Category Archives: Economics

Economy doesn’t need feds’ meddling

Apparently the Harper Tories might finally start meddling in the economy, picking winners and losers, jettisoning the lessons of the last 40 years, fiscal prudence and their professed core beliefs to hand out public money to everyone with a hat. … Continue reading

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Is it time to revisit Prohibition?

Ottawa has a problem with guns and gangs. Several problems actually. But the biggest one, as usual, is conceptual, because if you don’t realize what you’re doing wrong you can’t change it.
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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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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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Cellphones do everything, just nothing useful

Can I complain about technology here? Not my usual curmudgeonly bit about how machinery can’t save our souls, social media are stupid and electric light killed the night sky. I mean why are we surrounded by so much fancy stuff … Continue reading

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