Monday, July 22, 2019

Measuring the pain and costs of broken families

Readers may recall my view of government statistics. I’m against them. Not against bookkeeping, but against trying to measure society (including “the economy”) in...

An interesting, if detestable, man

Several readers actually complained when I did not write about the late Edward Kennedy on the weekend. “In a week when one of the...

Stephen & Stéphane

Stephen Harper’s only discernible principle, is to achieve and consolidate political power. I have no doubt that he thinks this is for the greater...

Stop waiting for policy

I mentioned recently in this space a book by John Pepall, Against Reform, just published, which gets to the core of national politics. And...

Something worse than terrorism

It is such a rare event when I disagree with George Jonas, my hero and mentor among Canadian newspaper columnists (along with the late...

Carpe diem

I have been accused of pessimism, by sundry correspondents, for my fairly consistently dark analyses of current trendlines in worldly affairs. And it is...

The historical fact of Israel

Along the latest fork prong in the “roadmap to peace,” the Palestinian side has declared that, while it is true Yasser Arafat “recognized” the...

The miserly Canadian

Canadians, as everyone should know, are tightwads. This is true of Christmas-season giving, but also true in every other season of the year. When...

The limits of atheism

I get such apoplectic letters, whenever I write about “evolutionism,” that I really can’t resist writing about it again. This is not, of course,...

The Church has failed us

The volcano in Iceland willing, the Pope will be in Portugal for four days, doing what modern Popes do, including a huge outdoor Mass...

Let the children play

In one of those delightful articles to which one is referred, often and to the most unlikely places—if one has bookmarked Arts and Letters...

The killing fields

The word “euthanasia” was designed from the beginning as a euphemism—as an attempt to draw the happy face over a profoundly ugly thing, and...

Sticks and stones

One is called so many things, in this line of work, including aspersions on the line of work. There are so many terms to...

Victims of the revolution

At the moment, a number of “interesting” cases are coming before Canada’s inaptly-named “human rights commissions.” I have mentioned in this space before the...

Obama is impressive—scarily so

It must be good for any President of the United States, or other freshly-minted leader, to be free of his “first 100 days.” For...