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The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot Tackles Neoliberalism’s Death Grip on the West

Neoliberalism has been the default operating system of western governments, Canada included, since it was ushered in during the Thatcher/Reagan/Mulroney era.

Justin Trudeau is a neoliberal as were his predecessors over the last three decades.  Canada remains in the clutches of neoliberalism and no one, no leader, no party is putting forward an alternative . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot Tackles Neoliberalism’s Death Grip on the West

The Disaffected Lib: The Liberal Order’s Obituary

Is the liberalism we have known all our lives a thing of the past? Have we entered a post-liberal era? John Gray, writing in The New Statesman, suggests as much but also examines what we need to do about it.

Accepting that this is a post-liberal moment does not imply that we should give . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Liberal Order’s Obituary

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Free Trade, CETA, TPP, and the US and Canadian Federal Elections: Some Critical Perspective

The following is critical to understand – for the people of Canada, the US, Europe and the world: “free trade” deals such those already signed (NAFTA), and those being pushed through with great secrecy now (CETA, TTIP and TPP), are agreements which grant supra-national powers to transnational corporations, powers over and above democratically elected governments, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Free Trade, CETA, TPP, and the US and Canadian Federal Elections: Some Critical Perspective

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The rise of Bitcoin: and the challenge to the global domination of big money

The following article was written on October 25. I wanted to read it over once more before publishing it, then got busy with other things and forgot about it. In the roughly six weeks that have passed since the writing of this article, the Bitcoin prices have gone from roughly $200 to over $700. There . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The rise of Bitcoin: and the challenge to the global domination of big money

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

The Disaffected Lib: Just When the Left Has Fallen Silent

Across North America, people need a strong voice from the Left more than they have at any time in the last half century.   America’s society is crumbling and Canada is inexorably drawn along in its wake.

In the United States we have witnessed the ascendancy of an imperial presidency, outside the law, above . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Just When the Left Has Fallen Silent

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The deeper reasons for the “war on drugs”

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Top Priorities of the 21st Century

If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Top Priorities of the 21st Century

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Go Back To Sleep America, At Your Own Peril

I never reprint other people’s writings, no matter how good – but I will make an exception for this. This article is a true must-read. Please, take the time to read it. Then act. Good morning America. It’s time for a new day. Kudos and warm thanks to Jill Dalton at recoveringarmybrat. I will definitely . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Go Back To Sleep America, At Your Own Peril

Writings of J. Todd Ring: BBC speechless as trader tells truth: “Collapse is coming… and Goldman Sachs rules the world”

Move your money now – put it into gold, silver, and if you can, more importantly, a piece of land that can feed your family, tools for self-reliance such as solar and wind energy, seeds and garden tools, a trailer, teepee, yurt or cottage, in cas… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: BBC speechless as trader tells truth: “Collapse is coming… and Goldman Sachs rules the world”

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has already become a global grassroots populist pro-democracy movement, if we have eyes to see, has clearly already won a broad and growing base of support. What is needed now, I believe, is to further clarify and… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

Paul S. Graham: David McNally on Global Crisis and Global Resistance

David McNally teaches political science at York University in Toronto and is active in many social justice movements in that city. On Sept. 24, 2011, McNally spoke at the Mondragon Bookstore and Coffee Shop as a featured presenter at Winnipeg Radical Bookfair and DYI Fest. His topic: Global Crisis – Global Resistance. Length: 60 minutes […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: David McNally on Global Crisis and Global Resistance

The Disaffected Lib: The Guardian’s Ominous Warning of Global Capitalism Collapse

It isn’t often you find apocalyptic tomes in business publications warning of the imminent demise of global capitalism but that seems to be changing.   Ten days ago the Wall Street Journal, in an interview with noted economist Nouriel Roubini… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Guardian’s Ominous Warning of Global Capitalism Collapse

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything? According to Barry Lynn of the New Am… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The system is broken: strategic voting, coalitions, and the political regime under which we live

While I can of course see the rationale for strategic voting, there is much to be said for voting with one’s conscience. When we consistently choose the lesser of two evils, our choices are reduced to evil, and the results are evil. When everyone hol… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The system is broken: strategic voting, coalitions, and the political regime under which we live

We are all in this together…

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert SchweitzerWell life has a way of p… . . . → Read More: We are all in this together…

Lost in the translation

The problem with communication …is the illusion that it has been accomplished. George Bernard ShawIt seems that in order to live in this world communication has become one of the most important things. We get bombarded with information…and it see… . . . → Read More: Lost in the translation