Spring 2017 | Volume 35, Issue 1
Trust: Reweaving Our Social Fabric
This issue of Comment is dedicated to analyzing the social dynamics of trust from different angles and constructively considering how to reweave the web. Generating a diagnosis is important, so woven throughout this issue are multidisciplinary accounts that give us insight into the sources of our cynicism—from fake news to ubiquitous surveillance to the broken realities of racism.
Editorial: Teach Us (How) to Trust
Suspicion and cynicism play right into the hands of authoritarian demagogues. Let's consider another way forward.
An annotated reading of your world.
Headquarters: Faith in Canada 150
Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.
Liberal Democracy Has "Trust Issues"
Why civil society won't revive our trust in government.
Surveillance and Trust
When someone's always watching, someone's always suspicious.
Finding Trust in the Economy
Trust, like currency, can be debased. Knowing how to grow trust is the key to a thriving economy.
The Death of Expertise as a Decline of Trust
When we trust our feelings more than anything else, we stop trusting expert knowledge. And it could kill us.
Pluralism, Difference, and the Dynamics of Trust
What's the likelihood of living together if we can't even trust our neighbours?
Who Watches the Nudgers?
It's less about trusting government and more about governments being trustworthy.
Tocqueville and Twitter Feeds
Don't expect either social media or social science to save us; what we need is social theory.
The Commons: Explorations in Social Capital
The invisible power of trust.