Over the past 30 years, the benefits of economic growth in Canada, the
US and much of the rest of the world, have gone increasingly to the top
one percent of the population. For the majority of families, however,
incomes have stagnated. This rise in inequality coincided with a sea
change in government policy. Beginning in the 1980s, governments in much
of the English-speaking world embarked on what has been called the
neoliberal revolution - deregulation, privatization and tax cuts, aimed
at liberating markets and stimulating the economy. The rising tide was
supposed to lift all boats, but it didn't. Jill Eisen
explores what happened.
was originally broadcast on Ideas in January 2012 and broadcast on Ideas in the Afternoon in May 2012. The 3-part series is being re-broadcast on July 11, 18 & 25.
ResourcesLeft-Behind ParticipantsNeil Brooks
, professor of tax law and policy at Osgood Hall Law School, and co-author of The Trouble With Billionaires
, Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University and former clerk of the Privy Council.Robert Frank
, professor of economics at Cornell University and author of The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition and the Common Good
, columnist for Harpers Magazine and author of Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
, president of The Conference Board of Canada.James Laxer
, professor of Political Science at York University and author of Beyond The Bubble: Imagining a New Canadian Economy
, columnist for the Toronto Star and co-author of The Trouble With Billionaires
, former US Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and author of Aftershock: The New Economy and America's Future
, professor of economics and McGill University and columnist for The National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Richard Wilkinson
, epidemiologist and author of The Spirit Level: Why Equality if Better for Everyone. Related WebsitesCanadian Centre for Policy AlternativesCanadians for Tax FairnessConference Board of CanadaOccupy Toronto
Note: You can find occupy web sites for cities all across Canada by typing occupy (city) in you browser. Occupy Wall StreetThe Equality Trust
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