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Thomas Piketty’s body blow to conventional economic wisdom

Monday, May 26th, 2014

He does not begin by enunciating an abstract theory and then testing it. Rather, he collects a mass of information – the megadata of history of many countries from many sources – graphs it, and looks for patterns. In fact, they virtually leap off the page… in a world where economics has become a veritable servant of power, this could be his greatest contribution.

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Alan Borovoy: a troublemaker who made history

Monday, April 7th, 2014

… as general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association… [At the Barricades] sums up the lessons he has learned, tots up the costs and rewards of speaking out against authority and examines the hurt he caused — and felt — when his principles compelled him to defend widely reviled figures such as neo-Nazi Ernst Zundel and anti-Semite schoolteacher Jim Keegstra in their fights against censorship.

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America’s Taxation Tradition

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

… in the early 20th century, many leading Americans warned about the dangers of extreme wealth concentration, and urged that tax policy be used to limit the growth of great fortunes… America was in danger of turning into a society dominated by hereditary wealth… the New World was at risk of turning into Old Europe… public policy should seek to limit inequality for political as well as economic reasons, that great wealth posed a danger to democracy.

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Searing stories at residential-school hearings come to a close

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The heart-breaking accounts – almost all videotaped – will now form part of a lasting record of one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history… For many, being able to tell their stories was at once cathartic and a validation… The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, under Justice Murray Sinclair, visited more than 300 communities after it began hearings in Winnipeg in June 2010.

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Alan Borovoy, the man who was right

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Over the course of the past few decades’ most divisive and closely contested struggles for civil rights and social justice in Canada… Alan Borovoy, best known for his 40-year role as general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association… [has published] a surprisingly elegant cross-genre fusion of legal history, political analysis and riveting memoir…

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The Wealth of Canadians: How much, in the hands of how few?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

… wealth was generally much more equally distributed by the mid-20th century than it had been in the pre-industrial era and the late 19th century. The share of all wealth held by the top 10 per cent in rich countries is typically very high, at 60 to 70 per cent, but this is still well below late-19th-century levels of 80 to 90 per cent… the rising ratio of wealth to GDP, combined with increasing inequality in the distribution of wealth since about 1970, may bring us back to the extreme economic inequality of the Victorian era

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How globalization has left the 1 per cent even further ahead

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The threshold to reach the top 1 per cent in 2010 was $201,400, while the median income in the middle of the 1-per-cent pack was $283,400 and the average income of 1 per centers was $429,600… The vast majority of those in the 1 per cent – 88 per cent – work in five broad occupation groups: management (39 per cent), health care (14 per cent); business and finance (14 per cent); education, law, community and government service (11 per cent) and natural and applied sciences (10 per cent).

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Inequality, the byproduct of progress

Monday, October 14th, 2013

… incomes are hardly the only measure of our quality of life. First-rate public education and health care mean that Canadians, regardless of income, are relatively more equal than almost any people in the world. Most of the goods and services we buy are relatively cheaper and more reliable than ever. In general, our lives are richer, even when our pay stubs seem smaller. What most often gets omitted in discussions about growing income inequality within rich countries, however, is the extraordinary and corresponding increase in global living standards.

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A Canadian genocide in search of a name

Friday, July 19th, 2013

It is time for Canadians to face the sad truth. Canada engaged in a deliberate policy of attempted genocide against First Nations people. And the starvation experiments were only the first of a litany of similar such attempts to control, delegitimize and, yes, even annihilate First Nations to suit the needs of a growing Dominion… a genocide that began at the time of first contact and that was still very active in our own lifetimes; a genocide… no longer in search of historical facts.

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Placing #IdleNoMore in Historical Context

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Jan. 4, 2012
#IdleNoMore is an explicitly non-violent movement, which accounts for its relatively wide spectrum of both Native and non-Native support at the moment… However, if the life of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues to be recklessly put in jeopardy… I predict that the spectre of political violence will re-emerge in Indigenous peoples’ collective conversations about what to do next.

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