There were few in Ottawa inner circles resisting Paul Martin's deep spending cuts as Finance Minister, but one strong dissenting voice came from Douglas Peters, who died last week at the age of 86.
What should "pressing the reset button" look like for a government that is mid-term, purporting to be "activist" in its approach and less than two years away from a general election?
Progressive change does not happen by accident. It requires dedication and a tremendous investment to take on the development of alternative models of How Things Should Work.
Any teacher will tell you that appreciation coming from the kids is a great motivator. But it'd be nice if we also got it from the government that employs us.
The stories we tell are often a reflection of how we survive as humans and that idea is no more evident than in Arabian Nights, the sprawling epic on austerity by Portugal's Miguel Gomes.
It's fascinating how easily the government and its neoliberal cheerleaders transformed a much-needed discussion of Nova Scotia's "revenue problem" into a rationale for still more cuts.
Progressive author and scholar Michael Parenti discusses his most recent book, "Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies" and the ongoing global struggle against austerity.
Why is our current crop of Canadian political leaders trapped in a rhetorical box of "sound finance" that will merely guarantee our economy will remain stuck in a state of secular stagnation?
Imagine 16th-century geocentrists being shown proof that the earth actually revolved around the sun, and dismissing the new science as fuddleduddlery. This is the world in which austerians live.
Kicking off the election campaign, Harper proclaimed that "this October Canadians will choose security over risk." The question is, of course, what kind of security and risk are we talking about?