colony, cultures.

i am taking a break from writing about identity politics in canada to think a bit about one of the original thinkers of canadian literature, ms. margaret atwood.

ms. atwood, i have a love-hate relationship with you. but, it is a love-hate-respect relationship, which is the best you could ask for.

let us suppose in short that canada is a colony. a partial definition of a colony is that it is a place from which a profit is made, but not by the people who live there: the major profit from a colony is made in the centre of the empire.

if canada is a collective victim, it should pay some attention to the ‘Basic Victim Positions’. these are like the basic positions in ballet or the scales on the piano: they are primary, though all kinds of song-and-dance variations on them are possible.

-m. atwood, survival


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