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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Chris Hamby’s brilliant series on the effects of investor-state dispute settlement continues with articles on the shift in power from governments to corporations, as well as the developing market in settlement … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Chris Hamby’s brilliant series on the effects of investor-state dispute settlement continues with articles on the shift in power from governments to corporations, as well as the developing market in settlement … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Dani Rodrik comments on the need for a far more clear set of policy prescriptions for left-wing political parties to present as an alternative to laissez-faire corporate domination, while noting there’s no lack… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- David Dayen highlights the treatment of workers as the most fundamental difference between Scandinavian countries which have achieved both prosperity and social justice, and the U.S. and others which have sacrif… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The improbable rise of Jeremy Corbyn

  So far this week, Jeremy Corbyn has caused over 100,000 new members to join the UK Labour Party he leads, has apologized for a war he opposed from the beginning and appears to have survived a coup attempt on his leadership. And despite his backstabbing MPs, he’s one of the few party leaders left […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The improbable rise of Jeremy Corbyn

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Murray Dobbin argues that the Trudeau Libs’ response (or lack thereof) to wealthy tax cheats will tell us what we most need to know about their plans for Canada.- Meanwhile, Tonda MacCharles reports on Justin Tru… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Bill Longstaff: A Dipper writes his party president re leadership

As one of those federal New Democratic Party members who feels we should stop floating across the political spectrum looking for a place to park that offers an election victory and get back to being social democrats, I believe we need a real social d… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A Dipper writes his party president re leadership

Bill Longstaff: A Dipper writes his party president re leadership

As one of those federal New Democratic Party members who feels we should stop floating across the political spectrum looking for a place to park that offers an election victory and get back to being social democrats, I believe we need a real social d… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A Dipper writes his party president re leadership

Michal Rozworski: Fiscal policy for the left, or Corbyn vs Mulcair on deficits

The question of deficits dominated a lot of the economic debate in Canada during the 2015 federal election and even today. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party introduced a new fiscal policy last week that, on surface, appears to mirror the NDP’s anti-deficit stance from the 2015 campaign. Looking closer, however, Labour’s policy diverges quite substantially and […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Fiscal policy for the left, or Corbyn vs Mulcair on deficits

Michal Rozworski: Will Sanders’ rise be felt in Canada?

Co-written with Derrick O’Keefe and originally published at Ricochet. Even if he’s really only offering a pragmatic form of social democracy, Sanders has created a political space in the mainstream left that’s sorely missing in Canada. His insurgent campaign for the Democratic Party nomination has put inequality and systemic injustice front and centre in the […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Will Sanders’ rise be felt in Canada?

Michal Rozworski: Questions for the Canadian left

Harper is gone, but (as a friend only quarter-jokingly said) we got the second worst outcome sold as the best, so now what? That’s the 10 second version of this post. I want to throw up a few questions or, better yet, problems that I think the Canadian left will have to face together over […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Questions for the Canadian left

The Progressive Economics Forum: Progressive, pro-family, pro-growth

A good parental leave system makes children more affordable, and improves gender equity in the labour force and at home.

In Quebec, parental leave innovations include time reserved solely for the father, higher replacement rates, and flexibility. This has dramatically increased the number of fathers taking parental leaves, which in turn has a long-term impact . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Progressive, pro-family, pro-growth

Bill Longstaff: The NDP—back to social democracy

Rather like the British Labour Party under Tony Blair, the NDP made a play for the political centre. The Liberals, led by the dangerous to underestimate Justin Trudeau, have now writ fini to that ambition.The thing for the NDP to do now, in the heart and mind of this member of the party at least, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The NDP—back to social democracy

Alberta Politics: Guest Post by Mimi Williams: When the NDP abandoned its socialist principles, it abandoned its chance of winning

PHOTOS: Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair – whatever was he thinking? Below: Guest Post author Mimi Williams; Jeremy Corbyn, new leader of Britain’s Labour Party. Many New Democrats were shocked and dismayed at the outcome of Monday’s federal election, despite their relief that Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party government were gone at last. Long-time . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Guest Post by Mimi Williams: When the NDP abandoned its socialist principles, it abandoned its chance of winning

Michal Rozworski: The economics of the possible and beyond

Last week, I wrote a short piece for Ricochet on the kind of simple but serious economic thinking missing from the Canadian election debate so far. Here, I want to expand on the reasons why we might have trouble talking honestly about the barriers to significant economic reform without a real popular upsurge. If you . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: The economics of the possible and beyond

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Andrew Jackson discusses how increased development of the oil sands fits into Canada’s economic future – and how it’s foolhardy to assume that one necessarily equates to the other: A new and effective global climate agreement to avoid hitting the 2 degree increase would mandate a large, phased . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The challenge of Sanders and Corbyn to the extreme centre

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Over the past year, unlikely challengers have emerged to the dominant politics of the center-left in both the US and the UK. Jeremy Corbyn is looking increasingly poised to win the leadership of the UK Labour Party next month. Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, Bernie Sanders keeps rising in the . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The challenge of Sanders and Corbyn to the extreme centre

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Question The Nature Of Your Orders – new Facebook page.

New Facebook Page.Instead of continuing to fill up my personal Facebook page with political posts, I’ve created a new paged called Question The Nature Of Your Orders. Anyone wishing to continue to follow my posts (like I was posting to my Facebook page… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Question The Nature Of Your Orders – new Facebook page.

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Question The Nature Of Your Orders – new Facebook page.

New Facebook Page.Instead of continuing to fill up my personal Facebook page with political posts, I’ve created a new paged called Question The Nature Of Your Orders. Anyone wishing to continue to follow my posts (like I was posting to my Facebook page) can Like (and then choose to Get Notifications) at this new page. . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Question The Nature Of Your Orders – new Facebook page.

The Disaffected Lib: A Timely Scottish Warning for the New Democrats

There’s a price you pay for abandoning the Left.  The latest party to learn that lesson is Scotland’s Labour Party.  The “Blairification” of the Labour Party has sent a good part of Labour’s base in Scotland over to the SNP.

Scottish Labour is suffering from a …to some extent self-inflicted – process of attrition. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Timely Scottish Warning for the New Democrats

Political Eh-conomy: Three planks for a possible anti-austerity

What would anti-austerity in Canada look like? There are really two types of questions here. There are those of analysis: what has Canada’s austerity looked like, what makes it distinctive and how does it appear in people’s everyday experience? The others are those of political strategy. These are questions that will have to wait for . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Three planks for a possible anti-austerity

Political Eh-conomy: Beyond social democracy: new institutions, new subjects

So many of the debates on the contemporary left come back to the legacy of social democracy. The Swedish experience came closest to fulfilling social democratic ideals in the post-war era and so speaks to these debates in a unique way. Earlier this year, I talked to Petter Nilssen of Sweden’s Left Party about the . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Beyond social democracy: new institutions, new subjects

Political Eh-conomy: Some thoughts starting from a Fraser Institute graph

I’ve been meaning to post something on a chart from a Fraser Institute report for a while but slept on it. The chart comes from Fraser’s annual Consumer Tax Report and is supposed to show the different paths taken by how much households pay in taxes and how much they spend on basic goods like . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Some thoughts starting from a Fraser Institute graph

Parchment in the Fire: Morning Star :: Swedish government reveals progressive budget

Morning Star :: Swedish government reveals progressive budget.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Europe, social democracy, Sweden

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Parchment in the Fire: Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer

Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer.

For a man who is a near-certainty to become Sweden‘s prime minister after today’s general election, Stefan Löfven has had a miserable campaign.

In his latest misstep, Löfven, a burly union leader, was accused last . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path | World news | The Observer