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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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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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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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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We Are Not Guilty of a Colonial Past, But We Are Its Inheritors

Our Inheritance Conversations on the history and implications of colonialism (specifically the British and French versions inflicted on North America) often filter down, for many people, to one of two…

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Stop It With the “Fire in a Crowded Theatre” Thing

Of the many arguments and stances people use against proponents of virtually unrestrained freedom of speech and expression, none is so persistent as the short and sweet “you can’t shout…

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Technology Won’t “Solve Education” — Changing the Way We View It Will

Murmurings from the tech world this year indicate that many are hoping that, in the not-so-distant future, education will be replaced with brain implants. No more (say proponents of this…

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