Monthly Archives: November 2005

Politicians should discuss policy before leaving office

What’s the matter with elections? If we can’t discuss ideas, can we at least discuss why not?
After years of pondering what would constitute good public policy, with results many people consider preposterous, I find myself increasingly preoccupied with … Continue reading

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Who Needs Values?

Wouldn’t it be easier, and more civilized, to discuss matters of common concern without them?
No. In fact it would be impossible.
That conclusion will appear odd, if not offensive, to people taught to believe that it is … Continue reading

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Elections fascinate connoisseurs of deceptive dullness

As Canada echoes to the squawk of the running politician, I proudly lay before you Robson’s Field Guide to Elections. Hey, it beats Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape, crammed with fascinating regional variations … Continue reading

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Some must risk their lives when others choose death

“Take up our quarrel with the foe:/ To you from failing hands we throw/ The torch; be yours to hold it high./ If ye break faith with us who die/ We shall not sleep, though poppies grow/ In Flanders fields.”
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Generalizations about Americans are generally ridiculous

My next business venture will be T-shirts saying “I went to North Carolina and got spots.” What? You don’t want to buy shares in the company? But I really did get spots, and it was great.
Perhaps I should clarify. We … Continue reading

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