This and that for your Sunday reading.- Larry Elliott discusses how the rise of Donald Trump and other exclusionary populists can be traced to the failed promises of neoliberal economics:The fact is that the US middle class, which in Britain we would c… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
This and that for your Sunday reading:- Ross Douthat (!) discusses the distinction between actual cosmopolitanism, and the global elitism that’s instead come to dominate international power relations:Genuine cosmopolitanism is a rare thing. It require… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading.- Lana Payne writes about the need for a Bernie Sanders in Canada to highlight and oppose the privilege of the wealthy few:It is in this context of blatant unfairness — rules for the rich and rules for… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Assorted content to end your week.- Edgardo Sepulveda writes about the role of the federal government in combating inequality – while noting that Canada has gone in the wrong direction over the past few decades. And Michal Rozworski points out that we’… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Assorted content to start your week.- Roshini Nair reviews Jim Stanford’s re-released Economics for Everyone, with a particular focus on the need not to give up on the prospect of change for the better: Although economics might be the dismal science, t… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Martha Friendly examines what a “national child care program” actually means. And Jim Stanford makes a compelling economic case as to why Canada needs one: In the case of early childhood education, however, this standard claim of government “poverty” is exactly backwards. Because there is overwhelming and credible . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Robert Reich describes how U.S. voters are rejecting the concept of a ruling class from both the left and the right – while noting that it’s vital to get the answer right as to which alternative is worth pursuing. And Owen Jones sees Jeremy Corbyn’s rise as . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Tessa Jowell writes that we need to treat inequality as a disease which can be cured through effective public policy, but the Star points out that the Cons have instead gone out of their way to make it worse. Fair Vote Canada interviews J. Peter Venton about . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
This and that to start your year.
– Ian Welsh comments on the challenges we face in trying to turn wealth increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few into a better world for everybody: The irony is that we have, again, produced a cornucopia. We have the potential to create an abundance society, the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
It seems to be an unavoidable part of neoliberalism – the sense of being ruled, not governed by consent. It’s the degradation of democracy, the detachment of the rulers from the ruled that is paralleled by the compression of the political spectrum so that one party becomes largely indistinguishable from the others, all of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Listen Up. Does This Sound Familiar?
Assorted content to end your week.
– Polly Toynbee looks at how the UK is now treating children in need as investment opportunities to be exploited by investors, rather than people to be assisted. And Mark Taliano writes that privatization is a problem rather than a solution when it comes to providing public services.
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Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
– Alyssa Battistoni writes that a universal basic income could go a long way toward solving environmental and economic problems alike by placing a focus on sustainable quality of life rather than increasing consumer consumption: If overconsumption is actually the problem, we can’t fix it by consuming more, however . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Afternoon Links
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
– D.L. Tice writes that it’s becoming more and more difficult for the right to ignore the spread of income inequality – and the reality that only public policy, not faith in the market, can produce a more fair distribution of income. Which is particularly important in light of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Paul Krugman explains how one’s political values figure to affect one’s view of evidence as to the success or failure of a policy: (T)he liberal and conservative movements are not at all symmetric in their goals. Conservatives want smaller government as an end in itself; liberals don’t seek . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
This and that for your weekend reading.
– The Star offers an editorial on the continued increase in wage inequality in Canada, highlighting the complete lack of any connection between accomplishment and executive compensation: (T)he country’s economic performance has changed dramatically. In 2007, when Mackenzie began, the Canadian economy was growing by leaps and bounds, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
Feeling singularly uninspired this morning, I offer a tidbit of the obvious: ‘Ford Nation,’ that much vaunted segment of the population that stands by their man no matter what, is under-educated and from lower-income backgrounds. Since I am not one of those that the Fords and their right-wing fellow travellers like to contemptuously characterize . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Low-Hanging Fruit
I downloaded this image from Facebook, so thanks to the person who created it. To anyone not familiar with the skinhead subculture (other than the racist, far right fringe that the sensationalist media presents as representative of the entire subcultur… . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: I downloaded this image from Facebook, so thanks to the person…
Dutch election yesterday, with preliminary results as follows, via Parties and Elections in Europe:
Party – Preliminary results (99,5%) – Ideology, Affiliation, Founding 2012 Seats 2010 Seats Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD) People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy Conservative liberalism ELDR, LI 1948 26,5% 41 20,4% 31 Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) Labour Party . . . → Read More: Dutch election aftermath: it’s pretty much all good
The scary part is that they are entirely correct.
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More than 20 years ago, the Norman Jewison film Other People’s Money quite neatly described the fundamental contours of the debate that may be about to unfold in the GOP race concerning the nature of Mitt Romney’s dubious yet highly profitable endevours as a vulture capitalist:
The question now is whether Republican critics . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: The Bain Capital Debate in a Nutshell
Some very sensible observations about similarities and difference between the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements from Karl Denninger, who helped form FedUpUSA (a precursor of the Tea Party) in the wake of the March 2008 Federal Reserve bail … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: OWS & The Tea Party
The launch of Canada’s “revolution” against the “1 percent” is planned for October 15th. Unfortunately, they can’t even seem to get the URL of the website correct… So, not off to a terribly auspicious start on the organizational front. Unless … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Occupy Bay Street?