Magical Thinking

One of the most memorable and happy moments of my life was the one in which I realized magic isn’t real.  I was a bit old for this revelation; in…

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In Many Ways, the Major Enemy of Markets Are Businesses

The types of private interest that worked against the public good that Adam Smith noted in The Wealth of Nations are almost quaint when put against the size and nature…

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Conservative by Nature, Liberal by Choice

You’re a conservative at heart. Or, at least, there’s one crouching on your shoulder. This isn’t a pejorative, by the way, or a hallucination. It’s not a judgement or shame….

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In a Time of Crisis, Journalism Needs to Be a Check on Power More Than Ever

Canada is still in the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis and unfortunately, on top of begging for masks to wear, it seems that some journalists are also begging for…

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Our War On Drugs Can Only Grow Bloodier

The War on Drugs. For most in Canada and the United States, it’s a familiar concept. A wholesale, all-out war against the drug pushers and their minions. But, it’s also…

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Class and Loathing in the Suburbs

It goes without saying that where and how you grow up (family dynamics, neighborhood, household income, schooling, etc.) plays a large part in shaping your conscious and unconscious attitudes. Your…

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Evidence-Based Is Ethical

I’m a fan of thinking things through and reasoning for myself. Most people are, to a greater or lesser extent.  But evidence trumps my reason. I make an effort (and…

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Private Power Is Not “The Market”

Many people who consider themselves proponents of free markets are comfortable with the idea that any deregulation or privatization is, at least somewhat, a victory for the principles of markets…

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Public Washrooms

You’re out, maybe with some friends, downtown. You’re having a good time nowhere in particular, bouncing between bars and venues as the mood strikes you, when something else strikes you….

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Capitalism Is Great, But Liberalism Can’t Rest on Those Laurels

In a country like Canada, one benefit of modern capitalism — paired with a set of social safety nets — is that most areas of the country1 are basically good…

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