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Alberta Politics: If Donald Trump won’t knuckle under, could he face an American ‘Colour Revolution’?

PHOTOS: One of many anti-Trump rallies in the United States in the past few days (from Facebook). Below: U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, U.S. Senator John McCain and Julius Caesar. It would be an irony if the troubles the United States has visited on much of the earth were now . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If Donald Trump won’t knuckle under, could he face an American ‘Colour Revolution’?

Montreal Simon: The Greedy One Percent and the Moral Message of Bernie Sanders

I remember seeing a lot of signs like those one during the heady days of the Occupy movement.Back in the days when everything seemed possible, and it looked like the beginning of a revolution.But of course it didn't happen, the movement was brutall… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Greedy One Percent and the Moral Message of Bernie Sanders

The Canadian Progressive: Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station

The Occupy movement has partnered with FilmOn Networks to create a free 24/7 Online “TV for the 99” television outlet for news, evidence, and commentary.

The post Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics, Re-Spun: If the 1% Has Russell Brand Killed…

If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident.

Why?

He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence.

Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]:

His brain works twice as fast as most . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: If the 1% Has Russell Brand Killed…

wmtc: hedges: "when harper passes right-to-work, you must go on a massive general strike, or you’re finished"

Last night, I heard author, journalist, and activist Chris Hedges speak at the Bloor Street United Church in Toronto, sponsored by the excellent Canadian Dimension.

Hedges is a radical intellectual, in the Chomsky vein, also compassionate and fearless, in the mode of Howard Zinn. He touched on many subjects – and credited the work and . . . → Read More: wmtc: hedges: "when harper passes right-to-work, you must go on a massive general strike, or you’re finished"

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Corcoran Misses The Point On Income Disparity

On CBC’s “The House” this weekend, I heard an interview with the Financial Post’s Terrance Corcoran, in which he was basically poo-pooing the very real issue of the growing disparity between Canada’s top earners and the rest of Canadians.  He made a comparison between a pensioner pulling in $20,000 a year and an executive making . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Corcoran Misses The Point On Income Disparity

Politics, Re-Spun: The 1%, Their Cottages, and the Occupy Movement

You aren’t middle class if you own a cottage. Remember that.

If I need to single-handedly reboot the Occupy Movement for this one, I’ll do it, I tell ya [emphasis is mine]:

A month ago, I had a conversation with Deb Hutton, wife of PC leader Tim Hudak, who said the chances of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The 1%, Their Cottages, and the Occupy Movement

Politics, Re-Spun: Why Do They Want Us To Shut Up?

If we were harmless, the riot cops would stay home.

It’s Friday. It’s been a long week. Like most weeks. We are taught to fit in and obey.

We are told that individuality and the search for social justice will get us in trouble, either by government surveillance or social ostracism.

We speak . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Why Do They Want Us To Shut Up?

Politics, Re-Spun: Class War: US$11.5 Trillion Hidden in Tax Havens

Which tax haven is right for you?

Class war is alive and well.

I have this rose-coloured, nostalgic dream of history. Once upon a time we emerged from feudalism with a democratic revolution. All were equal. Well, most.

But the hope of democracy was to rid the world of the despot rule of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Class War: US$11.5 Trillion Hidden in Tax Havens

The Canadian Progressive: Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

By: Center for Media and Democracy | Press Release: MADISON, WI – May 20 – DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy today released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.” The report, a distillation . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide

wmtc: are we seeing the beginning of global people’s revolution?

“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear…”

This week, I attended a talk put on by the International Socialists, featuring an organizer with OUR Walmart, by Skype from Texas, and a Toronto-based union activist. Both speakers were terrific and so inspiring, but although I took copious notes, I’m not posting a summary . . . → Read More: wmtc: are we seeing the beginning of global people’s revolution?

The Progressive Economics Forum: Why The Income Inequality Deniers Are Wrong

This article was published in an abridged form today in the National Post. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/12/21/armine-yalnizyan-sorry-andrew-coyne-but-income-inequality-is-a-real-problem/ I like this opening better so I posted it here.

You couldn’t have made it through 2012 without running into a story about income inequality. Chances are, it made you think about how you fit into the story. That’s “entirely constructive”, . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Why The Income Inequality Deniers Are Wrong

wmtc: more signs of life in the labour movement: non-union workers rising

Of all the reasons for hope that we’ve seen in recent times – Wisconsin, the Occupy Movement, the Quebec students’ actions, the Chicago teachers’ strike – this trend gives me the most joy and the most hope. Here are three stories of non-unionized workers organizing themselves to change conditions in their own workplaces.

