Monthly Archives: February 2009
Robert Joustra  |  February 25, 2009  |  Economy, Foreign Policy, Globalization, Justice

Answer: the already poor, and especially the recently upwardly mobile. Recession economics aren’t fair: the brunt isn’t borne by the already wealthy and industrialized. America, and middle power countries like Canada, will continue to attract foreign investment because they are safe havens in turbulent economic times. They have proven track records, educated work forces and retain far more confidence than developing economies. Ironically in recession … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 24, 2009  |  Markets

Or so says Niall Ferguson—Harvard financial and historical guru. The recession crunch is going to get much worse before it gets better, and the intensity of the seemingly short-lived “Buy American” scare is only the tip of the iceberg. It started yesterday when Abu Dhabi snapped up Nova Chemicals at bargain-basement pricing. Financial power is quickly moving to the world’s creditors—often major sovereign wealth funds—and … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 20, 2009  |  Journalism, Religion

  I was at a seminar recently in which a friend of mine was doing a presentation on journalism, religion and public life. I warmly recommend his book, which is an edited volume consisting of some rather helpful commentary on reading and enlisting religion in the public square: Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion. Having done a bit of public policy and public life … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 18, 2009  |  Philosophy

In conversation with a good friend this morning we discussed the fundamental importance of empathy in the life of the mind, in proper, coherent, generous and Christian thinking. I argued that empathy—the capacity to inhabit another person’s moral and intellectual horizons—is not mere dressing to life of the mind. The ability to hear someone out, understand their perspective, stretch your own moral and intellectual fiber … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 4, 2009  |  Education, Justice, Markets

At least a few of us may find of interest this piece, coming out of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, pushed in the Calgary Herald and National Post: Universities with higher part-time profs lead to lower graduation rates. Picking up off the York strike, the article argues that the battle lines—while drawn around typical issues of salaries and benefits—were also drawn along the new … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  February 4, 2009  |  Markets, Politics

The CBC published an article today on Obama’s plans to cap the compensation packages for executives of companies receiving bailout aid. Under Obama’s plan, top executives at firms receiving extraordinary help from U.S. taxpayers will have their compensation capped at $500,000 US. If they receive any additional compensation in the form of stock, it can’t be cashed in until taxpayers are paid back. This brings … MORE »