Exploring Vancouverism: The Political Culture of Canada's Lotus Land

Howard Rotberg

Editorial: Canadian Valuespress
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Sinopsis: This book was completed just as a major economic decline hit the global economy. People with poor ethics convinced people with wants greater than their actual needs, and wealth to borrow money, that they could not reasonably pay back to the financial institutions whose greedy and high paid executives did not really care because they then bundled these financial products for sale to other institutions with executives whose salaries and bonuses far exceeded the type of prudence that bankers historically possessed. Politicians, professors and media who should all have been blowing the whistles were too caught up in benefiting from this system, obtaining funding, grants, advertising and the like. Economic historians will no doubt analyze why all of this happened, as we inevitably deal with the repercussions for years to come. Surely, some of the important reasons that will be discussed are the culture of greed, the culture of consumerism, and the culture of debt that came to predominate in the United States, and elsewhere around the developed world. Canadian financial institutions were more prudent, and better regulated, and so they did not proceed down the same path of doomed residential mortgage lending. In our global economy however, economies are so linked together that problems in the larger economies quickly affect the rest of the world. What was of interest to the author, more than the economics and the financial analysis of what went wrong, was how the cultures of greed, narcissism, consumerism and debt came to be so widely accepted. Why are there so many people in their 70s and 80s living modestly at the same time they have bank balances in the millions of dollars? And why are there so many people from subsequent generations living in luxury when their bank balances are far exceeded by their debts? According to Rotberg, the answer is Culture, or put another way, Ideology. The patterns of thought and the values people hold, are what govern their choices of lifestyle, politics, economics, and which essential choices they make in the way they live their lives. To analyze the politics and urban planning of any city requires a preliminary inquiry. It is that preliminary inquiry that is attempted by this book. That inquiry is to analyze the ideology and values, or lack of values, that exist in a certain area, as a precondition to understanding the municipal planning and political policies adopted within that area. The great Canadian journalist and writer on all things political and economic in Canada, Peter C. Newman, wrote a column in the October 11, 2008 issue of one of Canada's leading business newspapers, The Globe & Mail, in which he got to the essence of the matter: “What we need is new gods, freshly minted mentors motivated by values as the source of their experience – instead of experience as the source of their values.” Accordingly, we explore Vancouverism: The Political Culture of Canada’s Lotus Land. In a time of economic and political challenges, it is key that before we know where to go in the future, we understand where we are now, based on the ideologies and values that have predominated in the last few years. This book is Rotberg's contribution to furthering that understanding.

About the Author: Howard Rotberg is a Canadian author, born and raised in Brantford Ontario, and educated at the University of Toronto where he received degrees in both History and Law. His books include The Second Catastrophe: A Novel about a Book and its Author, Exploring Vancouverism: The Political Culture of Canada's Lotus Land, and his most recent book, Tolerism: The Ideology Revealed, which, at time of writing, is being released in its newly revised second edition. Rotberg's first book, "The Second Catastrophe", a novel about a Canadian professor who writes a book about Israel during the suicide bombings of the Second Intifada, has grown in importance and relevance since its first writing due to various World happenings. Rotberg practiced corporate and real estate law for 20 years in southern Ontario. He served as President of Beth Jacob Synagogue and began a writing career working in a variety of magazines, and also became a frequent contributor to the Insight page of the Kitchener Record Newspaper, writing historical background pieces to current issues relating to Israel, the Jewish community, and war crimes. Rotberg developed an interest in urban planning and downtown revitalization, both from practical and academic viewpoints. He began to develop infill residential projects on both brownfield and clean sites, including townhouses and apartment buildings. He became specifically interested in the issue of housing affordability and was a pioneer in government assisted programs to provide affordable housing. In addition to being a retired lawyer, land developer and author, Rotberg is also an astute and innovative businessman, a father, a grandfather, and the son of a Holocaust survivor. In his spare time he has hand grown a small book publishing company which has grown exponentially over a short time, and developed a niche market by giving voice to the values-based opinions of many highly educated writers from all over the world. Unafraid to dig deeper and hold a light to the underlying motives in today's political cultures, popularity and political correctness take a back seat to social justice and old fashioned values in Rotberg's world. He currently resides in southern Ontario, where, among other things, he is working on his 4th book, and breathing new life into heritage industrial buildings in an effort to preserve their historical relevance.

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