Presentation on theme: "Conference European Integration 21st Century Slavery: Ending It Before It Ends Us Lew Lederman, QC Wilfrid Laurier University April 30 - May 1, 2010."— Presentation transcript:
Conference European Integration 21st Century Slavery: Ending It Before It Ends Us Lew Lederman, QC Wilfrid Laurier University April 30 - May 1, 2010
2April 2010 BOTTOM LINE – Release the Potential in People. (Corry & Hodgetts, Macgregor Dawson) Step One: Treat People like People. Stop treating People like Things. Step Two: Focus on Individuals Step Three: Enhance the human ‘spark’.
3April 2010 TREATY OF ROME – Increase standards of living.
4April 2010 EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS – Article 4: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
5April 2010 ECONOMICS – EU has as big a population & GDP as USA. Blocs – USA/Canada; EU; BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India, China Comparative Advantage ?
6April 2010 EUROPEAN & EU TRACK RECORD – Greek freedom v Persian despotism Martin Luther Slavery & Serfdom abolished (various times, various places). Rationalism, Enlightenment Copernius, Galileo, Newton, Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven (Ode to Joy)
7April 2010 EUROPEAN & EU TRACK RECORD – Rousseau: Man born free but everywhere in chains What is the Third Estate ? Everything. What does it have ? Nothing. Declaration of the Rights of Man & The Citizen: Men born free & equal. Rule of Law. Recently: Took on Microsoft
8April 2010 RISKS TO FREEDOM Large bureaucracies – diseconomies of scale Business, professional, governmental Corporations have no souls Constrain, imprison the human spirit
9April 2010 CREATIVITY Tell me where is Fancy bred ? In the heart or in the head ? Imagination rooted in profound knowledge. (Maddox) Individual, not group. Human spirit triumphant.
10April 2010 INNOVATION Applied Creativity Free trade in ideas Market place for thought
11April 2010 SHELLEY Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes what e’re it touches; and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame, A mechanized automaton.
12April 2010 NIEBUHR [T]here is a great mystery in the fact that man, who is so created that he cannot fulfil his life except in his fellow men, and who has some consciousness of this law of love in his very nature, should nevertheless seek so persistently to make his fellowmen the tools of his desires and the objects of his ambitions. [Underlining added]
13April 2010 ENABLERS True Capitalism & Free Markets Rule of Law & Liberal Democracy Remember your Right Brain Feed your Head (Jefferson Airplane) Free Trade in Ideas, Marketplace for Thought Human Spirit Triumphant (Ode to Joy)