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Joe Fantauzzi: Columbus is no hero of mine

Italian-North Americans — especially those of us with roots in the Mezzogiorno (and I include the Ciociaria and Abbruzzo here) — don’t need a Genoese genocidal rapist as our hero. It’s time to eliminate Columbus Day. It’s time for #IndigenousPeoplesDay   Some good reading and watching: ‘All Indians Are Dead?’ At Least That’s What Most . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Columbus is no hero of mine

Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Introduction Today, getting a lift to the store is as easy as loading an application on a digital device and summoning a roving car to one’s door. It is fast, cheap and, many argue, less onerous than ownership. The so-called sharing economy is on the… . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Political Economy of The Sharing Economy

Joe Fantauzzi: Notes on the Political Economy of the Hydro One Privatization or: Why Isn’t The Ontario Business Sector Paying Its Fair Share For Infrastructure?

Ontario’s provincial government faces a massive public infrastructure deficit. The province’s own numbers estimate the deficit at “tens of billions of dollars.” Among the high profile components of this deficit is transportation infrastructure. In response, the government says it has invested billions of dollars into transportation infrastructure since 2003. Ontario’s Liberal provincial government is in . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Notes on the Political Economy of the Hydro One Privatization or: Why Isn’t The Ontario Business Sector Paying Its Fair Share For Infrastructure?

Joe Fantauzzi: A Brief Note On #Elxn42 And Moving Toward A New Left

This much is clear: with the NDP’s federal collapse last night, the neoliberal Third Way experiment can clearly be declared a failure. But now what? Now, to build ─ not rebuild on a broken foundation. But also this: pillory me as a post-structuralist if you must, but I’m not here for the construction of any . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: A Brief Note On #Elxn42 And Moving Toward A New Left

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

I support Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy to become the next US president. I would very much like to see him win, and I think he very may well. Now, some people will say, but Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. I see no problem with that. And 49% of Americans, and a . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: socialism, anarchism, corporatism and democracy

Writings of J. Todd Ring: A few thoughts on empathy in human beings, and other living creatures

Empathy is natural in human beings, as Jeremy Rifkin has pointed out – and with strong backing by recent scientific findings. Some human beings have more and some less; and some are sociopaths – roughly 1% (and usually, the ones who gravitate to positions of wealth and power, unsurprisingly) – who have a near total . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: A few thoughts on empathy in human beings, and other living creatures

Writings of J. Todd Ring: On Civil Obedience

“Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.” – Mark Twain Never be obedient. Obedience is for dogs. No offence to dogs – I love dogs, and dogs are very admirable, as well as lovable, and there is much that we can learn from dogs. But we are not dogs, and we . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: On Civil Obedience

Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

FULL DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. News media goes where many cannot or will not. It infiltrates the halls of power, the courtrooms, protest sites, war zones and scenes of tragedy. It is, unquestionably, the source of much of the information used to inform and shape society. Its . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

FULL DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. News media goes where many cannot or will not. It infiltrates the halls of power, the courtrooms, protest sites, war zones and scenes of tragedy. It is, unquestionably, the source of much of the information used to inform and shape society. Its . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Reflections on McChesney: Problematics of Media Self-Regulation

Joe Fantauzzi: Post-Democratic Trend Lines in Etobicoke

Since news broke of the decision by Toronto mayor candidate Rob Ford to step away from the mayor’s race and be replaced by his brother Doug the term “feudal” has been thrown around a lot. The argument quite often associated with the use of this term generally appears to be that the Ford family is . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Post-Democratic Trend Lines in Etobicoke

Joe Fantauzzi: Rob Ford’s Political Body

Toronto’s Rob Ford lives a political life. Both his bare existence and his public personae have taken on a politicization since he entered municipal governance. Plainly said, his weight and other biological issues have become just as political as his public life as “mayor” of the City of Toronto. The Ancient Greeks, such as Aristotle, . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Rob Ford’s Political Body

Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

Since the beginning of the year, several stories in high-profile mainstream media publications have examined what some find to be the increasing militarization of police forces in North America. In March, The Economist wrote a feature on the phenomenon noting that the use of tactical units, which are often armed with military-style weaponry such as . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

