Harper’s magazine, in its June issue, reports on a panel of former soldiers that it convened at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, New York. They were all veterans of wars waged by the U.S. over the past 30 years, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan, or stationed in some of the nearly 800 military bases … Continue reading Why is the United States always fighting a war somewhere? Could it be because war is profitable?
It is depressingly ironic that, while many other countries are steadily switching from fossil fuels to clean and renewable sources of energy, Canada’s federal and provincial governments squabble over building yet another pipeline to British Columbia -– one that, with the existing Trans-Mountain pipeline, would nearly triple the delivery capacity from 300,000 barrels of oil … Continue reading Canada far behind other countries in switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources
Most Canadians today are not financially prepared for retirement. According to recent polls, over two-thirds of us (68%) don’t have a retirement plan, 30% have paltry or no savings, and 62% end up retiring earlier than they expected or wanted. The Broadbent Institute, in a recent study, found that half of Canadian couples between 55 … Continue reading Sparse retirement savings, skimpy public pensions, pro-company bankruptcy laws cause a pension crisis
Brian Arden and Ed Finn Thou shalt honour Me as your one true God and have faith in my religion of neoliberalism, globalization, free trade, and private ownership. 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 … Continue reading The Capitalist God’s 10 Commandments
This is a letter to the editor that I recently sent to the National Post newspapers. They didn’t bother to tell me why they declined to publish it, but I suppose it was because of its “excessive” length. They have a procrustean tendency to either truncate submissions to fit their editorial “bed” or simply toss … Continue reading A Letter to the Editor
In a town where Catholic children were not so much taught religion as indoctrinated with it, I always found it difficult to equate the catechism and the commandments with my sense of logic. So did many other kids. But if we dared question any of the farfetched tales from the Bible, the priests and nuns … Continue reading Mary and the Confessional: An excerpt from my memoirs
“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 … Continue reading Communication is complicated in the modern Tower of Babel