Murray Dobbin

Murray Dobbin is a guest senior contributing editor for rabble.ca. Murray has been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for 40 years. His column, State of the Nation, appears in rabble.ca and theTyee twice monthly.

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Friday, September 30, 2016
'The World Must Jettison Neoliberal Ideology': A Globalization Wake-Up Call
If recent mainstream economic reports are to be taken seriously, some of the big brains managing global capitalism these days are starting to lose faith in their neoliberal ideology . Some come close to sounding like virtual heretics -- like Jonathan Ostry, the IMF's deputy director of research and...
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Saturday, December 26, 2015
'Canada Is Back?' Not Until Taxation Is Truly Fair
Justin Trudeau is fond of saying "Canada is back," and in some genuinely gratifying ways it seems to be the case. But by far the most important and substantive evidence for this claim is still missing: an indication that the new government is willing to seriously address the issue that a genuine...
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Friday, November 13, 2015
Trudeau's Boldness Test: The TPP
Justin Trudeau has proven to be much more bold in his first couple of weeks than almost anyone imagined. Unlike Jean Chretien and his 1993 election Red Book, Trudeau actually seems to be intent on keeping many of his promises. Most importantly he has done what no other premier or prime minister in...
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Harper Is Right: Canada's Election Is About Security Versus Risk
Stephen Harper chose the Calgary Stampede (now Rachel Notley country) to launch the theme of the now full-blown election campaign. Harper proclaimed he was confident that "this October Canadians will choose security over risk." Let's hope so. The question is, of course, what kind of security and...
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Friday, July 10, 2015
We Are All (or Should Be) Greeks Now
The temple of neoliberalism and its ideology of social suicide in the interests of the banks has been breached. The hysteria in European capitals (particularly Germany) after the resounding 'No' vote by the people of Greece is entirely appropriate. For decades now developed country governments and...
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Why Canada's Jobs Future Is Sinking like a Stone
Canada's economy is increasingly at the mercy of a risk-averse, inept corporate elite addicted to government tax breaks. They are enabled by an ideologically addled government that is incompetent. It is a deadly combination—a dumb and dumber team dragging us backwards at a time when the world is...
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Monday, October 20, 2014
From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' Foreign Policy
It's getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations. But we should try. Perhaps a first step in returning to such a time was the decision of the NDP and Liberal Party to...
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Remember Kindness?
I confess. I have been binge-watching TV series. Lately I have narrowed my watching mostly to The West Wing , an old favourite about a Democratic president, Jed Bartlet, portraying the manic, day-to-day crisis management of the White House. But in my defence I am doing so in part as an antidote to...
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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Can You Imagine? Toppling the Fossil Fuel Empire
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein As the world struggles with how to deal with the slow motion apocalypse of global climate change it becomes more and more apparent that we are trapped in "the kind of thinking" that got us...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Has Big Oil Hijacked Democracy?
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."— Benito Mussolini
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