Here at the CCPA, we're constantly thinking about what needs to change in our lives, our economy and our ways of governing to make society more equitable, and life more fulfilling, for the greatest number of people. Broadly speaking, you could say our mandate is transition, the theme of this summer edition of the Monitor. By transition we mean a fair and just progression from today's extractives-based, exhausting and unequal economy to a more sustainable, pro-worker and frankly more human future. Climate change, an increasingly "on demand" (gig) economy, artificial intelligence and other rapidly advancing technologies of control and surveillance, alongside disruptions to the (neo)liberal geopolitical order, complicate the terrain on which we fight for the just transition. But these factors do not fundamentally change some of the solutions that would do the trick.
Here's a sample of what you'll find in this issue:
- The revolution will not be automated: Cynthia Khoo asserts a place for labour within the technosocial gestalt
- Disability and the "job churn": Katie Raso goes looking for the ideal, always "on" workers of the new economy
- Getting to $15 and Fairness: Fiona Jeffries asks how a grassroots workers' rights movement fought and won in Ontario
- Moving to the right: Barbara Perry on the rise of violent right-wing extremism in Canada
- A progressive vision for "progressive trade": Jim Stanford's 10-point plan for a better kind of globalization
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Cover illustration by Alisha Davidson