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Breaking: Capitalism actually widens economic disparities

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty
(Belknap Press,
2014;
$39.95)

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Thomas Piketty's, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is a sensation -- an economics textbook, translated from the French, that has been on The New York Times Best Seller list. It is an important work. If you ignore more than 100 pages of notes, it is still a long, but easy read.

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June 11, 2014 |
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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.

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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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The Supermarket
268 Augusta Avenue (Kennsington Market)
Toronto , ON
Canada

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.

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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.

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Stand UP! for economic justice

In this first installment of the rabble.ca 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.

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