PEN Canada liveblog: “Vested Interests in Politics”

By | April 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm | No comments | Events | Tags: , ,

For the closing talk at Spur Festival Toronto, PEN Canada is liveblogging our “Vested Interests in Politics” event with Hendrik Hertzberg and Chrystia Freeland at the Toronto Reference Library. Please note that it may take a few seconds for the liveblog timeline to appear correctly.

5.42

And on that note, we wrap up “Vested Interests in Politics,” and with it, the 2013 Spur Festival Toronto. Our thanks to Hendrik Hertzberg and Chrystia Freeland for an engaging discussion.

Related posts

5.41

Are Canadians better off because of some innate virtues? Not quite, says Freeland. All kids of structural reasons why money has less of an influence on Canadian politics (one example: business community more socially minded compared to the U.S.).

Related posts

5.34

Hertzberg says that one potential area of political reform is campaign finance (e.g. small contributions being backed by public leverage in New York).

Related posts

5.27

One faction that doesn’t get much of the blame for the “rotting of our political discourse”: liberal intelligentsia (lack real, practical community organization, says Freeland).

Related posts

5.23

Spur Toronto

Members of the audience eagerly join the Q&A line.

 

Related posts

5.13

What is the impact of globalization on local/national job markets; is the growth of emerging markets hurting Western democratic middle classes?

Related posts

5.10

Freeland notes that there is some “useful soul searching” happening in the economic profession (a return to some “first principles”).

Related posts

5.04

Hertzberg contends that money is less of a “monster” in Canadian politics because our unitary system allows governments the ability to make laws in a relatively coherent fashion (you may not like the policies, but you then have the ability to vote the government out).

Related posts

5.03

Freeland argues that globalization can hurt the political development of emerging markets because plutocrats can buy the rule of law for themselves without establishing it for all.

Related posts

5.00

Spur Toronto

Helen Walsh (Director, Spur Festival), Hendrik Hertzberg and Chrystia Freeland address a question from the audience.

Related posts

4.58

As a result of our increasingly interconnected financial system, Freeland advocates for cohesive global banking regulations.

Related posts

4.55

Our two speakers open up the floor to Q&A.

Related posts

4.50

Freeland notes that while productivity has increased, wages have stagnated.

Related posts

4.49

Freeland: pure economic interests of the top 0.1% and the middle class more divergent than what has traditionally been the case.

Related posts

4.47

The conversation turns to the effect of globalization on taxation: there exists something of a regulation vacuum between global businesses and national governments.

Related posts

4.43

Freeland on our existing political systems: “renovating” much more difficult than starting from scratch.

Related posts

4.42

Spur Toronto

Hendrik Hertzberg and Chrystia Freeland in conversation.

Related posts

4.37

Hertzberg: Electoral College in the U.S. creates atmosphere in which money trumps volunteerism (the result of of political focus being concentrated onto several key “swing states”).

Related posts

4.25

Hertzberg contends that the notion of the U.S. Constitution as a charter for small government is a myth; actually a charter for big government.

Related posts

4.22

Hendrik Hertzberg endears himself to the crowd: “I consider myself a big Canada fan.”

Related posts

4.21

Freeland notes that the economic meltdown in the U.S. was unique for the way journalists/think tanks/etc. seemed to go along with institutional positions on key issues.

Related posts

4.15

Chrystia Freeland opens up the discussion with an emphasis on economics; she notes the relationship between economic disparity and disparity in political power.

Related posts

4.12

PEN Canada’s Empty Chair for the event is imprisoned Iranian journalist and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Related posts

4.09

The two speakers for our “Vested Interests in Politics” event are Hendrik Hertzberg (author and political commentator for The New Yorker) and Chrystia Freeland (author and Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News at Reuters). They will be discussing whether people with money have an undue influence on our political systems.

Related posts

Related posts

© PEN Canada 2013 · 24 Ryerson Ave., Suite 301, Toronto ON M5T 2P3 · Phone: 416 703 8448 · Fax: 416 703 3870
· Charitable Business Number 88916 2541 RR0001