Author: michal-rozworski

Michal Rozworski is an economist, writer and organizer. He currently works as a union researcher in Vancouver, blogs at Political Eh-conomy and you can find him on Twitter @MichalRozworski. His first book, The People's Republic of Walmart, co-written with Leigh Phillips, is coming in November, 2018 from Verso.

  • The Ontario Election isn’t about Deficits, and that’s a good thing

    How big is your deficit? This Ontario election, no one seems to care – and that’s a decisive positive to emerge from a campaign that’s too often been submerged in the politics of personality. There is more and more light sneaking through the widening cracks in Canada’s austerity consensus. Hopefully, it will shine not only … Keep reading »

  • Wynne Zaps Us Again by Mike Constable

    How Not To Fund Infrastructure

    Recycling is supposed to be a good thing, so when the federal Liberals quietly announced that “asset recycling” would be part of their strategy for meeting their much-ballyhooed infrastructure promises, not many eyebrows were raised. They should have been. Asset recycling is an obscure code word for selling our public goods for private profit. It’s … Keep reading »

  • Questions for the Canadian Left

    Harper is gone, but (as a friend only quarter-jokingly said) we got the second worst outcome sold as the best, so now what? That’s the 10 second version of this post. I want to throw out a few questions or, better yet, problems that I think the Canadian Left will have to face together over … Keep reading »

  • Two Essays on the Uber-Taxi Wars

    Uber and the Luddites Michael Rozworksi The fight against the sharing economy, and Uber in particular, can be disorienting. Opposition is often painted as techno-phobia. The good guys in this story are Uber and progress; on the other side are opponents afraid of flexibility and smartphones, kicking and screaming against a future already here. In many ways, … Keep reading »

  • The Outsize (un)Importance of the Tar Sands

    It’s easy to overestimate the importance of the tar sands to the Canadian economy. Tar sands and their pipelines are, after all, hailed by the ruling Conservatives, sections of the business press and the ever-present oil lobby as this young century’s “nation-building” project. Yet, a survey recently making the rounds highlights the relative unimportance of … Keep reading »

  • Ideology and Central Banking in the Crisis: The Canadian Experience

    ‘Privatizing gains and socializing losses’ could be the motto for the neoliberal era. Alongside this and ‘there is no alternative,’ few slogans better capture the ideology that has been so successfully diffused throughout the world over the past several decades. Five years after latest financial crisis, this motto rings true as ever. To say that … Keep reading »

  • Canada’s Profitability and Stagnation Puzzle

    The Puzzle Defined Most developed economies continue to experience fall-out from the financial crisis of 2007-08. The Eurozone has been most ravaged, but the U.S. and UK have not fared much better. After the initial rebound from the most severe crisis, growth in many economies has been decelerating to the point that some are once again … Keep reading »