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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Drifting toward tyrannical shoals

The expression “church and state” still carries a vague echo, from some bygone era; a slight reverberation in our large vacuous public spaces. We hear...

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...

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,...

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 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...

A paleontological sideshow

Readers with any chaste interest in the sciences will have noticed an appalling load of codswallop being sledged through mass media this last week....