In honour of the Occupy 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.
The Council of Canadians supports the Occupy movement. The world-wide occupations seek to draw attention to the corporate control of our economy, and the resulting wealth inequalities.
We know it's been a while since we talked; it's not that we haven't wanted to, it's just that things keep coming up. Plus we keep hearing how busy you are, working harder and longer.
This is not the stuff of usual protests. Over the past month, a little idea from a Vancouver outfit has mushroomed into a cross-continent movement.
The Occupy Wall Street protests hinge on injustice, in particular a malaise with an economic system that has brought us inequality and the rise of the super-rich. But surely that is just the U.S.?
Occupy Wall Street has shone new light on the growing gap between the richest 1 per cent and the rest of us. But that's the U.S. right? Surely, our reality is different, eh? Think again.
Gerry Caplan and Amanda Grzyb
Has the revolution finally arrived? Chances are you hadn't heard of the Occupy Wall Street movement three weeks ago, when a few hundred activists first occupied a park in Manhattan.
Wall Street is "occupied." What do they want, those protesters and their sympathizers? It is blindly obvious what the Wall Street occupiers and ordinary people all around the world want.
We all know that the wages and compensation individuals receive in private competitive markets reflects their productivity, unless pesky unions and government regulations get in the way.
A spectre is haunting Europe -- and the United States. That spectre: the proposition that the time has come to stop borrowing billions of dollars every year in order to give it to rich people.