The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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No Need For Persuasion

Posted on January 6, 2015

JUST WHEN YOU THINK NATIONAL POLITICS appears firmly cemented into the realm of hyper-partisan and unimaginative policies comes along a candidate who causes us to think different. Sometimes the effect of such a presence is profound, as I discovered over the holidays reading U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s gritty, A Fighting Chance. The New York Times describes the book as, “a potent mix of memoir and policy,” as indeed it is. Her presence in the political dimension is energizing enough to spend more than one post on her influence. She’s rapidly becoming the most captivating political personality in years. Yes, Warren is a Democrat, and, yes, she comes from the progressive spectrum. But she is best described as a populist, as seen in the massive movement of middle-class…

Tom Gosnell: The Gift of Access

Posted on December 10, 2014

FOR MANY, FORMER LONDON MAYOR TOM GOSNELL’S passing came as a shock, but in truth he had been struggling for some time. In numerous coffee shops, offices, homes, over the telephone and online, people shared their thoughts of someone who led this city through some important years and left his mark. So many tributes and memories have been shared in the media that leave a clear sense of the man and his gift for administration and leadership. He cut an imposing figure, but was never small in spirit. He loved the rough and tumble world of sports, but was repeatedly gentle with his colleagues and visitors. Though clearly good at building a team, he nevertheless could stand alone on difficult issues because it was…

Ayodele Adewale – Turning Activism Into a Political Miracle

Posted on September 12, 2014

BEING THE MAYOR OF A TEEMING AND PROBLEMATIC MEGACITY in Africa can’t possibly be easy, and yet Ayodele Adewale has somehow managed it. Now into his second term as the head elected official of Lagos, he has earned the respect of his citizens despite the highly chaotic and dysfunctional national political situation in Nigeria. His city is the second fastest growing metropolis on the continent of Africa and the seventh in the entire world. It’s growing exponentially and requires a mayor who can somehow keep up with it. Adewale has earned a global reputation as a shrewd strategist and diplomat, but what most don’t know is that he isn’t even 40 years old yet. A government bureaucrat and a chemistry major prior to his election,…

Top, Bottom, Inside, Outside

Posted on February 26, 2014

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  So said perhaps the pivotal voice on cities, Jane Jacobs, in her, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I rather prefer Italo Calvino’s observation that, “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” At present, millions of us entertain questions about the places in which we live.  They can be as great as, “Will our city continue to prosper?” to, “When will they plow my street?”  Cities, overall, represent a vast array of intersections between individual and collective designs and pursuits.  Cities are great, but they are remarkably complex…

War and Place

Posted on January 22, 2014

  This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.  I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won.  The richest Nation on earth can afford to win it.  We cannot afford to lose it.  One thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth today can return $40,000 or more in his lifetime. Poverty is a national problem, requiring improved national organization and support.  But this attack, to be effective, must also be organized at the State and the local level and must be supported and directed by State…

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