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Day School: Understanding and Fighting Austerity

Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 10:30am - 5:00pm


Ryerson Student Union
63 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 29.3004" N, 79° 22' 41.7324" W

What are some of the forces that are driving the current crisis? How is it pushing forward the agenda of business and governments to get working people and our organizations to tighten our belts and accept their calls for austerity? What forms is resistance taking around the world? What are the strengths and limitations of that resistance and what can we learn from it? With the Ford administration's plans to cut social services, dramatically increase privatization and attack the rights of municipal workers, what do we have to do to resist? How must we change the way we have been doing things in our communities and unions in order to prevent our isolation and loss of our livelihoods and key services?

| October 18, 2011
| October 16, 2011

Canada's billionaires

Just in time for the "Occupy Bay Street" protest this weekend, Canadian Business magazine has come out with its annual listing of the richest 100 people in Canada. So in honour of the protesters and their noble cause (demanding more attention to the 99 per cent, instead of the 1 per cent), let's peruse together the sordid details of Canada's ultra-rich.

Indeed, if there wasn't already a grass-roots surge of outrage against the excesses and privilege of the wealthy, this magazine alone could spark one. It is so unself-conscious and uncritical in its slavish reporting of the wonders of wealth, that one wonders if Canadian Business's editors have any awareness whatsoever of how most human beings actually live.

| October 14, 2011
| October 14, 2011
| October 12, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement refers to a series of protests currently underway in New York City's Zuccotti Park -- formerly known as Liberty Square Plaza. Since the demonstrations commenced on September 17, 2011, the "occupy" movement has spread to cities across the United States. Similar protests are also slated for a number of Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.

The focus of the demonstrations remains protesting against corporate greed and economic inequality.

Many of the movement's organizers have cited the Arab Spring as their inspiration.


| October 5, 2011

Challenging the private credit system: Who's bailing whom?

The time since 2008 has been a crucial historical moment for progressive economists to pull back the green curtain that surrounds the operation of the for-profit banking system, and expose that system for what it is: a government-protected, government-subsidized license to print money.

The problem is, as soon as you start saying things like that, people conclude you are some kind of wacked-out conspiracy theorist nut-bar. It sounds insane to claim that private banks have a license to create money out of thin air. As John Kenneth Galbraith put it, "The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled."

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