Category Archives: Freedom of speech

Essentials of Freedom Conference 2015

This Friday I’ll be in Calgary at the Essentials of Freedom conference organized by my friend Danny Hozack. If you’re in the area please join Danny, me, Brian Lilley, Mark Milke and others to talk about what’s going wrong and how to get it right again. Including (but you saw this coming) a discussion of Magna Carta and our upcoming documentary funded through Kickstarter.

Only in America?

Barely a week after the latest bizarre Clinton scandal erupted, this time Hillary’s inexplicable decision to use a private personal system for all her email while Secretary of State without telling anyone, a company in Connecticut has created a Hillary Clinton action figure complete with Blackberry.

Some people find the general rowdiness of the United States, including its political system, off-putting. They prefer genteel stuffiness in which establishment boats are not rocked and pundits and statespersons are not mocked.

The U.S. political system certainly has its failings, some shared with other Western democracies including Canada and some unique to itself. But I think we need more of the wide-open, lively, dynamic American tone. Their political culture reacts faster, more pointedly and more frankly, letting in more air and making more room for honest expressions of public sentiment.

The bureaucrats and the bees

In my latest Rebel Media piece I ask why government is teaching kids about sex at all. Instead of debating what’s in the state school curriculum, we should be debating state schools. John Stuart Mill said in On Liberty that the government should require parents to educate children, and make sure they could afford to, but should not deliver it because

A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation, in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.

How right he was.

What does Magna Carta mean to Canada?

Last night I attended an excellent panel discussion “Magna Carta: What does it mean to Canada?” hosted by House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer. And I was very struck by a comment by panelist the Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform) that our liberties may be eight centuries long but they are only one generation deep. Exactly why we’re making the documentary (…/magna-carta-our-shared-legacy…) and I’m delighted to report that we’re now at 45%. Nearly half way. A long road ahead… but many thanks to all who have gotten us this far and let’s keep it going.