BLM’s attack on empiricism – and capitalism

Even Obama is accused of claiming that black people are an inferior racial group

BLM’s attack on empiricism – and capitalismThe following is an excerpt from The Victim Cult: How The Grievance Culture Hurts Everyone And Wrecks Civilizations by Mark Milke. In this excerpt, Milke details how the “new” definition of racism from Ibram X. Kendi and others hollow out hard facts and reasoned analyses when a monocausal explanation – racism – is offered up…

The quixotic push for Hillary in 2024

Promoting Hillary as the answer to the Biden/Harris debacle is a dubious proposition

The quixotic push for Hillary in 2024Reading the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago, I found myself doing a double take. Could the authors of a particular opinion column be serious? Hillary Clinton’s 2024 Election Comeback was attributed to the joint efforts of Douglas Schoen and Andrew Stein. Schoen previously worked for the Clintons in a pollster/consultant capacity and…

The case for vaccine mandates is collapsing

It's more about a grab for power than about public health

The case for vaccine mandates is collapsing“The unvaxxed, I really feel like pissing them off,” said French President Emanuel Macron a few days ago. “And so we’re going to keep on doing that, to the very end. That’s the strategy.” In an interview in September, an outraged Justin Trudeau accused unvaccinated Canadians of being “extremists” who are “often misogynistic and racist.”…

Why Christmas matters in a secular society

It is shortsighted to restrict ourselves to a candy cane diet of Christmas cuteness

Why Christmas matters in a secular societyWe go to extremes to avoid the religious aspects of Christmas in the public sphere, and we are worse for it. Christian beliefs about Christmas might offend someone in our secular and multicultural society, so we ignore its religious and historical background. The reluctance to mention the origins of this much-loved holiday permeates early childhood…

Thunberg has world leaders in the palm of her hand

World leaders are doing everything Thunberg and people like her say, without batting an eye

Thunberg has world leaders in the palm of her handIt seems everything is about justice these days. As I drove home from the store recently, I saw a sign for the elections here in New York from the local Democratic Party, promising “equity, equality, and justice for all.” Beyond the obvious concerns any sane person should have about a promise of “equity,” the sign…

A school board’s preposterous censoring of a Nobel laureate

No one believes the decision to cancel two prominent women from speaking was a simple misunderstanding

A school board’s preposterous censoring of a Nobel laureateCanada has experienced some strange episodes of late when it comes to free speech. Two recent decisions on the education front are real doozies, however. The Toronto District School Board cancelled two book club events involving prominent, well-respected female leaders from ethnic backgrounds. Why? For fear and concern (completely unfounded, mind you) that these talks…

Calgary mayor already straying off course

Declaring an environmental emergency without debate is manipulatively undemocratic

Calgary mayor already straying off courseCalgary recently swore in its first female mayor, Jyoti Gondek, and she has already delivered a troubling message. A week earlier, less than 24 hours after winning the mayoral race, she gave her first post-election talk-radio interview to 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, mostly involving a series of softball questions. He asked her the obligatory woke…

Coming to terms with the politics of self-righteousness

The problem is neither the ideas nor the charged rhetoric, but simply the blatant determination to silence critics

Coming to terms with the politics of self-righteousnessWe live in angry, intolerant times. The ideological battles of yesteryear seem downright quaint compared to the swirling mess that currently passes for public debate. Politeness and passion have been replaced with intransigence and condemnation from all across the ideological and cultural spectrum. Nuanced political debates are reduced to black and white standoffs, with combatants…

Remembrance Day has become a battlefield for identity politics

The very symbolism of standing together to fight a common enemy is being irreparably eroded

Remembrance Day has become a battlefield for identity politicsWe Canadians are always learning to respond to our own failings, the misguided policies and injustices perpetrated by previous generations and governments, and the many institutions that remain unchanged today. Sometimes, clearing the fog of bias, hate and injustice has been a slow process. Nonetheless, the lens is being cleaned, and everyone today has access…

Ontario Liberal proposal for women-only nominations is just stupid

Does the party really believe women can't win in a fair fight against men?

Ontario Liberal proposal for women-only nominations is just stupidPolitical parties propose and support many policies and ideas. Some ideas are top-flight and beneficial to their political fortunes. Others seem good in theory, but may require additional tinkering or minor adjustment(s). Still other ideas may turn out to be untenable, or require a significant overhaul or have to be abandoned. Then there are ideas…

A free speech ruling that celebrates (of all things) free speech

Maxime Bernier launched a defamation lawsuit against former Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella

A free speech ruling that celebrates (of all things) free speechCanada respects the principle of free speech. Unfortunately, our governments often have a love-hate relationship with this important personal freedom. They’ve created several restrictions and barriers that have, at times, made speech appear to be far less free. Yet, a recent – and important – free speech ruling may be one of those rare birds…

Why the right to wear a poppy at work needs to be protected

Radical "progressives" are attempting to rewrite history when it comes to Remembrance Day

Why the right to wear a poppy at work needs to be protectedAfter more than 20 months dealing with COVID-19, the vast majority of Canadians are gradually getting back into the swing of things. There were proper celebrations in many households for Thanksgiving last month and many children, including my son, were happy to go trick-or-treating for Halloween on Sunday. Unfortunately, several holidays will likely have to…

Atlanta baseball team’s offensive name must go

Indigenous nicknames, logos, mascots and rituals are inappropriate and insensitive

Atlanta baseball team’s offensive name must goWhy is this so hard? In the year 2021, why do some sports organizations still insist on using Indigenous American names, mascots, caricatures, rituals, etc., to promote their team? And in the case of Atlanta’s Major League Baseball team, why do they continue to encourage fans to do the tomahawk chop by turning the lights…

The 26th Blah Blah Blah Festival (aka COP26)

