Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ruled by legalistic minds

First, let’s kill all the lawyers. I hasten to specify, this is a quote. And to add that some of my best friends are...

Going the way of the Greeks

The question of whether Turkey should be added to the European Union is rapidly being replaced by the question of whether Greece should remain...

Permission to win

So far as I can make out—I am not writing from Iraq, but I do make a splendid effort to follow the plot there—the...

Don’t follow the leaders

Perhaps I was too optimistic in my Wednesday column, which gave reasons to hope the London G20 Summit would null out entirely—and thus, no...

In a sad state

Good morning, stupid Laurentian Canadians. The appellation is not mine, but rather lifted from the works of Barry Cooper, a dear friend in Alberta,...

Save us, please, from those who would save the earth

Snow fell on London this last week, a beautiful blanket of snow—the first to fall in the month of October since the year of...

Icesave

Today’s column, on the lighter side of bottomless debt, or the levity in leveraging, will be flippant. I ask my reader to bear this...

Presidential decision making

The extreme delay in getting decisions out of Washington that were urgent many months ago, on how to proceed in Afghanistan, was made sickly...

Environmentalism gets the vapours

Hardly for the first time, I touched this last week on the strange conceit of the environmentalists, who are making an international campaign of...

The slope was indeed slippery

When same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005, I argued that polygamy would follow. This is now happening. There is nothing much we can do about...

Case of political madness

Let me ask my reader some personal questions. Do you hear voices? Have you ever experienced hallucinations? A mutter that becomes audible with no...

Tribute to a contrarian

Scott Symons died, age 75, early Monday, in a nursing home in Toronto. It was an event that would have splashed harder into the...

Malled all over

The secular shopping year takes a long time to die, but its death throes are now upon us. Yesterday was Black Friday, and not...

Resisting a voracious state

In France, the legal retirement age is 60. President Sarkozy, who like every other European leader is desperate to balance the books, proposes to...

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...