Red Tory v.3.0.3: The Platinum Debt Solution

While in all probability America’s so-called “debt ceiling” will be raised next week – just as it routinely has been for the last 74 times since 1962 – the utterly dysfunctional political dynamic in Washington in Washington has turned what should be a simple matter of financial housekeeping into a completely avoidable “crisis” that now ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – In case anybody held out hope that the Harper Cons might follow up on their residential school apology with some concrete action to change First Nations relations for the better, here’s the predictable result: a gratuitous ultimatum on land claims which seeks to force First Nations to ...

On the Green Party platform.

Finally — for now, at least, until the Tories and NDP release the rest of their platforms, and the Libs release anything at all — I’m going to take a quick look at the Green Party of Ontario’s platform. It’s the shortest, and the slimmest when it comes to significant detail. Then again, if the ...

Canadian Soapbox: IQT client Bell Canada should step up and help affected workers

Hundreds of Canadian workers should not be left in the lurch by the sudden closing of call centres in Trois-Rivières, Laval, and Oshawa.  According to an on-line news article in the The Tennessean: “The affected call center employees performed customer and technical help services for Bell Canada”.  (READ IT HERE) This is how the call ...

Canadian Soapbox: The Tea Party movement – Defending the undertaxed from the overtaxed

Although the debt ceiling crisis playing out in Washington is an American concern, it is an issue with huge ramifications here in Canada and across the world.  American historian Bernard Berenson is credited with this famous quote: “Governments last only as long as the under taxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed”.  The wisdom of ...

Accidental Deliberations: On correlations

This summer has seen plenty of crowing from the right over a connection between “economic freedom” (as defined by various corporate think tanks) and GDP levels. But for those of us who see obvious problems with treating GDP as the sole measure of a society’s accomplishment, that raises an obvious follow-up question: how do the ...

On the Ontario PCs’ platform

[Sorry for the double-post. Had some unfixable errors in the previous version.] So, here we go with the Ontario PC Platform, the Changebook (warning: PDF). Or is that the Change Book? ChangeBook? I don’t know, and I don’t think they do, either. According to this, Tim Hudak was a Customs Officer at the Peace Bridge. ...

On the Ontario PCs’ platform.

So, here we go with the Ontario PC Platform, the Changebook. Or is that the Change Book? ChangeBook? I don’t know, and I don’t think they do, either. According to this, Tim Hudak was a Customs Officer at the Peace Bridge. I knew there was a good reason to hate him. Change: To Put More ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Armine Yalnizyan follows up on the Conference Board of Canada’s recognition that growing inequality is a serious problem for Canada by noting the similar observations around the globe: There is a growing awareness that when the fruits of prosperity are so poorly shared, trouble is not far ...

On the Ontario NDP’s 2011 platform.

Okay. The Ontario NDP’s platform. The Plan for Affordable Change (warning: PDF). Jeez, focus-group that name much? I’m splitting this into the four areas that the ONDP did in the platform, for ease of reference. 1. Making life affordable You mean it’s not? I kid, I kid. Seriously, though: the focus groups are all over ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your midweek reading. – Stephen Gordon weighs in again on the Cons’ census disaster: Many readers may have thought that the census issue was settled last summer; it wasn’t. We haven’t even begun to deal with the consequences of the decision to replace the mandatory long-form census with the voluntary NHS. As ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Christopher Michael points out the real problem underlying the News of the World’s scandalous demise: The Sun is either clairvoyant at predicting the results of British elections, or instrumental in determining them. It has supported the winning side ever since Margaret Thatcher’s victory in 1979. Politicians quickly ...

Trashy's World: Do the banks know something that the rest of us do not?

Seen yesterday at the BMO branch at the corner of Smyth and Russell. Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Accidental Deliberations: On class dynamics

Doug Saunders’ post on the political role of the middle class is certainly worth a read. But I’d think the core theory demands some significant tweaking in figuring out how politics have actually tended to operate: Andy Sumner, a scholar with Britain’s Institute for Development Studies who is working this year at the Washington-based Center ...

Things Are Good: Craft Brewers Revive Local Economies

A bunch of towns in the USA have had to close their manufacturing plants as free trade and the global economy transplant jobs elsewhere. This has left a lot of people unemployed and a lot of warehouse and manufacturing space open. The surplus of space has given a great opportunity to craft brewers whose sales ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Trish Hennessy’s latest Numbers consist of a comparison between Canada and other OECD countries…featuring some great news on the social front: 84 Percentage of Canadians, on average, who report the highest community tolerance of ethnic minorities, migrants, gays and lesbians. Higher than the OECD average of 61 per ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Kai Nagata’s post on why he quit his job as a reporter is well worth a read in full. But let’s particularly note his observations which may apply just as much to many other jobs as to positions in the media (even if the restrictions on public ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Filmmaker Adam Curtis returns with a brilliant new documentary series that explores the ways in which many of our modern ideas and conventionally held beliefs have been perversely shaped by the machines we’ve created. In this episode, Curtis tracks the woefully unintended effects of Ayn Rand’s “objectivist” ideology on the financial markets and technocratic elite ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – I’ll join the seemingly long list of commentators who wouldn’t ever have expected to cite David Brooks, but can’t avoid it based on his latest column: Eldar Shafir of Princeton and Sendhil Mullainathan of Harvard have recently, with federal help, been exploring a third theory, that scarcity produces ...

the reeves report: Thinking about the universe in a post-shuttle world

The Canadarm in action. Coming fast on the heels of Canada’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the official handing over control from Canadian to US armed forces is another milestone ending in Canadian – actually, world – history: the closing of the space shuttle program. Canada has played a significant role in outer space for a ...

Accidental Deliberations: On competing classes

Yes, it’s highly problematic that the Cons are slashing the availability of applications for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada: A little-known clause in instructions Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has issued to slash immigration applications from skilled workers abroad appears to limit related immigration and refugee applications based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. …Mr. Kenney’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – David Green nicely explains the basic choice to be made in determining what type of economy we want to pursue: (T)he basic tenet of the new policy regime – that any increase in wage costs kills jobs and growth – means that the regime cannot deliver good jobs ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Ian Welsh serves up some tough commentary as to whether Canadian voters saddled with unrepresentative and downright destructive governments are merely getting what we deserve: (W)e have selected, to rule our societies, sociopaths at best and psychopaths at worse. They have contempt for those they rule, do ...

Accidental Deliberations: On monstrous effects

One of my personal favourite villains in political theory is the “utility monster”. In response to the utilitarian theory that we can simply sum up citizens’ preferences to determine what policies should be pursued, one of the most obvious counterarguments is to ask what happens when a single person puts so much weight on his ...

World Headlines Review: Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis a Sovereignty Crisis

Greek Parliament, Syntagma Athens – by kouk News outlets around the world have focused heavily on the so-called Greek Sovereign debt crisis this week.  The proposed solution–an IMF loan package requiring “austerity measures” and a fire-sale of public assets–has sparked massive unrest in the capital, where people from all walks of life are decrying a ...