Name your favourite highly-concentrated, highly-profitable, highly-integrated telecommunications company! Does it rhyme with Rell, Belus, or Togers? Good news, this episode is for you.
Joined by Dru Oja Jay (@druojajay) of Courage, Team Advantage investigates phenomenon of “natural monopoly,” investigates the Canadian communications industry’s anti-competitive behaviour, and makes the case for nationalizing and democratizing the telecommunications industry.
In an effort to make William Brett Wilson Very Mad Online, Team Advantage convenes to explain the difference between demand-side climate policies (like the carbon tax) and supply-side climate policies (like restricting or banning production). We come to the natural conclusion that a world socialist government is probably the best way to tackle the problem.
Hosting the Olympics in Calgary is a bad idea! Team Advantage considers Calgary’s 1988 Olympic bid and how we lucked out financially the first time, the ridiculous demands of the International Olympics Committee (including private traffic lanes and seasonal cakes), fun fascist-Olympics crossovers, the social costs of hosting the Olympics, B.C.’s completely not-ominous “Assistance to Shelter Act” that helped kidnap and displace homeless people, militarized police forces, evictions and gentrification. Finally, Team Advantage examines the role of local Yes supporters and boosters and considers Lenin’s wise words: “Put no faith in phrase-mongering, it is better to see who stands to gain!”
Team Advantage treks to the great northern bastion of social democracy known as Edmonton, Alberta. We speak to some really excellent Alberta NDP members doing important work, and witness some flawlessly executed stage management. The funniest part was when we heard the UCP observer ask “are they all related? how are they all each other’s brother and sister?”