David Moscrop

David Moscrop is a political scientist and a writer. He’s currently working on a book about why we make bad political decisions and how we can make better ones. He’s at @david_moscrop on Twitter. He lives in Vancouver.
Flareups are seen from the Christie Mountain wildfire along Skaha Lake in Penticton, B.C. on August 20, 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)
Books

A new book calls on Canadians to mobilize for the climate crisis like World War II

In Seth Klein’s newly released book, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, he presents a comprehensive climate action plan that requires Canadians to act as if they’re off to war
Donald Trump's West Wing advisers and campaign aides have grown increasingly concerned about his reelection chances as they've watched his standing take a pummelling first on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and now during a nationwide wave of protests against racial injustice. (Patrick Semansky/AP/CP)
Opinion

How can the U.S. hold a free and fair election?

David Moscrop: The U.S. could lean into postal voting, which is far safer than its in-person variant. But of course President Trump opposes that.
In this Apr. 16, 2020 President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP/CP)
Opinion

Is Donald Trump a fascist?

David Moscrop: For now, we can say that Donald Trump is enough of a fascist to raise serious concerns warranting a significant and coordinated response from inside and outside of U.S.
In this Mar. 27, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP/CP)
Opinion

Can democracy survive the coronavirus?

Dave Moscrop: Our practices and institutions are stable and functional—until they’re not
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Opinion

The need for protest

David Moscrop: When resistance to the current order arises, citizens are put to the test. We are forced to reveal our allegiances. What do we think is right and just?
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Opinion

The permanent campaign: U.S. versus Canada

David Moscrop: If American elections were run under Canadian rules, would it make a difference in the quality or outcome of their races?
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Opinion

The answer to Justin Trudeau’s Western cabinet problem

David Moscrop: Appointing a single senator to cabinet from Alberta is a simple, elegant and partial solution to the glaring regional representation gap
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Politics

Power half the time rather than power all the time

Will the Liberals be able to live with themselves if they lose the popular vote, but form government? History suggests they’ll be fine.
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Facebook Instant Articles

Why public ’shaming’ is a necessary part of democracy

David Moscrop: What’s on the line when someone in whom public trust is placed fails to react appropriately to shame?
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Canada

The final mad scramble to deliver on Team Trudeau’s big promises

The next three weeks in Parliament will determine whether the campaign trail is an open road for the Liberals, or a boulevard of broken dreams