The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “Adam Smith

On Christmas, Capitalism and Compassion

Posted on December 12, 2018

This past week, we found ourselves transported to the era of Charles Dickens as we attending opening night of the Grand Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.  The inspiration largely came from female lead Jan Alexandra Smith in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.  In a Canadian first, Scrooge was portrayed by a woman, not in the role of a man, but of a seasoned woman fully capable of transformation.  It was a revelation. The Victorian era found Dickens interpreting a world of great wealth, great poverty and the struggle of these two realities in defining society.  Capitalism was undergoing a rapid rise in production, but was plagued by a kind of emerging poverty Dickens wrote about in his Christmas classic. In this past 50 years, much has been made of Adam…

Liberalism – The National Pathology

Posted on August 31, 2010

There are a few things about wealth in this country that we should get our collective head around. The first is that we are more vulnerable to it. From the beginning of time people craved riches but understood that it was never likely to be theirs.   Liberal economics turned all that on its head, and in Canada most people have achieved a standard of living thought impossible only a few decades previous.  The average kitchen that cost $9,000 in 1958 now costs almost $60,000.  In the U.S., the number of vehicles owned between 1969 and the late ‘90s grew by a phenomenal 144%.  More staggering yet is that this figure represents twice the growth of the number of drivers.  In 2003, the U.S. Department…