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Susan on the Soapbox: Excuse me, your ideology is showing

When conservative politicians run out of meaningful things to say about Alberta’s NDP government they whip out the “ideology” card and last week’s debate featuring candidates vying for the seat left vacant by Jim “all-or-nothing” Prentice was no exception.

The Wildrose candidate, Prasad Panda, accused the NDP of carrying out “risky ideological experiments”. The Tory . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Excuse me, your ideology is showing

Parchment in the Fire: Growth, what growth? Thatcherism fails to produce the goods | Business | The Guardian

Growth, what growth? Thatcherism fails to produce the goods | Business | The Guardian.

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Margaret Thatcher’s policies of privatisation, light-touch regulation and low income tax failed to boost growth, according to a new study that casts doubt on the merits of free market economies.

In a wide-ranging analysis of Britain’s performance in . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Growth, what growth? Thatcherism fails to produce the goods | Business | The Guardian

Molly'sBlog: A Freer Market

A FREE-ER MARKET       One of the perpetual myths of our so-called capitalist society is that we have the closest approach to a “free market”, and that this is all to the good as it connects with our other freedoms. Is this true ? Certainly some like the left libertarians who are in favour of an . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: A Freer Market

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

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The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

Don Lenihan has a must-read column up today, on how centralization of power to the Prime Minister’s office over the past several decades has atrophied the connection Canadians — especially youth — had with our government, and what he believes this could mean for Canada’s system of democracy:

In the early 1970s, the Trudeau government . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Has Centralization of Power to the PMO Put Canadian Democracy on Life Support?

DeSmogBlog: Republican Claims About Gas Prices Demonstrate Lack Of Knowledge About “Free Market”

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As the national average for gas prices pushes closer and closer towards $4 a gallon, Republicans have wasted no time in attempting to convince the public that President Obama and his “hostility” towards the oil industry is the reason we’re feeling the squeeze at the pump.

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