Donald Hughes

Contact: You can email me at: donald /at/ donaldhughes /dot/ ca

Podcast: You Can't Win with my friend Tom. Our podcast features laid back chats about the traps and scams that we try to avoid, both in our thinking and in our everyday lives. Please subscribe to the Patreon if you enjoy the show.

Background: I was born in Oshawa (Canada) and have lived most of my life in the corridor along Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. I have an economics degree and a masters in legal theory.

Writing: Other than short jokes on Twitter at @getfiscal I have also written a number of articles about politics.

I write little movie reviews of everything I watch at  Letterboxd.

I track every book I complete at Goodreads.


Archive available here:

Help Jacobin Hire a Rising Star of Journalism - May 3, 2023.

The Don Gives 2021 a Barely Passing Grade - December 31, 2021.

Jacobin does Crime humour article in Fall 2021 print issue.

#JacobinPitches humour article in Spring 2021 print issue.

Your Quarterly Horoscope humour article in the Fall 2020 print issue (No. 39 Failure is an Option).

#JacobinPitches in the Winter 2020 print issue (No. 36 Political Revolution).

Our Anger at Rising Housing Costs Is Not Misplaced -  January 14, 2020.

Harper's Magazine:

Archive available here:

The Philanthropist's Lonely Path - A wealthy man bravely defends his choice of charities - February 10, 2020.

Revolution to the End? - A guide to the Democratic presidential hopefuls - July 31, 2019.

Economics for a Fried Planet - How to turn the climate collapse into retirement bliss - May 15, 2019.

An Unprecedented Twist - A plan for supplementary gruel must be rejected - February 22, 2019.

The Revolution's Elusive Messiah - A plea to the left to reconsider efforts focused on "the greater good" - December 21, 2018.

The View from Bay Street - Profit rolls into Canada's capital, but at what cost? - November 15, 2018.

The Burden of Power - The mayor of Margaret's Cove addresses the public slander against him - October 12, 2018.

...of what use was the rule? - On the Chapo Guide to Revolution - August 23, 2018.

The Festivals of Full Communism - The fate of fêtes: practical proposals for post-revolution jubilees - August 8, 2018.

Reasons to be Cheerful - Man's inhumanity to man getting you down? Don't be afraid to check the clock - June 26, 2018.

More Dontent:

Is populism the future of the left? - The Outline - September 18, 2018.