Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything?  According to Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation, our economy and our entire domestic food supply ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Prices Are Too Low

Everyone loves to talk about gas prices, but few can agree what to do about them. Pointless boycotts of local stations have no real impact on the price of gasoline because they are very temporary and not widespread despite organizing attempts on the Internet. It’d be almost like trying to control how much water is ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Corporate Personhood Alert!

We have to spend some time this week carefully watching BC business playing good cop and bad cop. The good cop is opposing the idea of a corporate tax rate of zero, while the bad cop says that corporations should be able to vote, like real human beings. British Columbia Chamber of Commerce president John ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Economic Hitman Confesses

This is how I see the economic system of the world operating, and it’s the basis for many of my feelings about the economy in Canada and in Saskatchewan. It’s why I work to make things better however I can. Capitalism may be the best economic system we’ve run into thus far, but it’s not ...

Death By Trolley: Why Japanese Healthcare is More Efficient Than Canadian and US Healthcare

A recently published report by the Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit economics and policy research organization, indicates that Canadians are spending more on their healthcare and getting less than most advanced nations. Canada spend more annually per capita on healthcare – $4100/person, or 10% of GDP – than all but three advanced nations, but ...

Death By Trolley: The Wall Street Triple-Penetration

The Young Turks have ran a number of stories on how major investment banks have gamed the US and global economic systems. In the video presented below, they discuss how major investment bankers (e.g., Goldman Sachs) have effectively triple penetrated their investors and the global oil market, which affects all of us by driving up ...

Progressive Proselytizing: TFSAs and progressive savings policies

With Harper’s majority secured, it is quite likely that the popular Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA’s) will double the allowable contributions to $10k per year by 2014. There is a considerable benefit to policies that encourage higher savings rates but unfortunately the specific implementation of TFSA’s leaves something to be desired. Having a high level of household ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Political Economy of Professional Wrestling: Capital, Unions and Spandex

Wage Labour on the Fringes For all the attention it received, to my knowledge, no one provided much of a political analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 award-winning motion picture The Wrestler. I suspect this is largely a function of the subject matter of the film: professional wrestling has been a long standing punch-line, after all. ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The relationship between public goods and sovereignty

As our world modernizes, the relationships of self determination and sovereignty flex and change. Technological and sociological changes have made the provision of a wide variety of public goods possible at much larger scales. There is a trade off, however, between decreasing self determination and the benefits of increasingly large scale provision of public goods. The ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Harper’s Reckless Economics

Throughout the election campaign Stephen Harper claimed the political high ground on the management of the economy. The surprise is that the opposition has pretty much let him get away with this. During the English Language debate the first question focused on $6 billion tax cuts to corporations. Harper said there were no tax cuts ...

The free market (wip)

The free market can give rise to the dead. The free market can walk on water. The free market can walk on wine which was formerly water.I’ve been thinking about what is this free market libertarians espouse? I can’t fathom it, because my thinking must be flawed.My belief is anything man-made cannot be self-fulfilling, whether ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Noam Chomsky on the State-Corporate Complex: A Threat to Freedom and Survival

Progressive Proselytizing: Pharmaceutical Patent Lengths

Obama’s recently announced deficit reduction proposal includes the reduction in patent lengths for brand name pharmaceutical drugs from 20 to 7 years. Let us step back and consider the case for such patents and how we might determine an optimal time length. The reason we have pharmaceutical patents is for a single purpose: to create ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too: Stanford – CCPA

CAW Economist Jim Stanford exposes the Big Conservative/Corporate Lie.  The truth and the facts are that corporate tax cuts do not stimulate the economy and do not generate jobs and investment. Corporate tax cuts economically ineffective National Office          News Release April 13, 2011 OTTAWA—The Conservatives’ proposed 3-point reduction in corporate tax rates would cost the public ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: We get 30 cents back – People for Corporate Tax Cuts, Canada

People for Corporate Tax Cuts – Canada

Larry Hubich's Blog: Global financial crisis/recovery: What does it mean for Saskatchewan?

Global financial crisis/recovery: What does it mean for Saskatchewan? – by Dr. Simon Enoch, Director of the Saskatchewan office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. These remarks were delivered to the Saskatchewan CED and Co-operatives Conference, April 8, 2011, Mount Royal Collegiate, Saskatoon by Dr Simon Enoch. “This is a somewhat difficult topic to ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Double standard rampant in Saskatchewan

Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan

Larry Hubich's Blog: Stephen Harper is working hard – People for Corporate Tax Cuts Canada

People for Corporate Tax Cuts Canada

Picture ID, and the coming election

I don’t have picture ID! Anyone have any extra bucks they can donate to help me get a BC ID? It’s thirty-five dollars.I make no bones about it. I’m broke. I’m poor. I’ve got no income. I might have a part-time job in a few weeks, or maybe not if they require picture ID. I ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: Harper’s Hitlist: Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy – Dobbin

The following is reproduced from the Council of Canadians website:   Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy Author and Rabble.ca columnist Murray Dobbin details the harm Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing to the political and social fabric of Canada in a new, hard-hitting essay commissioned by the Council of Canadians titled Harper’s Hitlist: Power, Process ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: How to Raise Your $500 – People for Corporate Tax Cuts Canada

Larry Hubich's Blog: The "Other Saskatchewan" – CCPA

Reproduced below is a 2011 Saskatchewan Budget Response by Dr. Simon Enoch, CCPA Saskatchewan: The “Other Saskatchewan” A Budget Response by CCPA Saskatchewan by Simon Enoch March 24, 2011 If yesterday’s budget was designed to give something to everyone in order to win over voters for the upcoming election, then it is clear where the poorest ...

Larry Hubich's Blog: The EXACT same thing is happening in Canada – Tax Cuts for Corporations and the Rich

Larry Hubich's Blog: Canada’s Colour Coded Labour Market

Larry Hubich's Blog: Open letter to Premier Brad Wall – CPP Improvements

Today I sent the following “open letter” to Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall respecting proposed improvements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  It is self explanatory:  (PDF version here) March 18, 2011 Honourable Brad Wall Premier of Saskatchewan Room 226 Legislative Building Regina, SK S4S 0B3 Open letter to Premier Brad Wall from SFL President, Larry ...