Joe Fantauzzi: Needed: A Real Deal For Cities

Over at NinetyTwoPointEight, I have written a post about the need for substantive discussion during the ongoing Toronto municipal election about freeing up the city from the paternalism of its relationship with and dependance on the province of Ontario. Here is the link: Election 2014: A Lost Opportunity To Push For A Real Deal For . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Needed: A Real Deal For Cities

Joe Fantauzzi: Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Progressive

Progress can mean a lot of things. The achievement by marginalized people of social citizenship. Collective movement toward big goals that make life better on a societal scale. State intervention with the aim of lessening the burden caused by the market. Smoke from an oil field and tailing ponds as the economy chugs along. Progressivism . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Progressive

Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Here, I have taken up the enclosure of the Social Commons. And here, I have attempted to locate those shunted aside by the austerity agenda. In this post, I attempt to describe the zone of indeterminacy into which those cast aside by austerity have been and are to be consigned. The point, I submit, is . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Here, I have taken up the enclosure of the Social Commons. And here, I have attempted to locate those shunted aside by the austerity agenda. In this post, I attempt to describe the zone of indeterminacy into which those cast aside by austerity have been and are to be consigned. The point, I submit, is . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: IV. Zone of Indeterminacy: Interdiction concerning the enclosure of the Social Commons

Joe Fantauzzi: III. Austerity and The Blocking of Social Citizenship In Ontario

When the Social Commons are enclosed, the state has decreed there are those inside and those outside the political order. I took up the issue of the Social Commons and its enclosure in Part II. This post will attempt to locate those excluded from social citizenship when the Commons is enclosed. I put it to . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: III. Austerity and The Blocking of Social Citizenship In Ontario

Joe Fantauzzi: III. Austerity and The Blocking of Social Citizenship In Ontario

When the Social Commons are enclosed, the state has decreed there are those inside and those outside the political order. I took up the issue of the Social Commons and its enclosure in Part II. This post will attempt to locate those excluded from social citizenship when the Commons is enclosed. I put it to . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: III. Austerity and The Blocking of Social Citizenship In Ontario

Joe Fantauzzi: The Ontario Election, Austerity and The Social Commons

In his Second Treatise of Government, John Locke argued that land, when Common, was fallow and unproductive. Mixing one’s labour with the land, such as growing grain or picking an apple, however, privatized the land and allowed access to the fruits of the labour.[1] Eventually these private, “productive” lands were enclosed, most often by fences. . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Ontario Election, Austerity and The Social Commons

Joe Fantauzzi: The Ontario Election, Austerity and The Social Commons

In his Second Treatise of Government, John Locke argued that land, when Common, was fallow and unproductive. Mixing one’s labour with the land, such as growing grain or picking an apple, however, privatized the land and allowed access to the fruits of the labour.[1] Eventually these private, “productive” lands were enclosed, most often by fences. . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Ontario Election, Austerity and The Social Commons

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Corporatism, capitalism and real alternatives: On the power to choose our destiny

Corporatism is simply a more virulent form of capitalism – or a late stage of capitalism: it is what happens when capitalism is left unchecked, to run its own course. First comes the tendency towards ever-increasing concentrations of money, resources and economic power under a capitalist economy, as Marx rightly predicted; then comes crony capitalism, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Corporatism, capitalism and real alternatives: On the power to choose our destiny

Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Do you ever wonder why policing budgets rise in Ontario when the crime rate falls? At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I argue Ontario has been, and remains, among the jurisdictions at the forefront of a business-friendly neoliberal agenda in Canada, despite rising structural unemployment, major challenges in the core manufacturing sector and a drop to . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Do you ever wonder why policing budgets rise in Ontario when the crime rate falls? At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I argue Ontario has been, and remains, among the jurisdictions at the forefront of a business-friendly neoliberal agenda in Canada, despite rising structural unemployment, major challenges in the core manufacturing sector and a drop to . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Ontario’s neoliberalism: Coercive, Intense

Joe Fantauzzi: Toronto’s G20 Summit As A State of Exception

At Illuminated By Streets Lamps, I have posted a paper I have written on the security apparatus put in place for the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit. I argue that the Province of Ontario employed a coercive, secretive state of exception in order to facilitate the flow of international capital during the Toronto G20 Summit. Find . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Toronto’s G20 Summit As A State of Exception