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Politics and Entertainment: James K. Galbraith: Inequality and Instability

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Politics and Entertainment: My Take-Away from the System Change Initiative

There are of course many different but complementary take-aways  from the Council of Canadians System Change Initiative:  systemchange.ca.  This is a summary of what seems salient if not crucial to me: Global Warming is caused by unsustainable economic production in the material world, a process that has been driven by an abundance of energy, the main component of which is ...

Politics and Entertainment: Some Canadians are snoozing while Harper continues his destructive crusade through democracy, the environment, and the Canadian economy; but not all

As Susan Riley suggests in the Citizen today, most Canadians are snoozing through President Harper’s vicious assault on democracy, the environment, and, more noticeably recently, the Canadians economy.  If you’ve read any of my other posts here about the Harper Regime’s extraordinary misspending and misguided attempts to manage the economy – which are the real reasons we ...

Politics and Entertainment: Well-educated Cardiologists Don’t Know Everything about the Occupy Movement

Had a debate with a well-educated cardiologist this morning who said the occupy movement is missing a political opportunity because it doesn’t have a single focused message.  How many times have I heard that, and how many times have I answered that the occupy movement is not a conventional protest movement.  It’s sloppy democracy in ...

Politics and Entertainment: We Do Have a Moral Licence to Resist the Dictates of Harper Regime

McQuaig: Occupy moves us into a new era – thestar.com Linda McQuaig says “Canada isn’t a dictatorship, and so protesters — like the group now ordered evicted from St. James Park — don’t have the same clear moral licence to ignore bylaws that their Egyptian counterparts had.” I’m not so sure, Linda, given all the ...

Politics and Entertainment: Once Again the Financial Class Gets Help at the Expense of Ordinary People

Europe Agrees to Basics of Plan to Resolve Euro Crisis – NYTimes.com This does little for real people. When the EU talks about saving the economy, they really mean of course banks and their investors, those holding the sovereign debt. So the reason for insisting on further capitalization of the banks is to guard against ...

Politics and Entertainment: The Challenge of Envisioning Something Other Than Capitalism

Naomi Klein is dead right about our suspicion that we can never imagine our way outside of capitalism since we have been ideologically inscribed in it unconsciously for time immemorial it would seem, both malevolent and benevolent versions – so much so that we have thorougly “naturalized” it as a given way of life. Tabatha ...