Is corruption endemic in the political and economic classes? I joined TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, to discuss the extent and potential remedies to corruption in Canada’s public institutions. . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: A Culture of Corruption?
Assorted content to end your week.- Murray Dobbin is hopeful that we may be seeing corporate globalization based on unquestioned neoliberal ideology come to an end: There is no definitive way to identify when an ideology begins to lose its grip on the… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than half … . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Huffington Post: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron
The Panama Papers starkly revealed that Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have become the venues of choice for the anonymous corporations that facilitate tax evasion, organised crime, and terrorist financing. Indeed, more than ha… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: An Open Letter from the World’s MPs to David Cameron
This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Tom Parkin writes about the growing divide between the lucky few who are siphoning wealth out of Canada, and the mass of people facing a precarious economic future. – PressProgress highlights much the same disti… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
Human rights activist and author Craig Murray wonders why, for the western corporate media, the Panama leak is all about Russian president Vladimir Putin. “Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism,” he says. The post Corporate Media Gateke… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak
This and that for your Thursday reading.- Nick Bunker points out that there’s much more to an economic recovery than nominal GDP – with labour’s share of growth serving as a particularly important indicator as to whether anybody is benefitting beyond t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Assorted content for your weekend reading.- The Star-Phoenix calls for Saskatchewan’s election campaign to focus on the future rather than the past. And Paul Orlowski reminds us of the continued callous corporatism that’s in store if Brad Wall holds on… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
A regular reader provided this comment to the preceding article. Hugh explains that the capture of BC’s public utility by selfish profiteers was a carefully considered manoeuvre. In the end, it will have given billions of dollars to Liberal friends and… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Reader comment on BC Clean Energy Act
Here, pointing out that the Global Transportation Hub land flipping scandal highlights Brad Wall’s consistent willingness to hand out free money to business cronies – contrasted against his fight to avoid funding basic services like health and educatio… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
The Nazi were SOCIALISTS!!!! After all the name of their political Party was the National Socialist Party (or there abouts) blah blah blah,… This is the one of the favorite mindless talking point I hear from RWNJs who have never crack a history… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: RWNJ Revisionist History 101 = The Nazi Were Socialist
My oldest and bestest of friends (deal with it Mark) is back Blogging, you need to check out his blog, he just started it and needs readers. So head on over to Korptopia . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: URMURGURD – He’s Back Blogging TOO!!! Mark Francis (aka Section 15)
They call themselves “Life was Better Under Stephen Harper” and really are nothing more than Ezra Levant – The Rebel Media – regurgitation crew. Yup, you will normally first see Ezra make something up, and then these little peons will puke it up on their own page,… I said normally, but occasionally these pea brains try to do it on their own and fall flat on their faces. Lets watch them as
Being at the table during deliberations on war, peace, and the fate of nations was an extraordinary experience. I remember seeing the Berlin Wall fall, and hoping that the age of global warfare might be over. That moment now feels far away. We are clearly facing terrible risks, and it will take great statesmanship to avoid the abyss. I advised the alliance on its strategy in Ukraine and Afghanistan.
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Joseph Heath discusses how the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal fits into a particular type of corporate culture: (W)hen the Deepwater Horizon tragedy occurred, or now the VW scandal, it was hardly surprising to people who follow these things. Certain industries essentially harbour and reproducing deviant subcultures. This is one of the reasons that much of the best work on white collar crime has been inspired by, and draws upon, work in juvenile delinquency. Whereas delinquents tend to exist in subcultures that reproduce deviant attitudes toward authority, many corporations reproduce subcultures that promote organized resistance (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Paul Weinberg discusses the need to focus on inequality in Canada’s federal election, while Scott Deveau and Jeremy Van Loon take note of the fact that increased tax revenue is on the table. The Star’s editorial board weighs in on the NDP’s sound and progressive fiscal plan. And Matthew Yglesias includes the rise of the NDP as part of the growth of a new, international progressive movement.
- Rank and File interviews Michael Butler about the privatization of health care in Saskatchewan, as well as the role of the federal government in (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Michal Rozworski calls for the election to include far more discussion as to who benefits from our economy as it’s designed, and who gets left behind. Michael Wilson examines how Canada’s economy has become far less equal over the past few decades. And Michelle Zilio talks to Munir Sheikh about the “made in Canada recession” under the Harper Cons, as a rare divergence between Canada and the rest of the world is seeing us headed in the wrong direction even as the U.S. and other developed countries do relatively well.
- Joanna (Read more…)
Stephen Harper plays chess: Sources say Conservative planners did factor in testimony by Wright and Harper’s former legal counsel Perrin. Once the testimony was over, they calculated, the sting would fade, and those voters who were inclined to believe Harper’s version would continue to do so. Those who never believed him would never vote for him anyway.
Just one problem with his strategy: The vast majority of Canadians do not believe Stephen Harper is telling the truth about the Mike Duffy Senate expenses scandal, a new poll has found. Some 56 per cent of respondents do not think (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- Althia Raj, Karl Nerenberg, Tim Harper, Jennifer Ditchburn and Kristy Kirkup, Lee Berthiaume and Jason Fekete, PressProgress and CTV News all point out some of the more noteworthy aspects of Nigel Wright’s testimony in Mike Duffy’s trial (along with the large amount of material brought to light as a result). Frank Koller observes that we should be insulted by Wright’s belief that full cover-ups can be bought, while Sandy Garossino highlights how quickly Wright’s talking points fell apart once they were subject to meaningful scrutiny. The Star, (Read more…)
Yes, Paul McLeod’s report that Stephen Harper will go through a three-month election period without meeting a single person who hasn’t been previously vetted by partisan operatives is pretty much the logical extension of the Harper Cons’ attitude toward the public. But it’s worth offering a reminder how that relates to the flood of propaganda going in the other direction.
Any place in Stephen Harper’s campaign – or any consideration by his government – is by invitation only.
The few people who receive personal invitations due to their perceived political value – the Carsons and Duffys, Porters and Del Mastros (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Jeffrey Sachs writes about the need to shape a more moral, less exploitative economy. So needless to say, the Cons are instead working on promoting corruption.
- Mark Weisbrot discusses how the Troika’s attempt to impose continued austerity on Greece in the face of public resistance can’t be seen as much more than an attempt at coercive regime change. And John Nichols reports on just a few of the voices rightly lauding the refusal of Greece’s electorate to go along with that plan.
- Scott Eric Kaufman talks to Erik Loomis about (Read more…)