Articles Tagged ‘Austerity’

  • The Ontario Election isn’t about Deficits, and that’s a good thing

    Canadian Politics

    How big is your deficit? This Ontario election, no one seems to care. There is more and more light sneaking through the widening cracks in Canada’s austerity consensus. Hopefully, it will shine not only on the latest vote-buying scandal or bout of red-baiting but hit upon some of the big questions of economic policy. Here, the relevant question is not “how big is your deficit,” but “who will it benefit?” Or, put most expansively, “how are you going to transform the economy?”

  • The Very Best Day

    Europe

    In the forthcoming election on March 18th, what is actually on offer is not the election of a peacetime president, but of a Supreme Commander; the type of leader who, in wartime, like Churchill or Stalin, cannot promise anything else but “blood, sweat and tears.” The figure of Putin, as it were, rises above economic and social policy, thereby transferring that obligation to the competence of government technocrats. Putin is the leader of the nation, primarily responsible for issues of war and peace.

  • Ontario NDP has no answers for Toronto’s homeless death crisis

    Canadian Politics

    There’s no reason why this needs to be viewed as a crisis only for the currently poor, either. The economic shifts and the effects of austerity described by research coalition Homeless Hub, affect all working people in Toronto. In Globalization, Precarious Work and the Food Bank, Lightman, Mitchell and Herd write that with the onset of grinding austerity brought about by the Common Sense Revolution in 1995 , the number of food bank users in Toronto jumped from 115,000 to 170,000.

  • Monetary Imperialism

    Economic Crisis

    The most destructive fiction of international finance is that all debts can be paid, and indeed should be paid, even when this tears economies apart by forcing them into austerity. Yet European countries, and especially Germany, have shied from pressing for a more balanced global economy that would foster growth for all countries and avoid the current economic slowdown and debt deflation.

  • Healthcare cuts display contempt for working Manitobans

    Canadian Politics

    As Pallister swings the axe in the spirit of cost savings, many Manitobans are concerned about the breadth of change to some of their most cherished services. What’s at stake is nothing less than the foundation of a healthy and equitable society, one in which ‘efficiencies’ matter less than the imperative of providing higher quality care for all, without exceptions.

  • Norwegian Elections: Another Right-Wing Victory, and a Serious Labour Defeat

    Europe

    Maybe the Norwegian election is just another sign that the era of social democracy is now coming to an end. All those, all over the world, who have been looking at the Nordic Model as their final aim, may have to rethink and reassess their policies and strategies. But who on the left can now provide us with a class policy with perspective?

  • Believe it’s a new French Revolution? Hold your horses

    Europe

    At all times we must be wary of fake Leopard-esque changes, which are sold to us at the time of popular unrest by the rich as ‘revolutions.’ Sometimes, they’re not easy to spot. But here’s an excellent tip. Genuine revolutions can never be led by neoliberal pro-austerity investment bankers who attend Bilderberg conferences and whose successes are toasted by David Miliband and George Osborne.

  • The 2017 Ontario NDP Convention: Lessons Learned, Steps Forward

    Canadian Politics

    In June 2014, The Ontario NDP wrapped up a fairly disappointing election. While the results on the surface were acceptable for Andrea Horwath and the ONDP—maintaining their 2011 seat total, and adding one percent of the popular vote—the end result was a Liberal majority government built on the relative collapse of Progressive Conservative support, which was driven by strategic voters looking to reject the politics of extreme austerity.

  • Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

    Economic Crisis

    What we really need is an intergenerational alliance to be forged around the issue. Any attempt to protect the right to retire (with a pension) will also have to address the dire developments in the employment sector that are seriously disadvantaging younger people and now creeping into jobs held by 40-somethings too. Can this cross-generational solidarity be built?

  • Bursting at the Seams

    Human Rights

    This video had it’s premiere outside the building where Toronto’s Mayor John Tory lives in somewhat better circumstances. News coverage by NOW, and pictures. See “Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap” and living wage news. Created by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), Sanctuary and a group of activists and filmmakers.

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