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Europe disenchanted: After the European Parliament elections

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The great French poet Victor Hugo speaking to an international peace conference in 1849 called for the establishment of a United States of Europe. With the blood hardly dry after World War II ended in Europe in 1945, a group of French thinkers, notably Jean Monnet, drew up plans for European economic co-operation.

Exploring the degrowth alternative: A conversation with authors Richard Swift and Wayne Ellwood

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm


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Toronto , ON

The world's addiction to economic growth continues with barely any recognition that this is a problem. People are crying out for an alternative but are continually told that one does not exist. Wayne Ellwood (author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Degrowth) joins Richard Swift (author of S.O.S: Alternatives to Capitalism) in a discussion about the alternative of economic degrowth.


Capitalism, oligarchy and the new economic order

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What Is Stephen Harper Reading? That was the title of a book Yann Martel wrote in 2011. He wrote it as a compilation of recommended readings he sent bi-monthly to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. I know it is a bit late but I wish Martel had included among those titles Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the newly released book authored by French economist Thomas Piketty.

As an economist by training, Stephen Harper would be interested in reading what Thomas Piketty has to say about capitalism and the threat that rising inequality is representing for the whole economic system.

Stand UP! for economic justice

In this first installment of the series UP! Canadian labour rising, Duncan Cameron reflects on why the labour movement is more important than ever.

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UP! Fighting for economic justice for all

The first Canadian Labour Congress convention was held 58 years ago, before most of the delegates to its 27th convention this month were born. It was an all-important event in working class history, as until then Canadian labour movement unity had proven elusive.


April 21, 2014 |
Discussions about the economy shouldn’t be dominated by banks and corporations. Join the conversation about how the economy can work for Canadian workers, our families, and our communities.
| February 25, 2014

'Profiting Without Producing' stands to restrain finance and fight for socialism

Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All

by Costas Lapavitsas
(Verso Books,

Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas' new book Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All, delving into the elusive world of finance, that place where fortunes are made seemingly out of nothing, but with such dramatic impact on the world economy. Lapavitsas tackles one of the most innovative and perhaps most controversial concepts in political economy: financialization. Aaron Leonard recently corresponded with professor Lapavitsas via email to ask him about his new book and its wider implications.


January 17, 2014 |
Canada has not seen the kind of energized and far-reaching calls and protest movements for raising the minimum wage as in the states, the working poor in this country face similar difficulties.

Economics, labour and the miseducation of Stephen Harper and Tim Hudak

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Tim Hudak is a great example of the damage a good education can do. So is Stephen Harper. Both are products of university economics departments in the late 20th century. Each has a proud MA in the field. Like their American cognate -- Paul Ryan -- they've chosen to implement economic policy with no or little experience in the work world. Hudak worked briefly at a low level for Walmart; almost an internship. Since then -- all politics.

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