, power, and the effects of sexual, gendered, and racial difference is vital to understanding the ongoing (re)production of domination and the possibilities for resistance. McWhorter’...

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    Racism and Sexual Oppression Today

    Dear UTA, A central concern amongst critical queer and trans activists and academics over the past decade has been the increasing collusion of mainstream lesbian and gay organizations with racist forms of cultural representation and production, imperialism, state power, and economic injustice. It se…

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    The Black Bloc and the New Society

    Dear UTA, First and foremost, thank you for the contributions made in the editorial “Behind the Mask: Violence and Representational Politics” (UTA 11). In the midst of heavy criticism and dismissal both from within and outside movement circles, it was refreshing to read an article that was suppo…

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    Defending a Movement in Struggle

    Dear UTA, The editorial in UTA 11 provides a reasoned defence of the black bloc action during Toronto’s June 2010 protests against the G20 summit. Nonetheless, the points it raises suggest the need for a different course – one that can help provide effective defence of a movement locked in strug…

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    The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Bloc

    Dear UTA, I’d like to offer an historical corrective to one part of your editorial on the G20 protests. My hope is that a better analysis will lead to a more clear-eyed evaluation of the effectiveness of property destruction and summit activism than yours was able to support. The editorial claims…