Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Canada stands tall

There was a moment this week in which I felt very proud to be Canadian. There could be moments like that in any...

They who confront false gods

We have just celebrated our northern Thanksgiving; and I, for one, am still assimilating an infusion of pheasant, stuffed with wild rice; of lamb...

End our ‘multiuniversities’

Before leaving the topic of, “Education, Need to get government out of,” in my naive Sunday series on “What is to be done,” let...

Redemption through paperbacks

They look so frail, now—this “parcel of Penguins” that has resurfaced from my own distant past. They are from a time less than half...

Violence in the name of religion

Allow me to preface today’s thought with a short bibliography (two books). These works will not be assigned: I’ve scanned the one, and read...

In search of a meaningful education

Gentle reader and I are enduring my series of Sunday columns in which I consider not “what is wrong with the world” but rather,...

A police-patrolled brothel

By striking down all laws that limited the practice of prostitution in Canada, this week, Judge Susan Himel, of the Ontario Superior Court, was...

Ban the what?

It would appear that a significant thing has happened—an act of war with extraordinary consequences—without anyone getting visibly upset. Perhaps I am understating: but...

Get the state out of education

If you could completely privatize just one government function, what would that be? Without much hesitation, my answer to that question would be, education—in the...

Breaking the taboo

In the Swedish Riksdag election this week, 20 seats were won by the “racist, anti-immigrant, far right” Sweden Democrat Party. Only 329 were not. The...

The outsider is coming inside

Polls are said to take the pulse of a nation. The pulse of a healthy patient remains fairly stable, with minor fluctuations through the...

Articulating freedom

In this space last week, I warned my readers that I’d embarked on an eccentric little journey. Inspired, somewhat, by the Tea Party phenomenon...

A beautiful soul

The easiest columns become the hardest to write. When I learned that Anne Roche Muggeridge had died, my first thought was incommunicable; but my...

The biggest non-story of the year

Much has been said and written over the Florida pastor who was threatening to burn copies of the Koran last week—quite amazing quantities of...

Our cynical democracy

Learned a new word this week: “bobbleheads.” More precisely, I learned a new metaphor, having heard the word itself long before, applied to those...