Thursday, March 21, 2019

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...

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...

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 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 doctrine of Darwin

Tomorrow, Feb. 12, will be the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. By coincidence it is also Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, but the media hype...

Dubai World: Cursed and corrupted by oil

On the face of things, the financial collapse of the United Arab Emirate of Dubai would seem to be, in the broad world of...

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...

Playing to the crowd

No sooner had I filed my Saturday column about the abuse of fact and reason in President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech, than I found...

When foreign aid gets in the way

Amid all the doom, gloom, algal bloom and media zoom spread by professional environmental alarmists—nearly 50 years now of continuous taxpayer-funded eco-socialist hysteria—it is...

Confrontational

This is “Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week” in the USA. To Canadian eyes that will sound a little confrontational—we’ve always been better at walking the walk,...

Pope deserves better credit

Palm Sunday is as good a day as any to be defending the Catholic Church against the latest onslaught of media smears, and the...

Obamania

The term “reality check” is often used by the media in assessing the claims of politicians. It could also be applied to electorates, and...

God bless her

Patriotism, in addition to being the last refuge of a scoundrel, connotes a certain sense of belonging. It is a love for one’s own...

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...