It’s About Control, Not Liberty

Modern conservatism and right-wing ideology in the United States in particular and North America in general often defines itself by its devotion to liberty. For many, I imagine, this is…

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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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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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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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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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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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Pants, as Well as Rainforests, on Fire

The fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest caused as much of a conflagration on social media as amongst the trees themselves.  Though fire can be a natural phenomenon in any…

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Compulsory Voting

“Wow. Voter turnout these days is really in the toilet. Even in this bare-knuckle, no-holds-barred, going for the throat and genitals (not in that order) kinda election, only what, 60…

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Mushy in the Middle

It’s a common lament when Canada goes to the polls, whether federally, provincially, or municipally.  The parties are all the same! Why bother picking one? There’s hardly a difference between…

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Nature — Red in Tooth and Claw

Appeals to nature are painfully common in our public discourse. From capitalism being the most natural economic system (a loathsomely clumsy comparison to Charles Darwin’s survival of the fittest) to…

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