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On Ideal Theories

Heidi Deddens
Heidi Deddens is the managing editor of Comment magazine. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on English Literature from Trinity Western University, where she was managing editor of the university's literary journal. Born and raised in Western Canada, she now lives in Ottawa.

“I can sense today in myself, and in many people around me, a powerful feeling of disillusionment . . . with the stories the country has grown used to telling about itself.” Yet this isn’t a sign of pessimism or despair, Jon Baskin writes, but rather a healthy recognition that “ideal theories” of politics often obscure the reality of things.