Politics and its Discontents: ‘Paying’ For Their Crimes?

It doesn’t take a cynic to realize that justice can be anything other than even-handed. We all know, for example, that there is a disproportionate percentage of people populating North American jails who are from the underclass, both white and non-white. The ability to ‘buy’ justice by engaging high-priced counsel is reserved for only a ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Too Crooked to Fail

Matt Taibbi on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan show the other day talking about the systemic culture of corruption in the financial sector and how it’s rewarded and effectively encouraged by the American government. In his latest Rolling Stone article (which is a must read) Taibbi describes Bank of America as “a hypergluttonous ward of the state ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Stephen Harper Shows Corporate Tax Cuts at Work

On March 19, 2008, Stephen Harper posed for a photo-op at London’s Electro-Motive plant to showcase a $5-million federal tax break given to Caterpillar, the American buyers of the Canadian company. When Caterpillar, famous for union busting in the United States, amid record profits, wanted the employees to take a 50% pay cut and surrender their benefits, amazingly no new ...