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Rabble Round-Up

Lots of good stuff up on Rabble today. Here’s some of what you should check out:

“Empower young people to define themselves and their communities” – on better representations of diversity in the media

“Equity in a time of economic crisis: Addressing First Nations people’s access to education”

“Time for progressives to explode monetary myths”

Neoliberalism’s Role in Global Financial Crises

“Financial crisis as a way of life” – Apiece on how neoliberalism is bad for our economies and our societies. Here is an excerpt:

Neoliberalism’s genius is its ability to blame the victim. Thus the subprime crisis was the result of irresponsible home buyers, and the Greek crisis is the result of greedy Greeks living beyond their means. Once the victim is blamed, it justifies imposing a world of pain on those who are already suffering.

Blaming the victim is bizarre. Financial institutions know what they are doing when they make loans available to subprime borrowers or the Greek government. They chose to make risky bets because they could profit on the upside, and somebody would bail the system out when the party was over.

The Greek financial crisis is just the latest in a series of meltdowns. The pain inflicted on ordinary Greeks to pay for financial shenanigans is heartbreaking. (When the working poor are taxed to bail out the financial sector, you know that the world is upside down.)

News – Women in economics, Hatred towards trans people, Aboriginal children in provincial care

On the lack of women in the economics field.

At Canadian universities, only 8.3 per cent of full professors in economics are women – the lowest portion of any social science. That number is 10.7 per cent in the U.S. At the Bank of Canada, five of six members of the governing council are men while the Bank of England has no women on its monetary policy committee.

In Ottawa, no woman has ever risen higher than associate deputy minister at the Finance Department, the rung below the top bureaucratic job in the government’s premier ministry for economic policy. Louise Levonian, a Queen’s University graduate and a 15-year department veteran, is an associate deputy minister, sitting third on the depth chart behind Deputy Minister Michael Horgan, and Paul Rochon, who is Canada’s chief negotiator at the Group of Seven and the Group of 20. But of 16 senior policy positions at the department, only four are filled by women.

The scarcity is even more stark in the private sector.

On trans hatred as promoted by movies.

Repugnance is a common theme in the trans-people-as-jokes canon. But more prevalent is the element of deceit. Time and again in both comedic and dramatic films, transgender people are cast as deviant tricksters out to fool innocent victims into sleeping with them. This narrative plays upon two of America’s deepest fears: sexual vulnerability and humiliation. Not only is your sex partner “lying” about their gender, victims who “fall for it” are then forced to grapple with the embarrassment of being had, of being seen as gay. Men “tricked” into sleeping with another man are embarrassed by the threat to their masculinity. So much culture has taught us that transgender people aren’t just sexual aliens, they’re also predatory liars.

On (Aboriginal) child abuse and neglect in provincial care.

Revelations Wednesday that six children in provincial care died last year and 20 were hospitalized have critics demanding the removal of the secrecy around Alberta Children and Youth Services.

Opposition critics urged the Alberta government to act immediately to disclose what happened to the children, whose deaths and injuries were summed up in a few lines in the ministry’s annual report.

The deaths were double and the injuries more than triple the previous year when the government launched a review into the way children in care are managed.

Sixteen of the 20 injured children and five of the six dead were aboriginal.

Keep in mind that the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide has outlined taking children from one group and placing them with another is an act of genocide and thus the huge number of Aboriginal children who are placed in non-Aboriginal homes in Canada is already a problem – the poor care they face in care is of even greater concern.