The Disaffected Lib: Where Is the Exit Door?

How long will Canada remain under the boot of market fundamentalism? This is the laissez faire face of modern neoliberalism that has taken hold throughout the developed world, Canada included. It manifests itself most directly in free trade agreements and associated institutions such as the IMF, the World Trade Organization, and the World Bank. Rarely seen ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Couple of Thoughts About the Precariat.

We should all read Brian Stewart’s essay yesterday on “the rise of the precariat.” Everything he reports has been thoroughly analyzed and disclosed over the past few years. Most of us with 30-something children know the losing struggle that many of them face – lousy jobs, lousy pay, dubious benefits, little if any security.  They ...

Parchment in the Fire: Temporary and part-time jobs surge promotes inequality, says OECD | Business | The Guardian

Temporary and part-time jobs surge promotes inequality, says OECD | Business | The Guardian. Heather Stewart A surge in self-employment and temporary or part-time jobs over the past two decades has been a key factor behind the rise in inequality in the world’s industrialised countries, according to a major new study by the Organisation for ...

The Disaffected Lib: Ask Yourself, Have You Been "Tuned Up" Yet?

This breathes new meaning into the phrase “bored to death.” Behavioural pschology suggests we may have been conditioned to submit to neoliberalism.  We have been made susceptible to manipulation and control. Alfie Kohn, in Punished by Rewards (1993), documents with copious research how behavior modification works best on dependent, powerless, infantilized, bored, and institutionalized people. And so ...

The Disaffected Lib: Waging Class War is One Thing, Winning It Before the Other Side Knows About It is Everything

Bad news for working class America, white and blue collar – the class war they never really understood had been waged against them for the past three decades is over and they lost. A team of researchers from the U.S. government and Brookings Institute pored over 350,000 tax returns from 1987 to 2009 has led ...