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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Michal Rozworski writes that the Trudeau Libs’ economic model has come into view, and that we should be fighting back against what it means for the public: I’ve long argued that the Liberals are at the leading edge of rebuilding a centrist, neoliberal consensus for a low-growth world. This is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Vanessa Williamson writes that plenty of Americans want to see wealthy individuals and corporations pay their fair share of taxes – only to have that strong desire ignored by policymakers. And Joseph Stiglitz and Erika Siu discuss the glaring need for stronger tax enforcement around the globe.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Graham Lowe and Frank Graves examine the state of Canada’s labour market, and find a strong desire among workers for an activist government to ensure improved pay equality and social supports. Oxfam reaches sim… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

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

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.- Tom Parkin writes about the tendency of far too many Canadian governments to put the wealthy at the front of the line, and leave the rest of us to wait:(O)ver the past two decades, corporate tax rates ha… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Katie Hyslop contrasts Canada’s longstanding recognition that housing is a human right against the gross lack of policy action to ensure its availability:Canada has signed and ratified the 1976 United Nations… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Rachel Bryce, Cristina Blanco Iglesias, Ashley Pullman and Anastasia Rogova examine the effect of inequality on education in Canada. And John McMurtry comments on the increasing hoarding of wealth and the lack of any… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Sadly, even a modicum of criticism of Brad Wall on Saskatchewan’s editorial pages is all too rare. But while the Star-Phoenix offers at least that much, is there any doubt that Wall’s contempt for inmates (among others who rely on provincial services) … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: You say "glib", I say "callous and dehumanizing". Let’s just call the whole thing off.

Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

I’ve written before about the Saskatchewan Party’s assumption that actually meeting the basic needs of inmates wasn’t a core function of the provincial correctional system.Well, the choice to turn food service into a corporate profit centre has produce… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On priorities

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to start your new year.- Paul Krugman points out that as tends to be the case, the U.S.’ modest increase in high-end tax rates in 2013 managed to produce both more fair taxation and strong economic growth.- But Michael Hudson notes tha… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood highlights how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do little but strengthen the hand of the corporate sector against citizens. Duncan Cameron notes that even in the face of a full-court press for ever more stringent corporate controls, there’s plenty of well-justified skepticism about the TPP. And . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda causing more prison violence, rights abuses

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher, Paula Mallea, explains how Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda has become a tough-on-rights crusade.

The post Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda causing more prison violence, rights abuses appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– PressProgress makes the case that we can’t afford to risk another term of government neglect by the Harper Cons. Jeremy Nuttall discusses how the Cons’ fixed election date and anti-social economic policies each figure to cause direct damage to Canada’s economy in the course of a downturn. And . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Canadians for Tax Fairness crunches the numbers and finds that Canada is losing out on nearly $200 billion in assets being sheltered in tax havens. And David Kotz writes about the need for large-scale restructuring to address the glaring flaws in neoliberal dogma: Despite the resurgence of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Michal Rozworski reminds us that while a shift toward precarious work may represent an unwanted change from the few decades where labour prospered along with business, it’s all too familiar from a historical perspective: (P)recarity is what it means to have nothing to sell but your labour . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Edward Keenan is the latest to point out that any reasonable political decision-making process needs to include an adult conversation about taxes and why we need them: This week, when asked about the prospect of raising taxes beyond the rate of inflation in coming years, John Tory called . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Eugene Lang discusses the importance of fiscal choice in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. And Don Cayo reminds us that the Cons’ determination to hand free money to the wealthy – most recently through income-splitting and increased TFSA limits – means that everybody else has . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Act Of Aggression Is Still Wrong

I’m angry beyond words at this:  Transgender Woman’s Jail Treatment Prompts Complaints Baxter said Griffith was concerned about her safety and asked to be put into protective custody. 

Guards moved her to the protective custody section and placed her in a cell with two accused male sex offenders, Baxter said.

We’ve heard this kind of . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Act Of Aggression Is Still Wrong

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Robert Reich comments on the concerted effort by the U.S.’ rich to exacerbate inequality – and points out how it’s warped their worldview. And Dean Baker criticizes the spread of inequality by design: And then there is the financial sector where Mankiw tells us that the extraordinary pay . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, questioning the Saskatchewan Party’s belief that meeting the province’s constitutional duty to provide correctional centre inmates with the basic necessities of life isn’t a “core” government function.

For further reading:– CTV reports on the label the Sask Party has applied to correctional food services (and the resulting privatization process) here.  – And once again, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Christy's Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy's Houseful of Chaos: Thoughts about the kid’s book The Stamp Collector

I borrowed the book The Stamp Collector from the library because I thought it might be another cute book about collections, and in a way it is but its also much darker and more relevant than that. The story starts like a folk tale with the city boy who loves stamps and a country boy . . . → Read More: Christy’s Houseful of Chaos politics » Christy’s Houseful of Chaos: Thoughts about the kid’s book The Stamp Collector

Bill Longstaff: The U.S. and Sweden—a tale of two incarceration rates

Having just watched the documentary The House I Live In about the U.S. drug war, or more precisely about the abject failure of the U.S. drug war, I was intrigued with an article I came across in The Guardian about Sweden’s dwindling incarceration rate. The number of prison admissions has dropped so rapidly in the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The U.S. and Sweden—a tale of two incarceration rates

The Canadian Progressive: Ontario Court Rules Harper’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unconstitutional

Harper Conservatives’ draconian law-and-order agenda is challenged as Ontario court declares mandatory minimum sentences “cruel and unusual punishment”.

The post Ontario Court Rules Harper’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unconstitutional appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– David Green asks whether decades of corporate insistence on “flexible” labour markets (i.e. ones which offer no stability for workers) have resulted in the improved wages promised at the outset: Increased wages are how we share the benefits of economic growth among a wide range of people in . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Throw Away The Key

As promised during our talking about the throne speech, though slightly detoured due to Senate revelations, I think it’s time we sit down and talk a bit about prisons.

Prisons are arguably one of those ‘flashpoint’ topics in politics; the sort of issue where you find extremes on both sides, and very little room for . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Throw Away The Key