The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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True Wealth

Posted on December 1, 2011

Of all the callousness. Cheque out this video to catch an idea of just how removed some of the wealthy 1% are from the struggles of average families. At least he claims he’s a member of that elite group, though he didn’t identify himself. Yet his identity was transcended by his naiveté when he blatantly commented to a reporter that he doubted “anyone great” ever came out of the 99%. At a time when poverty and homelessness are at unacceptable levels and when the majority of citizens are either unemployed, partially employed, or fully employed at minimum wage levels with no benefits, this qualifies as one of the most insensitive remarks of the modern era. Veterans without benefits, seniors on fixed pensions, students unable…

Moving On, Not Out

Posted on November 7, 2011

As the days of the Occupy London protest continue, its future remains in a state of flux. The official letter delivered from the City of London last week has served notice that bylaws for Victoria Park will be enforced at some point. There are valid points of argument on both sides, but for the protesters a majority will get to decide how they will handle the veiled ultimatum. However it plays out, here is some friendly advice from someone who has supported the movement from the beginning and wishes it to keep its relevance. Here are some things that could be undertaken to keep the issues alive for which they are protesting. First, show up in solid numbers for the Cenotaph memorial on Remembrance Day.…

The Real Economy Feels The Pain

Posted on November 4, 2011

In his recent article, Andrew Coyne’s rather dubious perspective on the Occupy Wall Street protestors amounted to something of a defence of the economic status quo in Canada. After years of encouraging this country’s leaders to shape up and draw closer to our more powerful neighbour to the south, he unfurled a series of reasonings stating the opposite – we are not America and because of our more sound fiscal protections we should keep our distance during turbulent times. In some senses it’s hard to argue with that logic. What strikes me though is how he completely misses the urgency of the Canadian context and thus the true essence of the Canadian protests. By terming it a “phony class war” he guaranteed himself a…

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 Is Inclusive

Posted on October 25, 2011

I want to talk about “talk.” On Monday I spent an invigorating three hours with Jim Zacchero’s Canadian Studies 2200E class at King’s University College. The students listened respectfully, but you could tell that what they really wanted to dialogue about was the Occupy Wall Street protest. They are captivated by it. After feeling alienated from the system, they found it fascinating to watch people trying to change it through peaceful means. When asked what I thought of it all, I informed them of my agreement and respect for the protests but that it would be wasted effort if these same students didn’t start engaging and being part of the process. To be successful, the Occupy Wall Street movement will have to discover a…

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