Articles Tagged ‘Austerity’

  • Canada’s Austerity Consensus

    Canadian Politics

    A consensus that has emerged over decades will not be broken easily. While putting a single man’s face to it may be useful to start the conversation, we will need to go further, examining the systemic challenges that prevent a parting with austerity — whether the slow-simmering kind Canadians are now experiencing, or sharper variants.

  • Fighting austerity in Québec is tied to Canada and colonialism

    Social Movements

    Cracks in the fatality of austerity are quickly spreading outward on the streets in Montréal. Thousands and thousands are actively joining a growing grassroots protest movement that is bold, broad and powerful.

  • The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes

    Education

    Will collectively produced wealth be used to enable students to work and learn free from the burden of wondering how to pay the rent, or will it be siphoned of by tax cuts, leaving students to pay a higher bill for access to institutions whose priorities are less and less determined by academics and students and more by unaccountable owners of money-value wealth?

  • Eyewitness Greece: The SYRIZA factor in European politics

    Europe

    Supporting and breaking out of the bridgehead against neoliberalism that SYRIZA has created in Greece is therefore a race against time, a race in immediate terms to give breadth, depth and higher degrees of organisation to the anti-austerity alternative in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and France.

  • The Fight Against Street Deaths in Toronto

    Canadian Politics

    If people are allowed to freeze to death for lack of basic shelter then we have moved beyond reduced entitlement and arrived at a situation of reckless and lethal social abandonment.

  • Can we put the brakes on austerity?

    Canadian Politics

    It’s one of the oldest scripts in the political playbook: Once elected, you discover — horror of horrors — that the previous government has been hiding just how bad the financial situation is. This requires the new government to take radical measures to cut expenses, something that Philippe Couillard’s Liberals would have mentioned during the election campaign… if only they had known.

  • The Greek Election

    Europe

    As we enter the eighth year of the long-lingering global economic crisis, it is sobering indeed that it is only in Greece that a political party putting forward a clear, radical democratic alternative to the perverse policies of neoliberal austerity stands on the doorstep of entering the state.

  • Greece: The Dilemmas of Democratic Socialism

    Greece is experiencing a triple crisis which has a profound impact on the economy, society and political system. The economy has experienced a deep, prolonged depression lasting six years and continuing.

  • Beyond the Economic Crisis: The Crisis In Trade Unionism

    Discussions on the left about the economy might be summarized as warning that things are going to get a lot worse before they get…worse. This is not just a matter of the sustained attacks on the labour movement but as much a reflection of the crisis within labour.

  • Pensions and the Detroit Bankruptcy

    Globalization

    Many business-oriented commentators blame urban corruption and incompetence, poor investment decisions by auto companies, and pensions cast as too generous. While there is always a grain of truth to some of those claims, they have little to do with the underlying causes of the decline of cities like Detroit.

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