In September, . . . → Read More: wmtc: more signs of life in the labour movement: non-union workers rising

wmtc: from greece to chicago to toronto, workers fighting back against austerity

Working my way backwards, this the second of four talks I attended that I’ll be reporting on.

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In November, I heard Nikos Loudos of the Socialist Workers Party in Greece (by Skype) and Canadian activist and organizer Carolyn Egan speak about the recent general strike in Europe, and the fight . . . → Read More: wmtc: from greece to chicago to toronto, workers fighting back against austerity

wmtc: rtod: i ain’t marching (to the u.s. polls) anymore

I spent the summer and fall of 2004 working on a Get Out The Vote campaign for the Democrats, not because they were my party of choice, but because I was angry at the prospect of another stolen election, and I wanted to make a difference in the popular vote numbers. After that election . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: i ain’t marching (to the u.s. polls) anymore

Politics, Re-Spun: So Did YOU Get a 3% Raise Last Year?

So, did you get a 3% raise last year? The average Canadian did. See the first chart below.

If not, you’re behind the average Canadian. And even with a small offset of increased hours worked going up by only 1% for the 12 months ending last June, at worst, the average Canadian saw a 2% . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: So Did YOU Get a 3% Raise Last Year?

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Quebec Students

It's been almost a year since the Occupy Wall Street movement was born, and in this very gloomy article Gerald Caplan wonders where it went.

It flashed through our lives like a comet in the sky, illuminating the most insidious development of our time. Then just as suddenly it flamed out and died. Or . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Quebec Students

wmtc: why is "entitled" a dirty word? some thoughts on what we are all entitled to.

When did “entitled” become a dirty word? Why do we hear “entitled” being used as catch-all slur, a derogatory description to be thrown at progressive people working for change? And why should we permit this word to retain such a heavily negative connotation?

Here are some people I have seen called entitled in this negative . . . → Read More: wmtc: why is "entitled" a dirty word? some thoughts on what we are all entitled to.

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Movement Call for Global Day of Action: Chalkupy the World!

via Occupy Los Angeles:

On July 12th, participants in OccupyLA met to raise awareness for unlawful arrests of activists that had been targeting a lobby group with a stranglehold on power over local and state politics. The activists handed out chalk and shared the story of unlawful arrests and police repression. The LAPD responded by . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Movement Call for Global Day of Action: Chalkupy the World!

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

It was such an awesome sight. Tens of thousands of people marching through the street on a muggy Montreal afternoon.

To show their support for the student movement, denounce a fascist bill.

And show Jean Charest and his corrupt government that they are still THERE. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Occupy Movement

Bill Longstaff: The Tea Party outperforms the Occupy Movement

The financial and economic collapse of 2008 in the United States precipitated two “revolutionary” movements: one on the right, the Tea Party, and one on the left, the Occupy Movement. If we now ask what each has accomplished, the answers are straightforward: the Tea Party a great deal, the Occupy Movement not much.

Both did . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The Tea Party outperforms the Occupy Movement

Progressive Proselytizing: A more realistic approach to limiting the influence of money in politics

Cenk Ugyur, host of the popular The Young Turks (a progressive, internet-based US politics show), frequently like to deride the pervasive and damaging influence of Big Money in US politics, especially in the post-Citizens United era. He is right to do so for this is, indeed, among the most corrupting influences in our . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: A more realistic approach to limiting the influence of money in politics

The Disaffected Lib: The Disaffected Lib 2012-06-07 11:58:00

An article from Reuters asks “Can Occupy Wall Street Survive?”

“More than eight months after Occupy Wall Street burst onto the global stage, decrying income inequality and coining the phrase “We are the 99 percent,” the movement’s survival and continued relevance is far from assured. Donations to the flagship New York chapter have slowed to . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Disaffected Lib 2012-06-07 11:58:00

wmtc: viral video too good to be true: the frankfurt police did not join the demo

The photo is real. The interpretation, unfortunately, was not.

Police in Frankfurt, Germany, did indeed remove their helmets, and they were walking ahead of Occupy protesters. However, they were not escorting, they were using a blocking technique similar to kettling. They also arrested hundreds of people who were peacefully demonstrating, and bashed a few heads . . . → Read More: wmtc: viral video too good to be true: the frankfurt police did not join the demo

wmtc: german police recognize that they are part of the 99%, take off helmets, escort protesters

This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a very long time.

The German police took off their helmets and marched with the protest clearing the way for them.

. . . . German police officers escort an anti-capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, . . . → Read More: wmtc: german police recognize that they are part of the 99%, take off helmets, escort protesters