The old ways have got us where we are now. Political, moral, economic bankruptcy.
People who are better than me can correct me, make this better (go for it everyone)
Blond thinks we in Cda have very old form of politics. CPC risks destroying Conservative tradition.
Left has priced itself out of contention w its devotion to welfare state. Where's the radical thinking?
Now we're gearing up for the panel, w former Afghanistan ambassador and CPC candidate Chris Alexander, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo and former Clerk of the Privy Council and Glendon director Alex Himmelfarb.
Each panelist will speak for a few mins. No guarantee audience Q &A but post Qs and we'll do our best!
Himmelfarb: agrees w problem, but not solution. Worries about unconstrained individualism too. But radical localism is worse than diagnosis.
Himmelfarb: will give more power to corporations, ultimately.
Himmelfarb: 4 questions. First, how implementable? If we're all alone, how do we turn it around? How possible and for how many ppl?
Himmelfarb: 2. Smokescreen for gvt to pull resources away. Political queation
Himmelfarb's third q: sociological one. How do we get collective will across communities to deal w big problems that cross communities? Like enviro etc
Finally, whose definition of the good life are we pursuing. Civil society w/o a strong state is false.
If you're gay or Jewish or a gypsy, the community doesn't love you either. Who will protect minorities?
(rousing applause for Himmelfarb in thecrowd)
DiNovo: Agrees w Himmelfarb and doesn't buy nostalgia for a capitalism of the past. It's a myth. Don't forget Britain was an imperialist power.
DiNovo: source is that we buy and sell ourselves/our labour. Worker cooperatives work, but they require a state.
DiNovo: rights have to be guaranteed by someone. And yes, we have to get rid of multinationals, but it's not about local enterprise alone. If so, developing world wld have eliminated them already.
Alexander next up. Moving from stage left to stage right,
Alexander: Torys in Cda have forged a version of this big society that isn't as broken as the UK or the US.
Alexander telling Blond about the stability of our banking sector. Reflects the way Cda has chosen to have markets and gvt.
Alexander: we've already been recapitalizing our society, esp under Stephen Harper. This budget has a lot of investment in these areas.
Blond now addressing his critics, starting w Himmelfarb. Blond argues that standarized approaches to devices won't work as they produce differential outcomes. Eg universal healthcare doesn't get universal outcomes
(we're going to get some back and forth here... May be hard to keep up!)
Himmelfarb and Blond don't agree on healthcare.
Blond: 21st century structure is "networked localism" so you're never alone. He won't argue for any one way to approach it. You can give ppl the means to change their lives.
Blond: Big Society isn't about cuts. It predates economy collapse, but recognizes overlap w the Big Austerity. Can usher on the Big Society
You need localism to deliver trust. W/o localism, can't develop new civil society.
Blond, still on Himmelfarb's point: need string state, I agree. Wants participatory democracy. Representative democracy has limits.
Audience question on banks. Blond wants a more diverse banking ecosystem.
Blond argues we have socialism for bankers and capitalism for everyone else.
Blond: Biggest challenge to thee ideas is orthodoxy. Ppl who say it can't be done, or we're doing this already, or the status quo is fine.