I’m not “progressive”. I’m left-wing.

Today is International Workers Day, or in more common parlance, May Day.
Today we celebrate those that gave us the eight-hour work day, the five day work week, the end of child labour, and the other foundations of the modern welfare state.

Today we celebrate workers.
And starting today, I am no longer going to call myself a “progressive”. I’m a democratic socialist.

For a long time now, I’ve felt obliged to describe my beliefs in a less specifically ideological fashion, by using the term progressive. In the past little while, I’ve started to re-evaluate what the word really means.

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Changing Hearts and Minds

Many people think that to be a great leader, you must be universally adored right from the beginning.

While first impressions are undeniably important, a skill that is not talked about often enough is one that is absolutely integral to bringing about justice, equality, and the kind of change we want to see in our societies and in the world:

The ability to change hearts and minds.

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