Lessons from COVID 19 – Co-operating makes a Better World

What are the most important things to remember as this earth-shaking pandemic rolls through our communities?  The first is that every life is a sacred trust to be protected.  That the dignity of every person is to be respected.  These are not lofty and abstract ideas but ones that face us every day.  Especially duringContinue reading “Lessons from COVID 19 – Co-operating makes a Better World”

Alberta and Canada: When Democracy Gets Sacrificed

We live in a quasi-democracy.  And it is eroding.  The October 21st unreformed election was simply not fair for at least half of those who voted.  The reality:  One Liberal MP for every 37,681 votes for the party; One Conservative MP for every 50,873 votes; One NDP MP for every 118,717 votes; One Green oneContinue reading “Alberta and Canada: When Democracy Gets Sacrificed”

Alberta and Canada: A Public Policy Failure in Process?

Canada faces huge, long term, destabilizing challenges.  Inequality of wealth is soaring.  The richest 87 Canadian families own as much as 12 million average Canadian income earners while Alberta gives tax breaks to the rich and cuts services to the poor. While much of the world surges ahead developing renewable energy and post fossil fuelContinue reading “Alberta and Canada: A Public Policy Failure in Process?”

Corporate Imposed Taxes and How they Reduce Our Quality of Life

The word ‘markups’ does not arouse the same emotions as taxes and profits.  But markups are an important and little understood form of ‘taxation’.  When a business sells something, it takes the cost of either making it or buying it and adds a markup.  The markup can be low for high volume goods and services,Continue reading “Corporate Imposed Taxes and How they Reduce Our Quality of Life”

Why Do Our Governments Act Like Subsidiaries of the Oil Companies?

What happens to a society when a commodity and those who have been made rich by it takes control of economic and political decision making?  What happens when commercial benefit tops the interest of the vast majority of citizens?  The result is that rational evidence based decision making is thrown out the window.  Decisions getContinue reading “Why Do Our Governments Act Like Subsidiaries of the Oil Companies?”

Are Co-operatives Likely to Build a Better World? (1)

The trends sketched out In Chapter 1 of From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation: We owe it to our grandchildren are daunting.  That said, the co-operative business model offers a healthier alternative.  It does not drive the worst trends.  Credit unions did not create the bad mortgages and worthless derivatives that caused to 2008 collapseContinue reading “Are Co-operatives Likely to Build a Better World? (1)”

Everyone Welcome – March 15

With Author Tom Webb Thursday 15 March 2018, 7:00PM to 8:30PM – Room 132, Beveridge Arts Center (BAC) Acadia University 10 Highland Ave., Wolfville, N.S.    Exploring Public Policy – Hosted by the Kings South NDP Abstract From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation explores some of the interconnected and disturbing trends facing our world andContinue reading “Everyone Welcome – March 15”

Rewording the trickle down theory

“The “trickle-down” theory: the principle that the poor, who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, can best be served by giving the rich bigger meals.” William Blum, US author and journalist If you like this definition you might also like his book: Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World WarContinue reading “Rewording the trickle down theory”