China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviour

Your “credit” score declines if you criticize the government online

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviourOrwellian may be the most misused adjective in the language. Just about anything qualifies, from security cameras to law-and-order legislation to the bonus scheme for the Pan Am Games (really, see Letters to the Editor, Toronto Star). But nothing has come close to George Orwell’s dystopian technologically-based totalitarianism – until now. The Communist Party of…

Robert Conquest, the man who was right

Apologists for the Soviet Union and Stalin in particular, according to Conquest, suffered a form of “mental aberration”

Robert Conquest, the man who was rightRobert Conquest, who died on August 3 at the age of 98, was an interesting guy. He was also a man ahead of his time, someone who was prepared to row against the current when necessary. With books like The Great Terror (1968) and Harvest of Sorrow (1986), he told the truth about Stalinism, and…

The world was safer in the Soviet era

Today, principled conversation is impossible, and that’s dangerous

The world was safer in the Soviet eraRecent threats on the world stage cause me to wonder whether perhaps we should be mourning the passing of the Soviet era. With the eruption of ISIS in the Middle East and the ongoing autocracies in Russia and China, pause for a moment and think back to the last century and compare the challenges then…

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a study in oppression

The Harper government takes a principled stand against China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a study in oppression‘Aunt’ Mai, my elderly neighbour, is a smallish (4’, 10”) wonderful Chinese woman who lives a quiet life in Edmonton caring for her sister and tending to her vegetable garden. She and her family escaped to Canada at a time when China’s communists were brutalizing her homeland. During the Cultural Revolution (1966 to 76), her…

“Capitalism” saved the world

Any attempt to equate capitalism and communism is wrong-headed

“Capitalism” saved the worldIn a recent column from a Toronto journalist on communism and capitalism, the writer made an astonishing claim: While “millions have been the tragic victims of communism,” Roy MacGregor wrote, “that number pales, surely, in comparison with the victims of capitalism.” Surely, it does not. The columnist attempted to link communism and capitalism as mere…

Cure for Cuba’s illness lies in open markets

The absence of a free market at home and injured trade abroad has been costly for the Cuban people

Cure for Cuba’s illness lies in open marketsThe pre-Christmas announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba will reignite a number of debates. One will be about the cause of Cuban poverty over the past 56 years. While some will blame communism; others the American trade embargo, the correct answer is “both.” For those…
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