Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Owen Jones writes that UK Labour’s bold and progressive platform was crucial to its improved electoral results. Bhaksar Sunkara rightly sees Labour’s campaign – in both its firm defence of the common good, and its determination to reach young and marginalized voters rather than assuming they won’t turn ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign… – Charlie Angus has made his pitch for a national pharmacare program as one way of reducing health care inequality. – Guy Caron’s proposal for tax reform features plenty of progressive ideas to bring in more public revenue, including through inheritance and wealth taxes. And his subsequent ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Dietrich Vollrath discusses both what’s included in our societal capital, and how best to think of redistributive policies as means of fairly dealing with it: (T)axes are a way of collecting the royalties on trust and scale that we inherited and/or create ourselves. Taxes are the rents ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Dietrich Vollrath discusses both what’s included in our societal capital, and how best to think of redistributive policies as means of fairly dealing with it: (T)axes are a way of collecting the royalties on trust and scale that we inherited and/or create ourselves. Taxes are the rents ...

Alberta Politics: Deep irony in the deep state: Some thoughts about those post-Christmas American ‘spy’ expulsions

PHOTOS: A couple of Russian “intelligence operatives” pensively contemplate the news they’re about to be kicked out of the United States for acting like journalists. Actual GRU deep cover agents may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin disguised as well-known journalist Clark Kent; U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a characteristic pose; ...

Montreal Simon: Hyde Trump and the Return of the Bernie Revolution

In my last post I wondered whether Donald Trump was mentally fit to be president, and how long we had to live before one of his tweets started World War III ?So Trump's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde act yesterday was definitely NOT reassuring. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition into the White House is going “very, very smoothly,” ...

Politics and its Discontents: Bernie Sanders Offers Both A Prescription And A Warning

Spending five minutes watching this video will likely provide more truth and insight than were heard in the entire U.S. presidential campaign. Recommend this Post

Cowichan Conversations: Bernie Speaks Out-First Interview Since Trump Election Victory

Montreal Simon: The Supermoon and the Return of Bernie Sanders

I can hardly wait to row out to a dark place on the lake tomorrow night, to watch the supermoon rising.For at a time when the darkness of fascism is descending on America, threatening to turn that country into a police state, or the Mad State of Trump. At a time when so many of our neighbours are ...

We Pivot: Who Is Canada’s Bernie Sanders?

As we pivot to a new world, of course, we’ll have to contend with the election of Trump as president. But it’s not an absolute road block. Yesterday I wrote about how Trump won because he appealed to various populations of disenfranchised people who have been screwed by the political and global economic order. Honestly, ...

Cowichan Conversations: John Pilger: ‘The truth is… there was no one to vote for’

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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and Les Deplorables

I love the musical Les Miserables. I love the songs, and the way the characters  celebrate revolution.Even if it ends badly.Because I believe that only a revolution can save us and the world we live in.But Donald Trump has a version of Les Miserables called Les Deplorables… Read more »

Montreal Simon: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the Battle for the Millennial Vote

I'm glad to see that another poll is suggesting that most Americans believe Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in their first debate.A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that a majority of Americans believe Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate on Monday.The poll found that, out of 2,000 responders, 56 percent thought the Democratic nominee won the debate, ...

Montreal Simon: My Highland Journey and Bernie Sanders’ Message of Hope

In just a few hours I'll be leaving Canada and heading for my family home in the Scottish highlands.And since I won't be able to do much blogging, and because the news is so grim these days, I thought I'd leave you with a message of hope.A message from Bernie Sanders.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Stephen Hawking discusses the crucial distinction between seeing money as a means of pursuing worthy ends versus treating it a goal in and of itself – and notes that we should be wary of political choices based on the latter view: Money is also important because it is ...

Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…

A friend sent me this article,  and  I am  adding my  answer…I don’t have permission to print out the article in its entirety, but  you  can  look for it  at FP..it’s short and succinct… WORTHY OF THEIR ANGER Our leaders’ unpunished failures have led to furious voters Stephen Walt For Foreign Policy magazine Dear K…. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The DNC Superdelegates Can Fix Party Corruption This Week

In case you missed it, Clinton and the DNC are corrupt, and have been for a long time. They and their media partners have worked hard to keep Bernie Sanders from becoming the Democratic nominee for president. And still, he almost won in the primaries and caucuses. What could he have accomplished if the DNC ...

Montreal Simon: Hillary Clinton and the Bernie Revolution

It's opening night at the Democratic Convention. And what was supposed to be Hillary Clinton's sparkly coronation is turning into a bit of a nightmare.For even as Clinton prepares to accept her party's nomination, what was supposed to be a show of unity, and a bright contrast to Donald Trump's dark and divisive rally, is ...

Montreal Simon: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Young Americans

Well he took his time, and it couldn't have been easy.It was probably the hardest and most painful thing he has ever done.But Bernie Sanders has finally done what he had to do.Read more »

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Feeling the Bern-Out? Feel the Movement

To put it briefly, it’s the movement that matters. The office of the President is secondary to the movement, and almost, but not quite, peripheral. Winning the presidency is significant. It can be a rallying point which inspires the people to further action, and to greater goals and greater victories. But it is secondary to ...

Left Over: Brexit – Stage Left…

The Guardian view on post-Brexit politics: perilous times for progressives Editorial Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London in the wake of resignations from his shadow cabinet. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Sunday 26 June 2016 20.12 BST   Frankly, I don’t see why all the panic is being created..it’s terrible that immigrants feel ...

Cowichan Conversations: Climate change and the inevitable collapse of the over priced housing market

The ever increasing housing prices in Greater Vancouver and to a somewhat lesser extent Greater Victoria will eventually fall to the physical reality that what goes up must come down. The hot market cannot last Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Yvan Guillemette discusses the need for public-sector investment in economic development to make up for the massive amounts of private capital sitting idle. And Daniel Kahnemann challenges the theory that corporate decision-making is either rational or directed toward optimal outcomes: “You look at large organizations that are supposed ...

Montreal Simon: Hillary Clinton, the Millennial Generation, and the Bernie Revolution

Well she finally did it. After years of battling to return the White House where she once lived. After years of highs and lows, and scandals real and imagined. Hillary Clinton is now the Democratic Party's presidential candidate.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Andrea Germanos follows up on the IMF’s realization that handing free money and power to corporations does nothing for the economy as it affects people’s lives. And Susie Cagle examines the role of tech money – like other massive accumulations of wealth – in exacerbating inequalities in ...