Friday, September 20, 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...

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...

Breathing free of the nanny state

In addition to its reasonable and traditional claim to a monopoly on force—to enforce laws, and provide for the defence of the realm—the modern...

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...

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...

Robin Hoodism is on the rise

Once upon a time, and in some periodical publication somewhere, I wrote a piece on Robin Hood. It was a review of some semi-scholarly...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The tyranny of science

As Paul Feyerabend, one of my scientific heroes, wrote in his 1975 essay, How to defend Society against Science: “In society at large the...

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...

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...

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...