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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The sweet smell of… freedom

In my latest National Post column I argue for marijuana legalization because free adults should make their own choices… and it is not always wrong to get high including on alcohol, nicotine or pot.

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Our duty in Syria

In my latest National Post column I argue, despite generally opposing efforts to remake the world in our image, that in situations as bad as Syria our common humanity obliges us to act.

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Remembering Vimy

On the eve of tomorrow’s anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge it’s good to see so much remembrance including the outstanding front portion of today’s National Post. It was a pivotal Allied victory in the First World War partly for strategic reasons, partly for tactical ones and partly for psychological ones given how bleak things looked in the spring of 1917.

It wasn’t just important for Canada’s sense of nationhood. The First World War, for all its horrors, was a necessary struggle for freedom and it was very important that the Allies won even if the victory was in significant measure squandered over the next two decades.

A reminder as the anniversary approaches that my documentary The Great War Remembered, which tries to explain and also to vindicate the war despite everything, is available free on YouTube.

 

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Sorry, professor, we don’t tolerate diversity here

In my latest National Post column I question the coincidence of Jordan Peterson being suddenly refused a federal government grant after he questioned radical gender orthodoxy.

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From the government and … BOOM… kaff… um…

The National Post reports that improperly constructed new unsafe ammunition storage bunkers out in Nova Scotia forced DND to move the ammo into improperly maintained old unsafe ones personnel can’t enter because of asbestos.

Next time someone wants “the government” to solve a problem, remember this is who they’re talking about.

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