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Economic Democracy

Gary Engler was an elected union officer with Unifor Local 2000, the B.C. Media Union, before retiring in late 2015. Before spending 20 years as a journalist at the [i]Vancouver Sun[/i], Engler began his writing career as a playwright, with works performed at Theatre Calgary and Factory Theatre Lab. He is the author of one novel, [i]The Year We Became Us[/i] (Fernwood 2012). [i]Economic Democracy[/i] focuses on building the working-class alternative to capitalism.

Blog - Economic Democracy June 14
RCMP on display at the Calgary Stampede. Image credit: Pikist.
Gary Engler | Our country has glorified white male warrior, racist colonialism and participated in it at home and abroad. Our laws, our institutions, our foreign policy, our culture have all been affected by it.
Blog - Economic Democracy June 4
Protesters hold an antifa banner in Minneapolis, 2017. Image credit: Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons
Gary Engler | A quick fascism worry checklist based on a definition of fascism by historian Robert Paxton.
Blog - Economic Democracy April 21
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Gary Engler | Gary and Yves Engler, father and son authors, discuss being funny, being serious, cancelled book tours, exploding sacred myths, pandemics, their latest books and writing in the time of COVID-19.
Blog - Economic Democracy February 9
Gary Engler | As long as there have been battles over resources people have objectified and demeaned the “other” but racism was invented to serve the economic interests of European capitalists.
Blog - Economic Democracy April 29
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Gary Engler | Capitalism is asking us to choose between jobs and the future livability of our planet. The good news is there is an alternative.
Blog - Economic Democracy April 14
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Gary Engler | As a retired Unifor member and someone who first worked on an Alberta NDP election campaign in 1971, I am embarrassed by what Dias and Notley are quoted as saying.
Blog - Economic Democracy October 7
Gary Engler | We must build a mass movement to say no to any further expansion of carbon extraction.
Blog - Economic Democracy September 23
Gary Engler | The new system we imagine must get rid of the perverse incentives that result in war, the devastation of our environment and inequality.
Blog - Economic Democracy August 25
Gary Engler | It is critical that we not just condemn capitalism. We also need positive suggestions about how to replace it.
Blog - Economic Democracy August 13
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Gary Engler | There are many reasons to hate a system that produces so much war, destruction of the environment and alienation. Here are ten.
Blog - Economic Democracy July 29
Gary Engler | How could I explain a complicated subject in a simple enough manner that helped my granddaughter learn to think for herself?
Blog - Economic Democracy June 23
Gary Engler | Today’s ultimate practitioners of "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" are giant corporations that dominate the world economy.
Blog - Economic Democracy June 2
Gary Engler | Contrary to what you might assume based on the attacks from certain quarters, Thomas Piketty's new en vogue book does not advocate socialism.
Blog - Economic Democracy May 21
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Gary Engler | We should take away power from the greedy minority and share it amongst all of us. A good name for such a system is economic democracy.
Blog - Economic Democracy April 29
Gary Engler | Unions and environmentalists share a common enemy: an economic system run by and for the wealthiest people in the world.
Blog - Economic Democracy April 7
Gary Engler | To accomplish the great change necessary today requires social labour be recognized for what it is, the common property of all.
Blog - Economic Democracy March 28
Gary Engler | Pity the sycophants of the rich and powerful because they are nothing more than the intellectual prostitutes of an economic system that tries to buy, sell and profit from everything.
Blog - Economic Democracy January 31
Gary Engler | Do you want an equitable, sustainable economy? Then help overthrow capitalism and create an economic democracy.
Blog - Economic Democracy January 5
Gary Engler | Ernie Peshkov-Chow explains how and why capitalism tries to turn us into idiots.
Blog - Economic Democracy December 24
Gary Engler | There is nothing more important than a healthy environment. Without that, all the other fundamentals — food, housing, education, family, leisure, pensions etc. — are at risk.
Blog - Economic Democracy December 16
Gary Engler | The people who will benefit from Mexico's new energy bill know full well that this legislation will be bad for their country. They don't care because they are motivated by greed.
Blog - Economic Democracy December 13
Gary Engler | Saving the planet from global warming and ensuring a future for our grandchildren are powerful incentives for billions of working people to participate in a necessary global movement.
Blog - Economic Democracy December 4
Gary Engler | Those of us who understand that our economy is environmentally unsustainable must challenge the notion that capitalists will solve the problem and offer a vision of an alternative to capitalism.
Blog - Economic Democracy December 3
Gary Engler | Under capitalism the harder and more important the job, the worse it pays. The more pointless and socially unnecessary the work the more cash is thrown at the person.