Adam Bunch is the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project and the author of the Toronto Dreams Project Historical Ephemera Blog. He writes a Toronto history column for Spacing Magazine and his work has also appeared in Torontoist, PopMatters and 24 Hours among other publications. He is a co-founder of the Little Red Umbrella blog. And he earned an honourable mention for a Governor General's History Award in 2012.
"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.
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