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Padlocking the Revolving Door

Posted on August 30, 2018

A couple of days ago, in a National Newswatch piece, I broached a sincere question: Can we actually afford the kind of capitalism we have at present?  There were lots of interesting responses, usually focusing on America as the epi-centre of economic dysfunction. So, it was surprising to read Franklin Foer’s column in the Atlantic yesterday talking about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s take on modern capitalism.  We’ve covered the feisty American senator (Ted Kennedy’s replacement) in previous posts, but with her courageous willingness to talk about the global financial order and its devastating affects worldwide, Warren is merely voicing what millions are thinking. She begins by acknowledging that her Democratic party’s recent flirtation with socialism is infusing a new generation of voters into the process, and…

Capitalism in the Crosshairs

Posted on August 28, 2018

In the midst of what was perhaps Donald Trump’s worst week of his presidency emerged a Gallup poll whose findings got lost in all the political intrigue.  To quote the poll directly: “The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47 percent positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures.  In contrast, 57 percent of Democrats have a positive view of socialism.” This is significant when you think about it.  It’s the first time in over a decade that the favourable view of Democrats concerning capitalism has dipped below 50 percent – lower even than the pessimism that followed the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and Wall Street bailouts. To emphasize…

The Third Place (Chapter 22) – Epilogue

Posted on August 26, 2018

When the story of the Third Place is fully told, it will be what happened in the first twelve months with the Sky Reach collaboration that will be best remembered. The success of the effort was strong enough as to be almost overwhelming.  The community took to the initiative as though they had been waiting for it for years, which I suppose in many ways they had.  The past decade of lost opportunity and sense of hopelessness were quickly being replaced by a firm hope that our city was on its way back. It was shortly after the deal had been struck with Sky Reach that Mrs. Dawson, Finn’s grandmother, died.  It was a sad time for us all.  Though her visits had become increasingly…

The Third Place (Chapter 21) – Putting It All Together

Posted on August 25, 2018

The next few months were a frantic and exciting blur.  While Finn and I worked out the timing for announcing our engagement in two months’ time, Mom and Daisy kept the Third Place running efficiently while Dad worked with community leaders to lay the groundwork for Sky Reach’s investment for vertical farming. This is where Dad was at his best, beginning the entire process by hosting an event at the restaurant for political, economic and civil society leaders. He introduced Aakriti and the team to the group who set about to explain the plan and how it would all serve as a pilot project for what later would become a North American initiative that would likely develop into a global industry. Due to the reputation…

The Third Place (Chapter 20) – Days of Defiance

Posted on August 24, 2018

When they descended the stairs in the morning, Dad and Mom were shocked to spot us seated at the same table Dad had left us at the night before.  We hadn’t slept, and other than an hour-long walk, arrived back at the same table and had come to a number of decisions. Mom poured coffee for the two of them and seated herself with a look of inquisitiveness written across her entire countenance.  She looked at Dad, back at us, and finally confessed, “I have no idea what’s going on here.  You two look like you could use some sleep.” We were surprised to learn that Dad hadn’t spoken to Mom of our talk only a few hours previous. “She was asleep by the…

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