The Tricky Business of Violence

The tricky business of violence against the state (or other systems of power) is really defined by two questions: When is violence acceptable and justifiable on principle, and when is…

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Thanks, I Guess

When massive Western corporations provide relief and assistance during a pandemic, these stories are easily framed by corporate communications teams, the government, and mass media as some sort of angelic…

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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks, But No Thanks

Over a year ago, when the Ontario general election (that I did not cast a vote in) was happening, I saw encouragement on social media for voters to consider declining…

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Fiscal Conservatism Without Alternatives Is Not a Solution

Those who consider themselves proponents of small government and, supposedly, markets, are often too excited at the possibility of any form of fiscal conservatism occurring at any level of government, regardless of…

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Regardless of Intentions, Justin Trudeau’s Leaky Ship Has Done Canadians a Favor

[This piece is a followup to a previous one on Speaking Liberally. For a little more context for this article, and quick summary on the charges against SNC-Lavalin, you can…

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