Six Wisdoms from Tyee's Evening with Harry Smith
Anti-austerity campaigner continues his Canadian tour. Here's a taste.
Superstar anti-austerity campaigner Harry Leslie Smith continues his speaking tour across Canada this week, promoting his book Harry's Last Stand and sharing lessons from his experience surviving the Great Depression.Harry weaves together political history and personal struggle, filling auditoriums across Canada and Britain. The Tyee hosted Harry for a conversation about Canada's future on June 16 in Vancouver. Here are six highlights from the event.
1. On social progress, history repeats
"I am 92, which is very old by anyone's standards. I should be able to look back and see great social progress since I was born, but I don't. Since the start of the 21st century I have seen this country and the rest of the Western world slip back to a society that reminds me of my boyhood.
"Today is starting to have that same edge, that same cruelty and the same divisions of those that have and those that have not, which polarized the 1920s and 1930s. It was those divisions in Europe and North America along with extreme poverty, perverted ideologies and lack of social safety network that were contributing factors in the Second World War, The Holocaust and ultimately Europe being divided by an iron curtain for over 50 years."
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