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Michal Rozworski: Beware of basic income

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

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: Defending Bernie-nomics and debunking the housing market

  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

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

Michal Rozworski: This election, let’s really talk about the economy

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

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

Political Eh-conomy: Austerity and economy in Quebec (transcript)

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)

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Austerity and economy in Quebec

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/podcast150525-iris.mp3

 

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

Political Eh-conomy: Calling capital’s bluff in Alberta

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

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

Dead Wild Roses: Trumpeting the Nordic Model – How Socialism Wins the Day

Damn, Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland, is getting cocky. For good reason of course. Keeping the people that run your country and businesses educated and healthy = productivity and innovation.

 

Shocked I am. Positively aghast. 🙂

 

Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Politics Tagged: Neo-Liberal Troll Bait., Nordic Countries, Socialism, Welfare State

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian WW2 Veteran: “At 91, I am history, and I fear its repetition” [VIDEO]

Smith, 91, one of the last remaining Canadian World War 2 veterans, fears that unrestrained capitalism is killing collective rights and western democracy.

The post Canadian WW2 Veteran: “At 91, I am history, and I fear its repetition” [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Doug Henwood on US economics and politics

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/podcast-141114-doug-henwood.mp3

 

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

Political Eh-conomy: On childcare in Ricochet

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

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Looking towards childcare in Canada, with lessons from Sweden

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/podcast-141016-childcare.mp3

 

This week, the federal NDP reignited a national debate over childcare by proposing a universal $15 per day childcare program. This is the focus of today’s episode, which features two guests. First up, Angela MacEwen. Angella is an economist with the Canadian Labour Congress and has long been a strong advocate for . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Looking towards childcare in Canada, with lessons from Sweden

Bill Longstaff: Capitalism—an irrational system in an age of climate change

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

The Canadian Progressive: Thatcherism: A grand, failed economic experiment

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

The Deadly Myths of Globalisation

What follows is the introduction to a talk I gave at the 3rd Innis Christie Lecture & Symposium in Labour and Employment Law. My sister was educated at the Dalhousie School of Law and I was Lucky enough when visiting her to attend a lecture by Innis Christie. I am not going to brag . . . → Read More: The Deadly Myths of Globalisation

Eclectic Lip: How Libertarians brought America Big Religion and Bigger Lawsuits…

(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. 🙂 )

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centerandleft: Free Riders and Dire Needers

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

CHAPTER 8: The Miserable Metrics of Neoliberalism

Conclusion to Chapter 8

Consistent with the main line of argument in this thesis then, is the proposition that labour market flexibilisation is the other side of the neoliberal policy coin; namely, price stability and conservative fiscal policy all locked in via the globalisation of production and finance. In this sense, neoliberalism as a . . . → Read More: CHAPTER 8: The Miserable Metrics of Neoliberalism

Philosophy, Music and Art in the Service of the Quebec Student Protests

 

Un grand tonnerre Mai 22

 

 

Ariane Moffatt contre la loi spéciale

 

Melissa Fillion, Capital Humain

 

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A Different Point of View....: Should we ‘take down’ the banks or try to save the best of capitalism?

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?