Mark Davidson teaches in the Law and Society program at Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy in Ontario. He has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Cardiff.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
When it comes to favourites, five is a lot. Bertram Gross's Friendly Fascism is definitely one of the greatest exposes of modern fascism. It shows how fascism can exist alongside basic human rights and 'democracy' so long as the people who make the decisions are shielded from the public. Sound familiar? Another book I like is Madame Bovary by Falubert, or similarly, any short story by Guy de Maupassant. Madame Bovary is a heart wrenching story about a woman who strives to live fully, but....I don't want to ruin the story for you so I'll stop. Maupassant wrote mostly short stories and they're super short but so so powerful. It's kinda like stepping into a boxing ring and just after the first bell rings you find yourself on the floor having been hit by a lightening fast punch. They always end badly, tragically, which is part of what the French Realists were trying to accomplish politically. They saw themselves as documenting the living conditions of the poor in their time and they did so with incredible detail. I also enjoy reading the collected speeches of Adolf Hitler. I'm Jewish, and proud to be Jewish, but when I read those speeches I get totally sucked in. He's was such an amazing speaker and writer, and it's clear if you read his speeches that our modern leaders have taken really good notes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love my job as an academic so much that what I read for work I consider pleasure reading. I enjoy reading anything that exposes the way people in power get away with harming others. Most of us don't realise how much harm our leaders' leaders are causing around the world and it's inspiring to read work by people who have put so much effort into exposing it. It's also an honour to be able to contribute to that body of work. It's humbling.
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Published: October 5, 2015.
Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
Remember the 'Emperor has no clothes' story? This book is like that story, but instead of confronting the emperor's naked body we're confronting the irrational fear of terrorism that has altered Canada's political culture. If your politics are shaped by your fear of terrorism, you're about to get....well, read the book.