With Kevin O’Leary taking on more talking-head duties for CNBC in the U.S., it’s not uncommon to find his chair on CBC News Network occupied by fill-ins. Sadly, Thursday was not one of those days.
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After Kevin O’Leary said last week that half the world living in poverty is “fantastic news,” O’Leary and his CBC co-host Amanda Lang decided to “continue the discussion” this Tuesday. Several news outlets had linked to the clip, inspiring popular outrage over O’Leary’s callousness.
The CBC’s business commentator was confronted with a sobering statistic about global inequality on the Lang & O’Leary Exchange, and his reaction was so jubilant that he almost came onto a poor person’s face right there in the studio.
Jesse Myerson is a young left-wing journalist who recently wrote an article for Rolling Stone that advocates some solutions to America’s ongoing economic malaise. These solutions range from a guaranteed income to a land-value tax. They are reforms that assume the economy should serve the people (all of them), and not the other way around.