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 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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Wish I’d said that – April 18, 2017

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”

Dwight Eisenhower, quoted as “Thought du jour” in Social Studies in Globe and Mail July 11 2012

 

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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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Still time to add your name

It’s really exciting that The Environment: A True Story has made its basic funding target on Kickstarter and the project will definitely be going forward. If you’ve contributed, let me repeat how grateful I am. It’s because of you that I’m able to proceed. And I do appreciate how many other worthy demands there are on your resources.

If you haven’t contributed, let me remind you that anyone who puts in any sum, even just $1 dollar, will be listed in the credits unless they request anonymity. Given the unpleasant rhetoric that accompanies the misleading science of the climate alarmists, it makes a difference to have people stand up against the sneering and be counted on the side of clarity and decency.

Look, if you’re in a position to make a substantial contribution I’m keen to have it. We do have a stretch target and all sorts of things we’d like to include in the project if we can fit them into the budget. But regardless, if you want to take a stand, put in a dollar, or two, or ten between now and Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT and I’ll be proud to add your name to the nearly 500 people already on the list of backers.

Thanks.

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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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