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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

Schitt’s Creek II: The Roses of Rideau Hall is the reality show the world needs

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The Canadian comedy that just swept the Emmys can’t possibly stop now. Here’s a suggestion.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The requirements of political success haven’t changed so drastically that unelectability and disqualifying behaviour have been completely redefined. But these aren’t normal times.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The murderous destruction of an American landmark on live television on Sept. 11, 2001, set the stage for a new, more dramatic form of psychological warfare.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As America is predictably besieged by pre-election chaos, the consequences for humanity in the weaponization of Donald Trump could not be higher.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As an America under assault by corruption and complicity faces the hijacking of its democracy by a reality-show host, some voices of eloquent protest are notable for their absence.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The ballot question in the 2020 United States presidential election is democracy versus authoritarianism. Of course, Kamala Harris’ birth certificate has become an issue.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As Donald Trump attacks all the narrative inputs of a free and fair election—from the U.S. Postal Service to the longstanding expectation of a peaceful transition of power—history offers some lessons.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As Beijing has reminded us repeatedly lately, Joe McCarthy gave McCarthyism a bad name. Problem solved!
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Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
John Lewis embodied a form of resistance that changed history, and a relationship to power that makes today’s so-called ‘strongmen’ look weak.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Our previously unthinkable, pandemic-besieged moment is a good time to revisit Saint-Exupéry’s humanist epic.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The dock may be outside your isolation perimeter and the barbecue could set your mask on fire, but at least we’re still a democracy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump’s relationship with China is not a great power competition: He’s a propaganda generator, not a geopolitical adversary.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
It may say as much about Donald Trump as it does about God that some of his fiercest critics these days are leaders of faith.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Authoritarians love to leverage security, and Donald Trump would rather run against anarchy than against Joe Biden.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The reality show president is playing ringmaster to the exploitation of Black outrage in a pre-election chaos narrative only he could front.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Inevitability used to be a campaign strategy; now it’s a narrative cudgel.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Amid an escalation of covert warfare tactics changing the global balance of power, perhaps Western intelligence agencies could start counter-operating.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
You'll have to watch Tiger King yourself.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Remember that bit you used to do in the 90s about being trapped in an elevator with Donald Trump? It’s not funny anymore.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Since Benjamin Netanyahu is extremely busy staying out of jail, here’s a quick solution to the problem he thinks has been solved but hasn’t.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Canadians are grieving compounded tragedies this week. Unbelievably enough, one man proves things could be worse.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Whatever we’re living through now, chances are Queen Elizabeth has seen worse. Which makes her perspective priceless.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Hunkering down amid a global pandemic whose containability depends on your latitude, longitude, and head of government requires mad adaptation skills.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump has called himself a wartime president. The question is: whose side is he on?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Working from home is not for amateurs. It requires a knack for troubleshooting and a few handy props.
In a year when American voters are longing for both change and normalcy, electability trumps all other arguments.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the world faces a pandemic, a dubiously performative president of the United States sets the stage.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The man who lost to the woman who lost to Donald Trump is now the one delivering all the previously unthinkables.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
There’s a new favourite word to add to our expanding lexicon of Orwellian, new world order gibberish.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
For which babies boiled and fricasseed provide both inspiration and a cautionary tale. With thanks and apologies to J. Swift.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The 2020 U.S. presidential campaign is already giving the relentless dumpster fire of 2016 a run for its lunacy.

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