Wouldn’t it be great to get a cheque every month just for being you? This is the sweet, fuzzy vision the Ontario and federal Liberals, are counting on to sell their latest idea, a basic income. Just this year, the Ontario government laid the groundwork for a pilot project to test the idea. Any actual large-scale program […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Beware of basic income
This week, I interview two guests on fairly different topics linked by the fact that they both give very effective debunkings of some mainstream economic thinking. First, I speak with JW Mason, economics professor at John Jay College in New York City, about the debate that has erupted around Bernie Sanders’ economic program. JW argues […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Defending Bernie-nomics and debunking the housing market
Here’s a short, “populist” piece on going beyond the very limited economic debate in the election campaign so far. It was published on Ricochet:
The word ‘austerity’ is finally in the mix, but all parties stuck in the right-wing’s frame
Austerity is on the agenda of the Canadian election, as the word was finally . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: This election, let’s really talk about the economy
On last week’s podcast, I interviewed two researchers from Montreal’s IRIS, or the Insitut de recherché et d’informations socio-economiques, which has now been producing important progressive research for 15 years. This conversation with Julia Posca and Eve-Lyne Couturier is a great introduction to Quebec’s experience with austerity, the resource extraction agenda and popular organizing against . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Austerity and economy in Quebec (transcript)
Many in English Canada recognize the CCPA, but relatively few know of IRIS. Tucked away in an old Montreal school that has been repurposed as a home for a wide array of social enterprises and NGOs, IRIS, or the Insitut de recherché et d’informations socio-economiques, has now been producing important progressive research . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Austerity and economy in Quebec
The votes had barely been counted in Alberta when stories purporting to herald capital flight, particularly from the oil sands, were already appearing in venues like the Financial Post. As if on cue, the TSX fell 2%,the day after the Alberta election. What are we to make of this? Is Notley’s Alberta in the position . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Calling capital’s bluff in Alberta
Smith, 91, one of the last remaining Canadian World War 2 veterans, fears that unrestrained capitalism is killing collective rights and western democracy.
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This week, it’s my great pleasure to present a feature interview with Doug Henwood — economic analyst, author of books including Wall Street and host of the wonderful Behind the News radio show and podcast that inspired this show. Doug always introduces his show by saying his guests will be “taking a . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Doug Henwood on US economics and politics
I forgot to post the piece I wrote on the NDP’s universal childcare proposal for Ricochet. Here it is belatedly. It was published last weekend and tries to situate the childcare proposal in the context of broader changes to the welfare state.
Why the NDP’s childcare proposal has irritated all the right people
The NDP’s . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: On childcare in Ricochet
Capitalism is generally recognized as having one great strength. That, of course, is as a creator of wealth. Aided by the remarkable advance of technology (some would say inspired and facilitated by capitalism) it has created wealth unknown before in human history.
Capitalism is also generally recognized as having one great weakness. It is a . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Capitalism—an irrational system in an age of climate change
By: Andrew Jackson | Broadbent Institute Admirers and detractors of Margaret Thatcher can agree that she will be remembered as one of the key political architects of our times. Along with her soulmate, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, she broke decisively with the post-war Keynesian welfare state and ushered in the still-enduring age […]
The post . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Thatcherism: A grand, failed economic experiment
(originally written Nov 2010; uploaded Aug 21, 2012 as part of my Great Upload of Musings… for balance, I’ll soon post the follow-up which praises some portions of libertarian philosophy which are very dear to my progressive heart. Politics makes for strange bedfellows, and I’m not above shacking up with occasional allies. 🙂 )
. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: How Libertarians brought America Big Religion and Bigger Lawsuits…
Breaking news: bad jobs exist.
In a classic case of Conservatives boiling down an issue to a wide-sweeping preposterous claim, Jim Flaherty claimed that “there is no bad job”. Yikes
Flaherty is proposing reforms to the Employment Insurance program, making it harder for Canadians to remain on the program for long periods. The Canadian Government . . . → Read More: centerandleft: Free Riders and Dire Needers
Un grand tonnerre Mai 22
Ariane Moffatt contre la loi spéciale
Melissa Fillion, Capital Humain
It is November 1968, and a writer for Modern Mechanix peers 40 years into the future: “People have more time for leisure activities in the year 2008. The average work day is about four hours . . . . Homes are practically self-maintaining. Robots are available to do housework and other simple chores . . . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: Should we ‘take down’ the banks or try to save the best of capitalism?