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13
Jun
Who are the one per cent & do they matter?

Who are the one per cent & do they matter?

Talk about the almost legendary one per cent has been a staple of political debate and social commentary since the rise and eclipse of the Occupy movement.
Joseph Stiglitz, the left leaning economist, appears to have been the first person to use that phrase in a Vanity Fair article in 2011. Not the place one might have expected to see the launch of a radical movement.

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30
May
Media echoes & the Justin phenom

Media echoes & the Justin phenom

Many people in an increasingly complex society have problems explaining what they do for a living.
Remember the scene in The Bonfire of the Vanities where Sherman McCoy is forced by his wife (on whom he has cheated) to explain to his daughter his job as a bond broker.

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16
May
Edward Cornwallis, British aristo-twit

Edward Cornwallis, British aristo-twit

When you hear the name Edward Cornwallis, what is your first thought?
Today probably, his issuing an edict to pay bounty for aboriginal scalps, an edict that apparently was never acted on. But it has caused Cornwallis, perhaps not quite fairly, to be seen as an advocate of genocide.

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02
May
I take the PBS Trump Bubble Test

I take the PBS Trump Bubble Test

In 2013, the conservative American political scientist Charles Murray wrote Coming Apart, in which he describes how America is becoming two nations: a relatively (at times very) affluent cosmopolitan economic/cultural/media elite with mostly intact families; and a lower class that is losing good blue collar jobs and is less attached to stable families.

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18
Apr
Speech, speeech!

Speech, speeech!

A couple of columns on the CBC website, by CBC reporter Neil Macdonald and by former Nova Scotia NDP finance minister Graham Steele, speak to the quality and relevance of many current political speeches. As it happens, I have firsthand experience with the process behind government speeches.

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