The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Trade of Another Kind

Posted on October 2, 2018

One could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when news emerged yesterday of a tentative NAFTA deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.  Technically, Donald Trump wants it renamed to the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – or USMC.”   Credit must be given to the negotiators from all three nations who were at it for a year despite obvious hurdles. While citizens, pundits, economists and journalists work diligently to dissect the deal, it is essential to keep in mind that it is taking place in a larger global trading arena that’s in the early stages of transformation.  While the American president seeks to fundamentally alter the world’s trade balance in his favour, other economic players are increasingly cooperating in a fashion that seeks to circumvent…

Election 2015: Politicians Should Understand Precarious Work

Posted on October 1, 2015

IT’S A TOPIC THAT SEEMS to be all around us. Economists, social activists, researchers, corporate execs, educators, media commentators, labour researchers – all of these have spent the last few years focusing on “precarious work” as an omnipresent reality in each of our communities. That’s also true for my own city, London. Tomorrow morning, at King’s University College, there is a conference on this very issue featuring two noted Canadian economists. You can find out more about it here. The more people attending events such as these, the quicker we’ll start asking ourselves if temporary or precarious work is the kind of future we want in Canada. The future of work itself is increasingly occupying Canadian conversations, but not in the political realm, even…

Preparing For Survival

Posted on October 15, 2013

It wasn’t all that long ago that even Friedrich Engels spoke of how wealth could lift the economic burden from millions: Anarchy in social production is replaced by systematic, definite organization.  The struggle for individual existence disappears.  Then for the first time man, in a certain sense, is finally marked off from the rest of the animal kingdom, and emerges from mere animal conditions of existence into really human ones … It is the ascent of man from the kingdom of necessity to the kingdom of freedom.”  What can we say to all this now?  In a generation we have gone from thinking that wealth would increase in dramatic terms and that jobs would be available for everybody.  The first part has become the…

The City We Dream Of

Posted on January 21, 2012

The following is my column for the London Free Press on the day of the massive Electro Motive rally in London. It’s been almost 50 years, but Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech has endured as one of the great seminal moments in U.S. history and consequently provided global inspiration. What few recall is King’s peerless oration was placed at a key moment in a larger campaign called the “March for Jobs and Freedom.” In those pivotal days, for the black person it was just as much about jobs as liberty. King spoke not only of his children being judged by the “content of their character,” but also that the black man and the white man could work side by side…

  

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