Energy for Profit or for Service

We are not in a time of business as usual in terms of how we access the energy we need for a functioning society.  The latest report of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that the climate change will not wait for us to delay or backslide.  The Secretary GeneralContinue reading “Energy for Profit or for Service”

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”

Co-operation More Powerful Than Competition

An excerpt from: From Corporate Globalization to Global Co-operation, Page 90 “Neoclassical economics and right wing philosophy would tell us that the most powerful driver in human nature IS individual self-interest in the rational pursuit of maximum wealth for minimal effort. Wouldn’t that mean that co-operatives were just utopian dreams out of touch with whatContinue reading “Co-operation More Powerful Than Competition”

Why are so many people angry?

When the economic elite takes and takes and sets the rules for how the economy works and how trade will benefit them, it destroys hope and produces despair.  Despair is where anger grows.  When those who practice the politics of fear, lies, hatred, violence and revenge find despair and anger they cloth themselves in righteousnessContinue reading “Why are so many people angry?”

Making the Vision visible

  “For example, despite being surrounded by farmland, Marks (Louisiana)  residents had to drive 20 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart just to get fresh vegetables. But Shreveport Federal Credit Union changed all that by organizing local farmers into a worker-owned cooperative, renovating a building, and creating what became the Delta Muletrain Farmers Market.”  James TrimarcoContinue reading “Making the Vision visible”