My mother-in-law passed me Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges, saying “You just have to read this one.” The next day, before I had even had the chance to crack the covers, Bob Goudzwaard referenced the book twice in his AGM speech, calling it “a most excellent little book.” With two such ringing endorsements, I could hardly put off reading the book. And having done so, I would echo Bob Goudzwaard: it is indeed a most excellent book.
Empire of Illusion is a stinging indictment of our celebrity-obsessed, narcissistic culture that has lost sight of how the values we preach have been perverted and replaced with consumerism, corporatism and militarism. Hedges laments the state of democracy, the power of corporations and the wealthy, the growing class divide, the unwillingness or inability of our elites to stop the slide, and the illiteracy and obsession with illusion over reality that prevent most of us from identifying the problems. Read more about Chandra is reading... Empire of Illusion
Taxes raise the revenues used to pay for democratic institutions and to provide government programs and services. Taxes can also be used to promote other economic and social policy goals through the use of tax expenditures. Read more about Taxes and the Common Good
As long as your income is secure, it doesn’t matter whether or not people around you are poor, right? Wrong, say Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, the authors of The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. By comparing outcomes across wealthy, industrialized nations, they demonstrate that inequality comes with a significant host of negative consequences – and they affect everyone, both rich and poor and in between. Read more about Chandra is reading... The Spirit Level
Rooted in issues of early childhood development, gender equality, and poverty, the lack of a national childcare plan is having detrimental effects on many children and their families in Canada. It is clear that what is needed is an affordable, accessible, quality national childcare program based on the best interest of the child. It is crucial that this program be situated within the context of a comprehensive set of family-oriented policies. Read more about CPJ's Early Childhood Education and Care Policy