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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Is “Le Pen” French for “Trump”?

In my latest National Post column I say that closing ranks to defeat Marine Le Pen while ignoring the sources of the discontent she taps into would be to forget the lessons of Donald Trump if, indeed, people ever learned any.

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Wish I’d said that – April 23, 2017

“Suddenly it becomes evident that things which for thousands of years the human imagination had banished to a realm beyond human competence can be manufacture right here on earth, that Hell and Purgatory, and even a shadow of their perpetual duration, can be established by the most modern methods of destruction and therapy. To these people (and they are more numerous in any large city than we like to admit) the totalitarian hell proves only that the power of man is greater than they ever dared to think, and that man can realize hellish fantasies without making the sky fall or the earth open…. Nothing perhaps distinguishes modern masses as radically from those of previous centuries as the loss of faith in a Last Judgement: the worst have lost their fear and the best have lost their hope.”

Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, with specific reference to film footage from Nazi concentration camps

 

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Wish I’d said that – April 20, 2017

“It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts.”

Bill Vaughan, quoted as “Thought du jour” in Social Studies in Globe and Mail June 1, 2009

 

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Made it!

Yahoo! The Kickstarter campaign has closed and The Environment: A True Story is funded. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

I’ll keep people posted as the production process unfolds. And if you meant to contribute but didn’t get to it, I’m still happy to accept support by cheque or via PayPal; email me for details. But for now, a great big thank you to all our backers. I literally can’t do it without you.

 

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