Mel Watkins

Mel Watkins is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is Editor Emeritus of This Magazine and a frequent contributor to Peace magazine. He is a member of Pugwash Canada and former President of Science for Peace. Watkins is recipient of the 2008 inaugural Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice awarded by the Progressive Economics Forum. Website: http://www.progressive-economics.ca/author/mel-watkins/

Mel Watkins
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May 19, 2015
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Rachel Notley can lead Alberta out of the carbon trap

Mel Watkins
Alberta was stuck in a 'staple trap': an economic monoculture where a single, profitable resource dominates the economy at the expense of diversification. The NDP can finally bust out of it.
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Nov 17, 2014

What caused the Great War? How about dumb luck?

Mel Watkins
To argue that the First World War was "inevitable," a pre-determined result of some conjuncture of historical forces, is wrong from the very moment of the improbable event that triggered it all.
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Oct 24, 2014

Thomas Piketty and the Great War

Mel Watkins
What can the author of 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' tell us about the First World War and wealth inequality?
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Sep 29, 2014

Francis Pegahmagabow: Marksman of the First World War

Mel Watkins
The most prolific sniper of the First World War was Francis "Peggy" Pegahmagabow, an Ojibwa from the Wasauksing First Nation. His name is often forgotten in histories of the period.
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Sep 16, 2014
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Harold Innis goes to war

Mel Watkins
The famous Canadian historian was deeply touched by the First World War and it affected his career and philosophy for the rest of his life.

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