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The Progressive Economics Forum: ‘Tis the Season to Rethink Our Charitable Giving

This op-ed by yours truly was published in The Province. The examples are BC-specific, but the message is much broader: donating to charity is not enough, we also have to change the status quo that forces so many people to turn to charity in a rich country like Canada.

It’s December, the season for . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: ‘Tis the Season to Rethink Our Charitable Giving

The Canadian Progressive: People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream

Kate Aronoff, a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia, argues that the recent People’s Climate March and Flood Wall Street protests made climate change “impossible for even the most mainstream of media to ignore.”

The post People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and Entertainment: To begin the process of democratizing the economy step 1 is to restore the banks to their status as public utilities

More at The Real News

This is Part 2 of a three part discussion with James K. Galbraith and Leo Panitch on whether any sort of New Deal is now possible in America. This segment crystallizes for me the difference between Keynesian reformers like Galbraith and Krugman, say, and revolutionaries like Panitch. Galbraith  continues to have faith in regulation and the government institutions that are capable of controlling economic and financial policies, claiming in effect it’s just a question of reform, of having the right personnel in those institutions and a reasonable government in power. Panitch recognizes that the problem isn’t a mere issue of personnel or government.  It’s a structural problem because these institutions are embedded in Wall Street, maintaining the financialization of the economy and undermining thereby a real industrial economy based on supply and demand. These institutions in fact serve Wall Street. 
What we need, Panitch argues – and I  could’t agree more – is to begin the process of aggressively democratizing the economy. The first step would be to restore banks to their status as public utilities, for it is the oligarchical control of banking corporations with their destructive neoliberal policies that is the root cause of all our social and economic malaise. 

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Politics and Entertainment: To begin the process of democratizing the economy step 1 is to restore the banks to their status as public utilities

More at The Real News

This is Part 2 of a three part discussion with James K. Galbraith and Leo Panitch on whether any sort of New Deal is now possible in America. This segment crystallizes for me the difference between Keynesian reformers like Galbraith and Krugman, say, and revolutionaries like Panitch. Galbraith  continues to have faith in regulation and the government institutions . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: To begin the process of democratizing the economy step 1 is to restore the banks to their status as public utilities

OPSEU Diablogue: Venture capitalist says middle class are job creators, not super rich

“In a capitalist economy the true job creators are middle class consumers,” says American venture capitalist Nick Hanauer. Delivering a “TED talk” earlier this year, Hanauer says “taxing the rich to make investments that make the middle class grow and thrive … Continue reading →

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tom Morello At Occupy Vancouver

Tom Morello happily inspiring those in attendance at Occupy Vancouver:

Pete Seeger doing the same at Columbus Circle in New York:

And if anyone ever asks you why people are angry with Wall Street in the first place, you can always begin with the simple phrase that happily fits into a soundbite, “The . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tom Morello At Occupy Vancouver

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tom Morello At Occupy Vancouver

Tom Morello happily inspiring those in attendance at Occupy Vancouver:Pete Seeger doing the same at Columbus Circle in New York:And if anyone ever asks you why people are angry with Wall Street in the first place, you can always begin with the simple p… . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tom Morello At Occupy Vancouver