Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig is an author, journalist, and former NDP candidate for Toronto Centre in the Canadian federal election. She is also the author (with Neil Brooks) of Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality, published by Beacon Press.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Fight Against Climate Change Blocked by Luddites at Big Oil
In the interest of fighting climate change, most of us avoid buying SUVs — fortress-like vehicles that aren’t necessary unless one intends to take the whole family for a spin through downtown Baghdad. Most of us also recycle and keep the thermostat low. However, these gestures are doing almost nothing to stop the warming of the planet.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Binders Full of Women and the Matriarchy Myth
One of the least scary things about Mitt Romney is that, when he was trying to figure out who to appoint to his cabinet in Massachusetts, he ordered up “binders full of women.” So the rumpus over his remark in last week’s U.S. presidential debate seems odd. After all, as MSNBC host Chris Hayes noted, what Romney did amounted to affirmative action (even if he had to be goaded to do it by a women’s coalition).
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Mitt Romney Blurts Out the Truth About Neo-Conservatism
Ironically, in the now-famous video that seems likely to end his political career, it could be said that Mitt Romney was speaking truth to power.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Quebec Students Send a Message Against Austerity
No wonder those Quebec student protestors have been spooking the English Canadian establishment. If they get their way, the same ideas could catch on here, leaving the best-laid plans for austerity in tatters.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Recalling Reagan, Canada's Harper and His Team Have Good 'Austerity' Laugh
There’s a striking photo of Ronald Reagan and members of his inner circle, cocktails in hand, practically doubled over with laughter. A clever wag attached a caption to the bottom of the photo: “We told them the wealth would trickle down!”
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Occupy Moves Us Into a New Era
When thousands of Egyptian protesters took over Tahrir Square in events widely celebrated as the Arab Spring, I don’t recall anyone being concerned that they were violating local bylaws. Of course, Egypt was a dictatorship and the only way to protest the lack of democracy was by breaking laws.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
How to Make Inequality Obsolete
Only a couple of centuries ago, owning another person — slavery, that is — was considered a normal thing to do.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Tycoons Laughing All the Way to the Bank
There are likely few characters less loved in America these days than hedge fund managers — widely regarded as among the archvillains of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. So, months ago, when Washington embarked on a frenzied search for ways to reduce the massive U.S. deficit, a tax loophole that allowed hedge fund managers to pay tax at the exceptionally low rate of 15 per cent certainly seemed like low-hanging fruit.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Canada: Pomp, Pageantry and Unions
We surely seem to be living in conservative times — with the NDP trying to distance itself from all things socialist and the public apparently unable to sate its appetite for all things royal. Certainly it’s easy to get the impression from the media that Canadians, content with their capitalist bounty, are primarily focused on the activities and outfits of the Royal Family. So perhaps it’s out-of-sync with the times to suggest that we’re actually in the middle of a class war, and that it’s been heating up lately.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Canada Mines African Discontent
While Canadians may think of ourselves as best known for owning the Olympic podium, among Africans we may actually be better known — and not particularly liked — for owning their natural resources. Once beloved on the continent, Canada is no longer so fondly regarded in Africa.
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