- Drawn from over 500 of the author's newspaper columns (mostly from the Toronto Star), Just Causes represents the best articles of one NDPer's journey through the Mulroney-Reagan-Bush years. Divided into thematic groupings, the essays deal with such issues as Canadian-American relations, Canadian foreign and cultural policy, and the rise to power of provincial NDP governments. In his last column (March 1993), Caplan observes that "with the victories of Reaganism and Thatcherism -- the true radicalism of our time -- even those small steps towards a moderately more decent society were unceremoniously reversed.... The pursuit of a more just and equal society can't be the most ignoble way to live our lives."
GERALD CAPLAN has distinguished himself as federal secretary of the NDP, as co-chair of the Federal Task Force on Broadcasting Policy, as the co-chair of Ontario's Royal Commission on Learning, and as a political commentator on Canada AM.
Published: October 1993
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.