Why Milton Friedman’s ideas still resonate

Why Milton Friedman’s ideas still resonateWere he still alive, Milton Friedman would have celebrated his 107th birthday on July 31. An intellectual giant, his ideas played a significant role in making the world a freer and more prosperous place. Those ideas remain vital. From driving the elimination of military conscription in the United States to influencing the economic transformations that…

It’s getting impossible to escape from Trump

Our columnist hoped his summer vacation to Vancouver Island would be free of any overheated exchanges about the U.S. President. It wasn't

It’s getting impossible to escape from TrumpI’d really hoped that we wouldn’t meet over the summer vacation. I planned a summer kayak trip out of range of cellphones and far away from cities. And that part of the strategy really worked. He was nowhere to be seen in the Broken Group or even the Tiny Group of offshore islands in Barkley…

What exactly do U.S. socialism enthusiasts have in mind?

The Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, are often trotted out as great examples of superior social systems. But a closer look at the details raises concerns

What exactly do U.S. socialism enthusiasts have in mind?Referring to American millennials’ purported fascination with socialism, someone recently cracked that perhaps they’re confusing the term with social media. But wickedly irreverent though that crack might be, it fails to do justice to millennials and their aspirations. However, the question remains: What exactly do these socialism enthusiasts have in mind? Unlike left-wingers in the…

Conservatives “the party of the uneducated?”

Contrary to a university professor's snide remark deriding Conservatives, every vote matters in an election, from a garbageman to a neurosurgeon

Conservatives “the party of the uneducated?”Various academic studies in the U.S. have examined a voter’s level of education and juxtaposed it with his/her political preferences. In most cases, voters with more education tend to lean liberal rather than conservative. The Pew Research Center noted in a March 2018 study, for instance, that 54 per cent of college graduates either identified…

Single-use plastic ban won’t solve waste problem

Economic reasoning and basic statistics show that such bans are largely symbolic gestures that come with real downsides

Single-use plastic ban won’t solve waste problemPrime Minister Justin Trudeau recently proposed a federal ban on certain single-use plastics, in an effort to protect marine life and the beauty of Canadian shores. But the proposal fails to get to the root of the problem. Trudeau justified the proposal by saying, “We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce…

Ont. court to doctors: choose your conscience, or your career

An Ontario court decision reveals a vision that’s equal, equitable and a la carte – and defies doctors freedom of conscience

Ont. court to doctors: choose your conscience, or your careerThis is one of those times I’m glad I’m not a family doctor. Or, more specifically, a family doctor (any medical doctor, really) who objects to certain procedures based on my conscience. Because if I was, and if I was working in Ontario, I’d find myself choosing between my career, and all I’ve worked for,…

Socialism at root of the green movement

Recent global developments cast doubt on the motives and methods of the most ardent proponents of global warming

Socialism at root of the green movementThe headlong rush in Canada to punitive carbon taxes, and restrictions on production, transport and consumption of coal, oil and natural gas, may take a much-needed pause. That’s due to the SNC-Lavalin affair dragging down the federal government, the resignation of a key leader of the World Bank, and a new head of the presidential…

Reasoned skepticism about climate change is healthy

Let’s not deal with the grim science of cynical political marketing and hyperbole. Instead, we should rigorously adjudicate all belief

Reasoned skepticism about climate change is healthySpotting headlines about the recent United Nations report prophesying imminent global extinction of a million species, I immediately wondered at the media response should Donald Trump ever claim to have eaten a million ice-cream cones. Instinct tells me swarms of media fact-checkers would have been at every Baskin-Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s in the United…

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Here we are, stuck in the middle without a perfect solution to Alberta's voting dilemma

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right“It’s the economy, stupid,” Bill Clinton declared in his successful bid for the U.S. presidency in 1992. Today, in Alberta, worried citizens feel the same zeitgeist that Clinton captured so concisely for Americans 27 years ago. Now, citizens of this province must choose their medicine carefully, looking for authentic remedies amidst all the snake oil…

Can capitalism help save republicanism – and the United States?

It’s time to give individuals personal ownership of their data and, in essence, an equity stake in the new means of production

Can capitalism help save republicanism – and the United States?Canadians turning their gaze south are becoming increasingly concerned that the United States is descending into anarchy and despotism. Apart from the chaotic White House, the dysfunctional Congress and the astronomical public debt, American society is becoming dangerously divided as powerful forces continue their relentless concentrations of wealth and power. This is a far cry…