Comments on: Do things look different from north of the border? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: PierreMontagne Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:13:49 +0000 With all due respect Freeland is operating upon egregious assumptions abut Mr. Martin the former primeminister of Canada.
Mr. Martin as do so many of today’s elite represents extremem Liberal Fascism. Take other peoples taxes and hand it out for votes as generously as possible. Former Prime minister Martin moved all of his vast Canadian Fiancial holdings “Off Shore”. So he can wax eloquent in supporting the complaints of the “OW’s” becsuse tax wise in Canada Mr. Martin if virtually unassailable.
Mr. Zedillo is also cut from the extreme Liberal cloth but for a differnt reason. He sees the only future hope for Mexico and his family is via a Fascist power block that can literaly execute the Narco Czars into oblvion. A task impossible under Mexico’s present Constitution.

By: MJGSimple Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:51:46 +0000 “.. real democracies are built on much broader bases …”

It is amazing to me that someone who makes a statement like this fails to understand the simple fact that America is straying very far from a “real” democracy.

It is true, there are many who agree with the principles of OWS, “elite” or otherwise. The difference lies in action. How many of the “elite” do you see stepping up to drive change for the betterment of society as a whole?

By: Shukla Thu, 10 Nov 2011 03:54:32 +0000 you 2 trying to work out a relationship by exchanging letters over reuters!?

By: OneOfTheSheep Thu, 10 Nov 2011 01:54:07 +0000 ood Grief.

This “art dealer” claims common cause with “Martin and Zedillo’s” views which he describes as favoring “…equal opportunities over equal outcomes…” and “…no problems with financial, professional, and social rewards based on merit.” He proudly boasts of “…good relations with a significant number of Canada’s “elite” (as defined by money), and [has] only heard sneering, disparaging remarks about OWS from a couple…”

The clear inference is that these good people support OWS simply because they do not publicly “sneer” and “disparage”. I strongly disagree. The “inconvenient truth” would seem to be that those comprising OWC seem to prefer equal outcomes over equal opportunities, and are demonstrably unhappy that superior skills in the financial, professional, and social arenas (i.e. “…based on merit”) likely separate those that still have jobs and a life versus those camping out in public asking that such be given them simp[ly because they live and breathe.

This makes me seriously wonder if the deficit is in comprehension of the subject matter or individual intelligence when such obvious discord is compressed together like tofuturkey. Is there such a thing as intellectual indigestion?

By: Bob9999 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:36:06 +0000 The reality (unfortunate to me, as an American) is that Canada is probably the last-bastion of what we used to think of as “American,” Norman Rockwell-style values.

By: guest_who Wed, 09 Nov 2011 18:15:41 +0000 Thousands of years of history repeating itself. Unfortunately, the ones who will pay the price and suffer the most won’t gain much. Thousands of years of promises to educate people will remain unfulfilled, as always. Revolutions are a temporary setback to the powerful. Education is a more permanent threat to their status. Everyone is happy.

By: mind_emergent Wed, 09 Nov 2011 12:54:58 +0000 A number of prominent members of the financial community are supportive of the Occupy movement.

John Hussman wrote an article: 0.htm

Barry Ritholz, a frequent critic of the corrupt in Congress and on Wall Street: upy-wall-street-must-occupy-congress-ag- offices/ …. and a few other blogs.

I recollect the Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney thought OWS could be “constructive”.

There seems to me to be a general willingness on the part of politicians, bankers, and corporate chiefs to at least enter into dialog with OWS on a range of topics.

So let’s bring the issues into focus in the media, and let the ideas flow.

By: NobleKin Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:42:37 +0000 “…a recipe for societal collapse.”

Yep. The past three decades have given greater power to fewer hands.

Do the math.

Many CEO salaries for a month equate to roughly 695 minimun wage jobs for the same month.

Are we saying one person is worth 695 lesser people? Yes.

The same $10,000,000/year salary equates to 153 wage earners @ $65,000/year. Are we saying one person is worth 153 middle managers?

Indeed we have been. With zeal. And we hold these people up as celebrities of capitalism, as if no other could fill their shoes…

And in America shareholders have been greedily forcing executives to cut domestic jobs and move manufacturing offshore, while relocating their headquarters to tax freindly countries that do little to protect the world (like our military’s soldiers and sailors do). Then they pat each other on the back for giving Communist China vast revenue streams with which to build the next great globe dominating military. Awesome. You’ve earned your eight figure salary. Let’s celebrate your genius.

Crony capitalism that exports jobs and builds a communist country’s global dominance should be akin to treason. Or am I too old school for the modern job killing eight figure executives?

But if it looks like good old greed supporting capitalism and makes a buck for those who can afford to buy shares, who cares?

We’ve just increased your payement in shares and your severence package (should you under perform) just got bigger. Congratulations.

By: ragged_soul Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:57:46 +0000 Mr. Varley’s comments are just more lame rhetoric from a merchant who sells to the 1% bolstering his own market by ‘siding’ with the greedy corporados. If he can say at his next opening that he spoke for his clients, he is more likely to gain both their welfare and money.

The fact of the matter is that the 1% care only for themselves and whether their narcissism is faith-based or not, their attitudes towards the 99% are craven.