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Monday, 6 February 2017

Toronto protests immigration bans: On Unions, Co-ops, Islamo- and other phobias

Historically the target of much political phobia from some quarters, unions are in fact forces for equality because they ensure there can be at least some justice in the relationship between capital and labour. And co-ops are also forces for good by ensuring  that there can be some balance in the relations between workers/producers and their companies  (in a worker coop) or between buyers and their suppliers (in a consumer co-op). Non-profit TorontotheBetter is a programme of a diverse worker co-op Libra  Knowledge and Information Services. Since we started up in 2004 we have probably numbered among our members atheists, moslems, Jewish, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. Why probably? At Libra/TorontotheBetter we don’t ask and usually don't know.

In our unionized co-op it is one person one vote; our interest is in our values and what we/you do, not what gods we/you celebrate… or don’t.  Take a look at socially progressive states like Canada and Singapore (a pioneer of multiculturalism) and we see a record of prosperity through inclusion. Diversity and inclusion work, phobias don’t. Chewing gum regulations and the like look like a small price to pay for the benefits of justice-based inclusiveness. No more ethnic phobias! Let's hope after recent protests like the one below

at the U.S. consulate in Toronto that the current president of the U.S.A. and his like are soon consigned to the garbage-bin of history where should lie racisms of all stripes.