“Power goes to two poles – to those who’ve got the money and those who’ve got the people.” — Saul Alinsky May 1st marks May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, when countless workers across the globe take to the streets to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of a strong labour movement that faced state-sanctioned violence to bring us the 8-hour work day, wages, benefits, and safe working environments, while continuing to hold institutions and governments accountable in what shouldn’t be an uphill battle for fair working conditions and living wages but often is. As a student at Memorial University for the past six years, I am no stranger to the immense contribution workers on our campus make, to allow students to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Despite the crumbling infrastructure due to years of upper level mismanagement, a profound amount of effort goes into keeping classrooms,…
The first version of this satiric parody was written nearly two decades ago by Brian Arden, while he was a member of the board of the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 2018 revisions and updates by Ed Finn. 1. Thou shalt honour Me as your one true God and have faith in my religion of neoliberalism, globalization, free trade, and private ownership. 2. Thou shalt accept the impoverishment of the many and the enrichment of the few, for in my religion avarice is to be valued over social and economic equity, and competition over co-operation. 3. Thou shalt not oppose the decline of democracy. I will permit you the illusion of democracy. You may still vote for and elect parties that purport to be different, but since they now all bow down to Me, it matters not which forms the government. 4. Thy governments shalt provide…
“But far more numerous was the herd of such Who think too little, and who talk too much.” –John Dryden. During the early 1960s, I was assistant editor of The Newfoundland Examiner, a weekly tabloid published in St. John’s. It was a journal launched to provide progressive news and views that were not likely to be found in the province’s conservative media. Our sole reporter was Malcolm (“Mac”) Maclaren, who had earlier emigrated to Newfoundland from England. He and I were boarders in a lodge owned by Mrs. Penny (not her real name), and she became a good friend as well as a good host. One evening, however, her friendship with Mac was sorely tested. She had a dentist’s appointment at 8 o’clock the next morning, but her alarm clock was broken, so she was worried about getting there on time. “Oh, that’s all right, Mrs. Penny,” Mac assured her.…
One of Newfoundland’s most famous intellectuals argues the U.S. President’s election in 2016 offers valuable insight into American politics and society before it’s too late.
Our provincial and post-secondary leaders are playing with a dangerous idea.
Questionable strategy, fractured university community means everyone loses.
How can we explain the continued government inaction in the face of the worst recession since the cod moratorium?
Corporate attacks on the public sector and public employees inflict just as much damage on the private sector.
Why has government ignored all information detailing the potential negative consequences of CETA and gleefully implemented legislation to activate it?
But they plan to survive civilization’s collapse.
Whether or not global plutocracy can be toppled, its billions of victims need immediate help.
Indigenous rights and economic inequality dominated The Independent’s coverage of Muskrat Falls and Budget 2016.
What we need to know about neoliberalism. (Part 3 of 3)
What we need to know about toxic neoliberalism. (Part 1 of 3)
But cutting through the spin doesn’t inspire any greater confidence.
The Belgian regional government had it right all along on the controversial Canada-European Union trade agreement.
A massive change is underway in the west, and a fresh struggle for the soul of the middle class and the nations we call home is upon us.
The focus on xenophobia as the source of Britain’s exit from the EU and the appeal of Donald Trump conveniently ignores the link many Brits and Americans see between our prevailing globalist ideology and extensive job losses and underemployment.
St. John’s songwriter rewrites classic Newfoundland song “The Government Game” in response to the Liberal government’s austerity budget.
The provincial government’s 2016 austerity budget has sparked province-wide outrage and politicized a “whole new generation of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians [who are] not going away.”