Category Archives: Arts & culture

The myth of the ‘international community’

The Gaza crisis and shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine should at least stop loose talk of the “international community.” There is no such thing, and if there were, it wouldn’t be on the side of the … Continue reading

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Free-range chickens, cooped-up kids

Here’s an amazing story. Amazing as in dreadful. A South Carolina mom just got arrested for letting her kid go play in a park.
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Fight prostitution, just don’t ban it

We face a multiple choice question on prostitution: Criminalize it for both parties, legalize it, or pursue the “Nordic model” where it’s illegal to buy sex but not to sell it. All have drawbacks but you must pick one.
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Canada’s capital needs a facelift

A friend, no star-spangled admirer of all things American, just returned from Washington D.C. asking why our capital is so dingy compared to theirs. I fear the answer is a commitment to mediocrity, a passion for the bronze.
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Getting a read on our politicians

You should never buy a man’s chicken until you’ve seen his bookshelf. At least so says Joel Salatin, a countercultural conservative organic farmer profiled in Michael Pollan’s brilliant The Omnivore’s Dilemma, because, “The way I produce a chicken is an … Continue reading

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