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COVID, inequality and the billionaire place-race

COVID, inequality and the billionaire place-race
COVID, inequality and the billionaire place-race

In the sixth episode, Linda McQuaig and Ian Thomson go over the mounting fortunes of the billionaire class amid shrinking incomes and options for the wide the vast majority ahead of and in the course of the pandemic.

In talking about the impacts of billionaires on our democratic devices, McQuaig suggests:

“This accumulation of prosperity in the hands of billionaires… It is not just that it is greatly unfair, which of program it is, it’s that it gives them so considerably political electric power that they get to properly regulate the world… The wealthy company elite now has so considerably energy that it can efficiently block any variety of collective motion. And that’s just what they’re accomplishing. The rationale that there isn’t development on weather change isn’t that the community is resistant. The general public would in fact like there to be action on local climate improve. It’s the immensely impressive passions in the fossil gas industries that are single-handedly blocking that…. it’s not just unfair they have all that revenue it’s harmful to the survival of the human race… So when I discuss about a prosperity tax, I’m not just conversing about it so we can get income from them. I’m conversing about a prosperity tax that will curb their political electrical power, financial and political ability. So they can not command points and reduce us from getting the collective action we require to just take.”

In accordance to Thomson, and the most recent Oxfam Intercontinental report Inequality Kills:

“Whether it’s from the local climate disasters that are having life. Whether it’s the vaccine inequality that means that COVID-19 is using more life – these are deaths that could be effortlessly prevented if we experienced a additional equitable vaccine distribution. And individuals are also becoming pushed to the brink of  extraordinary hunger and basically are dying of starvation. These are the kinds of authentic-existence impacts of this severe prosperity inequality, mainly in the cheapest money nations, but also decreased cash flow people in all international locations are suffering from. And when you just take the figures, you just see that really individuals are dying each 4 minutes owing to inequality. The figures are so staggering that it is difficult to wrap your head all-around what kind of struggling this is bringing about.”

About today’s visitors:

Award-successful journalist and activist Linda McQuaig is also the creator of greatest-selling books, such as: Taking pictures the Hippo: Loss of life by Deficit and Other Canadian Myths It’s the Crude, Dude: War, Huge Oil and the Struggle for the World The Hassle with Billionaires (co-authored with Neil Brooks) and most not too long ago The Activity and Prey of Capitalists: How the Rich Are Stealing Canada’s Public Prosperity. A long-time and powerful voice of dissent in opposition to economic injustice and extremes of wealth, Linda has been described as “an indispensable general public intellectual” and “an irritant to Canada’s 1%” one of whom, Conrad Black, even prompt that she be “horse-Whipped”.

Ian Thomson sales opportunities Oxfam Canada’s work on federal government relations, corporate engagement and feminist coverage influencing in Canada and internationally. Prior to joining Oxfam, he coordinated the human rights and pure methods system of a national ecumenical coalition and chaired the Canadian Network on Company Accountability. He is a board member of MiningWatch Canada and the Maquila Solidarity Network, and retains engineering degrees from Queen’s College and the College of Toronto.

The Braveness My Mates podcast sequence is a co-generation concerning The Tommy Douglas Institute (at George Brown Higher education), rabble.ca, with the support of the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation.

Transcript of this episode can be accessed at georgebrown.ca/TommyDouglasInstitute or listed here.

Impression: Linda McQuaig and Ian Thomson / Made use of with authorization. 

Audio: Ang Kahora. Lynne, Bjorn. Rights Bought

Intro Voices: Chandra Budhu (Podcast Announcer), Nayocka Allen, Nicolas Echeverri Parra,

Doreen Kajumba (Avenue Voices) Bob Luker (Tommy Douglas quote)

Braveness My Close friends Podcast Organizing Committee: Resh Budhu, Breanne Doyle (for rabble.ca), Chandra Budhu and Ashley Booth. 

Produced by: Resh Budhu, Tommy Douglas Institute and Breanne Doyle, rabble.ca

Host: Resh Budhu

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