Wish I’d said that – May 24, 2017

“First, incentives matter to all human behaviour…. Like it or not, individuals will undertake more of an activity if the costs of that activity are reduced; this holds as much for bureaucrats as it does for profit-maximizing owners of firms.”

Terry L. Anderson and Donald R. Leal, Free Market Environmentalism

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Wanna cry over Internet insecurity?

In my latest National Post column I say it’s amazing how little attention we give to cybersecurity given the stakes in today’s “connected” world.

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A prince of a man

In my latest National Post column I praise Prince Philip for his character, modesty and acid wit, three things the modern world needs badly.

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Wish I’d said that – May 7, 2017

“It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

James Madison, “A Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785” according to The Federalist Patriot Founders’ Quote Daily November 22, 2005 (from Federalist.com)

 

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Wish I’d said that – May 4, 2017

“As long as history is regarded as ‘philosophy teaching by examples’ drawn from real life, this tendency to write up the virtues of past ages will persist. So long also will classical scholars be tempted to seek to enhance the value of their subject by dwelling with enthusiasm upon the moral worth of the Romans.”

F.R. Cowell, Cicero and the Roman Republic

 

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The wise old journalist

In my latest National Post column I say if the Senate can write silly patronizing children’s books for adults, I can too. Please send me money.

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Hey, do incentives matter… again?

In my latest National Post column I express dismay that yet another expansion of a social program, in this case EI, cost more than expected because paying people to do something caused more of them to do it. Of all things.

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