The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Posted on May 15, 2014

FOR THOSE POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL LEADERS who don’t necessarily like hearing that the status quo is under deep suspicion by citizens, communities, and groups worldwide, here are a couple of other headaches for you. Your problems are growing. Universities have always been seedbeds of reform and activism, but many will be surprised to learn that on campuses across Europe, in Tel Aviv, and New York, students of economics have gained ground in raising their opposition to their peers and mentors who feel that their field is a science and that there is little can be done. Not so, says the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics – a fancy name but with a gutsy mandate. We want to ultimately create a space in which…

Kellogg’s – We’re Not Done Yet

Posted on December 13, 2013

I LOOKED UP SO SEE FOUR PEOPLE coming down our driveway.  They introduced themselves, but it’s what they said next that set the tone: “We’re from Kellogg’s.” They were insecure but had lots to say about wanting me back in politics, about the corporate agenda, about what this community has meant to them.  And then, sadly: “Glen, how do we get help from the food bank when the time comes?” This is rapidly becoming the state of modern community life – people who helped arrange food drives at Kellogg’s were now going to require some of that very food themselves.  This is no way to run a society, and nor is it any way to treat people who built our cities and regions.  Sadly,…

Who Says the Rich Create the Wealth?

Posted on November 14, 2013

Like many of you, I really get into TED talks – the series of brief videos that run the gamut of everything we find interesting in this world.  And more and more of these talks have been centering on the idea of income inequality and its effects on nations around the world.  It’s the old argument about the 1% and the rest, but with an increasing number of economists and researchers weighing in on how it destroys our capacity to grow and respond as citizens, companies, and nations. Venture capitalist and millionaire entrepreneur, Nick Hanauer, wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg News that went hyper-viral.  It talked about how it’s not the wealthy that create jobs and prosperity but the delicate link between companies and…

Fishtown

Posted on November 5, 2013

Ever heard of Fishtown?  Charles Murray, author of “The Bell Curve,” has been arguing for as long as people would listen that poverty involves much more than just an economic predicament.  The longer people are trapped in it, he reasons, the more poverty drains the moral and ethical depths of modern society.  He believes it all started in the 1960s, when fundamental trusts – self-restraint, family, personal responsibility, faith, politics and country – began to be undermined.  The result has been a kind of social deterioration that situates people living in poverty beyond the normal restraints of low-income and in depleted communities that no longer have the resolve to deal with such situations in the complex manner they deserve.  Just providing even a basic…

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…

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