Price Tags editors Ken Ohrn and Colin Stein are sharing their personal slates and selection rationales. See Ken’s here.
All things being equal, my Vancouver election slate won’t influence too many Price Tags readers; if you’re an urbanism pleasure-reader and vote in this city, you’ve likely already taken the time to inform yourself sufficiently.
Instead, you may be curious to know what a slate says about voting considerations of one particular demographic.
In my case, a well-represented demographic — white, Gen-X cis male, single family home-owner, with one spouse and two children. I may be among the last of a generation to be able to uncritically maintain this persona and lifestyle while simultaneously having the opportunity to participate in a social change movement that is predominantly about changing the very power dynamics that enabled my unconscious empowerment in the first place.
In trying to make the right choices, let alone explain them, I first had to recognize and acknowledge that my position, and all the power, rights and privileges it gives me, has come at a cost to others in society — almost directly traceable to the decisions of people who look, and live, just like me. To think otherwise, I believe, would be self-serving and irresponsible.
This imbalance is driven by history, but still framed by present-day policies, and this political imbalance must be corrected. The only way to do this is to use some of my power to give more to others, to not only use my vote wisely, but to telegraph these choices to those around me. So perhaps my choices may still influence you, but if not, at least you’ll know a bit more about the change some of my demographic slice fully support. Read more »