There is no political rocket science to the Oct. 19th election result. Even with our slanted first-past-the-post system, it would have been difficult for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to squeak out a parliamentary majority, or even minority, given that more than two-thirds of the population wanted him out.
If vague notions of change played the lead . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Canada missed the memo: it’s OK to talk about inequality and capitalism
Anderson Anderson Architecture has built a classroom in Hawaii that generates more energy than it consumes, making what they call a “energy positive” building. The term “energy positive” is being encouraged to replace “net zero” as the benchmark for environmental consciousness in architecture.
The classroom does use roof solar panels to generate energy, though . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: This Classroom Makes More Energy Than it Consumes
Mark Blyth: The Return Of Class Politics In The UK.
For David Cameron, cutting spending in a highly unequal society works because it doesn’t affect those who matter to him. This used to be called class politics.
The prime minister’s speech at the lord mayor’s banquet last year was notable in part because . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Mark Blyth: The Return Of Class Politics In The UK
I’ve been posting more sparsely lately for a number of external reasons but this should change soon I hope. For now, here is the first major piece I wrote for Ricochet. In some ways, it’s the obligatory piece on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but really it’s my way of trying to think . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The lament for Canada’s middle class
Two very interesting articles about police conduct came out this week, particularly interesting if you juxtapose them.
Ferguson and the cult of compliance
In cases that seem very different, separated by factors such as age, race, gender, sexuality, geography, class and ability, police explain away their actions by citing noncompliance. They do it because it . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Protecting the Public Trust? – Intersectional Analysis of Police Behaviour
EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests | Global Research.
Experts at a European Union (EU) think-tank are demanding that the EU prepare to put down strikes and protests with military force. Due to the deepening social inequality in a globalised economy and growing military conflicts within the EU’s borders, such . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests | Global Research
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Things I realize after getting many hater-comments and trolls: 1) The world is not ready for Critical Race Theory or talking about the process of “Whiteness” and “racialization”. I thought […]
Looking at the prevalence of strikes in the US over the past six decades, Doug Henwood writes,
Second Amendment fetishism aside, there’s an old saying that the working class’s ultimate weapon is withholding labor through slowdowns and strikes. By that measure, the U.S. working class has been effectively disarmed since the 1980s.
Doug then produces . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Working class disarmed, Canadian redux
Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape – NYTimes.com.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — At 7 in the morning, they are already lined up — poultry plant workers, housekeepers, discount store clerks — to ask for help paying their heating bills or feeding their families.
And once Metropolitan . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape – NYTimes.com
Britain’s five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Business | The Guardian.
The scale of Britain’s growing inequality is revealed by a report from a leading charity showing that the country’s five richest families now own more wealth than the poorest 20% of the population.
Oxfam urged the chancellor George . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Britain’s five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Business | The Guardian