Here are, in no particular order, my picks for the four best books of 2012 from a progressive economics perspective.
Entries Tagged as 'What We’re Reading'
July 3rd, 2012 · David Macdonald · Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Poverty and Income Inequality, What We're Reading
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Steven Keen’s talk “Canada’s Debt Bubble” on June 28th , 2012 (recorded in full here) The session was jointly sponsored by the new Ontario office of the CCPA, the Progressive Economics Forum and Ryerson University…and what a talk it was!! I immediately purchased Steven’s book Debunking Economics and read it all weekend.
May 3rd, 2012 · Erin Weir · Democracy, Health Care, Poverty and Income Inequality, What We're Reading
The following is another excerpt from Dr. Ryan Meili’s new book, A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, which fellow blogger Greg Fingas has been discussing.
The road to Tevele is red sand and sloppy in the rainy season. The pick- up truck bounces in and out of ruts as we head thirty-some kilometres from Massinga to this out-of-the-way rural community, located between the ocean and Mozambique’s national highway. I am travelling with Dr. Gerri Dickson, director of the Centre for Continuing Education in Health, and two teachers from that institution: Cipriano and Flávia, both of whom studied in Saskatoon as part of their teacher training.
Last week, Travis Fast noted Terry Corcoran’s strained argument that over-regulation of banks is what ails the global economy. Terry’s next column went even further off the deep end, endorsing the hard-money libertarianism of gold bugs like Eric Sprott. Today’s column is a full-blown defence of the US Tea Party.
I have the following response to the gold-bug column in today’s Financial Post:
Good as gold?
Erin Weir, National Post, August 10, 2011
Re: “Making money as good as gold,” Terence Corcoran, Aug. 5.
Staff at the CCPA would like nothing better than to curl up with a good book (or 10) this summer. Since today is the first day of summer, we thought we’d share some of our favourite summer reading suggestions for progressives. What’s on your reading list this summer?
Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, CCPA:
Public Finance, C.F. Bastable, Macmillan and Company, London, England 1932 (3rd edition) and Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman, Penguin 1985.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees has launched a great new blog, Imagine What We Could Do, about the things that Saskatchewan should accomplish by raising resource royalties. It draws upon a Relentlessly Progressive Economic analysis of how the province could collect more royalty revenue and outlines public expenditure priorities for those funds.
A list of sites and articles worth reading:
- CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan explains how “Income splitting won’t help families in need” in her latest Globe and Mail article.
- In his Globe and Mail article, “Not exactly an economic gold medal,” Jim Stanford looks at the Conservatives’ economic track record. He followed that up with a post on the Progressive Economics Forum blog, listing the 60 countries that did better than Canada.
- Dennis Gruending has compiled an extensive and (almost) exhaustive list of organizations and programs that have had funding cut or eliminated by the Harper Government.