The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “financial failure

Layers

Posted on November 21, 2011

How does it feel when you hear billionaire Warren Buffett state, “Actually, there’s been class warfare going on for the last 20 years, and my class has won?” Though he was bemoaning that eventual outcome, it still stings to hear the words. The subject of class warfare is now being introduced increasingly into conversations, but it’s likely we’re not there – yet. Political stagnation and economic elitism have actually created a state of indifference. Citizens are cynical, slow in coming to terms with a future that might not be as prosperous as hoped. They are not angry enough to demand change, yet grow increasingly fretful over their financial future. This is especially true of the young, who now envision futures more characterized by poverty…

The Voices

Posted on October 26, 2011

From both north and south Sudan they journeyed to Nairobi, Kenya to take on a system they could hardly comprehend. They were the average women of a beleaguered nation that had been in war too long. While peace talks were taking place nearby between northern and southern leaders, these women settled themselves in public places and attempted to use their traditionally insignificant voices to request reason from those very leaders. It had been over 20 years and the peace they had enjoyed in earlier years was broken, seemingly beyond repair. This was back in 2005, and I interviewed some of the women. What struck me at the outset was their sheer determination that they would not leave Nairobi until they were heard respectfully by…

The Real Economy Responds To Its Citizens

Posted on October 21, 2011

Respect for Parliament has declined to such a state that few can speak about it with any kind of esteem. But that’s not the worst part. Within the House itself, and now by extension to the Senate, many politicians are in danger of losing their own self-respect because they exist in a party system that is forever demonizing opponents instead of working to discover cooperative methods of bringing the most relief possible to struggling families across the country. Doing the party’s bidding in this way reduces an MP to a false caricature of who they really are. Everyone loses in that scenario. Good and decent politicians have fallen on hard times and understand instinctively that respect for what they do is dwindling. As citizens…

  

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