Those who care about the climate act; those who care about blah blah blah will all be in Glasgow

The 26th Blah Blah Blah Festival (aka COP26)The Cop26 climate summit starts in Glasgow, UK, on October 31, and countries must deliver tougher pledges to cut emissions to keep the goal of 1.5C within reach. According to the UN, carbon emissions will rise by 16 per cent by 2030, rather than fall by half as governments previously agreed to in Paris at…

Alberta judge’s anti-free speech ruling must be challenged

Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Adam Germain's ruling hostile to a free and democratic society

Alberta judge’s anti-free speech ruling must be challengedPolitically determined public health guidelines during the covid-19 pandemic have come with a cost. Governments have defined essential and non-essential services, ostensibly to ensure Canadians have access to food. Not all can afford essential services food – that’s a story for another day – so food banks have remained open alongside grocery sellers. Several non-essential…

Raising corporate tax rates will hurt us all

Raising corporate taxes would hurt firms’ profitability and growth. Employment and wages would suffer

Raising corporate tax rates will hurt us allThe finance ministers of more than 130 nations and territories have arrived at a tentative agreement to create a tax floor⁠ – a minimum corporate tax rate of a proposed 15 per cent. Its proponents, sadly including Canada, claim it will create a "level playing field" and stop a "race to the bottom." Some nations face…

Burning churches, toppling statues won’t ease the pain

And may make the situation worse

Burning churches, toppling statues won’t ease the painIn July, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the arson and vandalism of Catholic churches across Canada in the wake of discoveries of unmarked graves at former residential schools. After more than 1,100 unmarked graves were discovered at the sites of schools previously run by the Catholic Church in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, protests erupted. Statues…

Taxing savers is not the solution to Canada’s economic woes

Governments have to stop giving in to populist pressures

Taxing savers is not the solution to Canada’s economic woesNow that the federal election is over, several financial sector experts and economists are turning their attention to the Trudeau government’s promise to raise the corporate income tax rate for banks and insurance companies from 15 per cent to 18 per cent. But while attacking these financial giants can pay off politically, the fact is…

Our fear of single-use plastics is simply irrational

Any sane person understands that plastic-phobia is irrational and a non-problem

Our fear of single-use plastics is simply irrationalCanadian governments, like many around the world, are once again in the grip of toxic plastic-phobia: an irrational and potentially harmful fear of plastics. Proposals to ban “single-use” plastics (under varying definitions) are all the rage across Canada, where the plastic-phobes, like locusts, have re-emerged from the obscurity imposed on them by the imminent spectre…

The rise of the golden age of stupidity

The pandemic is making scapegoats of those that only yesterday we called fellow citizens and neighbours

The rise of the golden age of stupidityAmerican writer Lance Morrow recently identified our current moment as the golden age of stupidity. No evidence exists that the author of America: A Rediscovery and Second Drafts of History was peeping across the border watching the 2021 Canadian federal election when he made the claim. That’s probably a good thing. Morrow's language might have…

Oil and gas taxes play significant role in Canadian social programs

If the sector disappeared, taxes would have to be increased substantially to provide us with the services we have come to expect

Oil and gas taxes play significant role in Canadian social programsBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Between 1969 and 2019, Canadian parents received $499 billion in family allowance payments and children’s benefits from the federal government. That 50-year cost was matched by $505 billion in revenues to governments from the oil and gas sector – except that such taxpayer cash was collected…

Beware the totalitarian instincts of ‘the collective’

The conflation of state and individual has long been popular among those who crave power over others

Beware the totalitarian instincts of ‘the collective’Last spring, Trent University Professor Christopher Dummitt took us all to task for our insufficient dedication to the collective – which, he worries, leaves those who “call for national sacrifice” on behalf of “the collective will” in a bind, bereft of the obedience they deserve. Dummitt’s alleged “collective action problem” betrays a fundamentally illiberal misunderstanding…

Any unwanted abortion is a tragedy

But many Canadian women feel they don't have any alternative

Any unwanted abortion is a tragedyThe 2021 Canadian election has begun, and that means that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is talking about abortion. This isn’t primarily a tactic to rake in new votes; Trudeau’s team knows that solidly pro-abortion voters are already voting Liberal, and the ambivalent majority doesn’t make it a ballot issue. But pushing abortion at home and…

Why respectful debate makes society better

Many of us have become very defensive about expressing our views

Why respectful debate makes society betterA 2018 episode of Channel 4 News from the United Kingdom has become rather infamous. Canadian psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson is interviewed by Cathy Newman about his book 12 Rules of Life, feminism and gender identity. Peterson has become very popular among those on the extreme right of the political spectrum. He has also…

The hidebound habits of the journalistic mind

'Reporting' today is simply a note-perfect parrot-squawk of State-approved storylines

The hidebound habits of the journalistic mindAn editor-in-chief infamous for, shall we say, whimsy once decreed no opening sentence of any news story could exceed 21 words. The impromptu commandment unleashed a newsroom tizzy equivalent to what might have erupted if an exotic dancer had walked in bearing a burlap bag full of ferrets and released them during her performance. The…

How racially-charged sports team names marginalize your neighbours

Cleveland MLB franchise sees the light and adopts a new name

How racially-charged sports team names marginalize your neighboursCleveland Guardians. Sure it sounds weird. Cleveland’s baseball team has been called the Indians for more than a century. But everyone will get used to it. Most importantly, it was the right thing to do. Yes, the name Indians is less egregious than the blatantly racist name Redskins that Washington’s National Football League team used…

Teaching nothing less than an authentic quest for truth

If I’m not willing to risk being questioned and to even risk being wrong, then I have no business calling myself a teacher

Teaching nothing less than an authentic quest for truthI’ve always believed I shouldn’t ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself. This generally works very well. If employees see the boss picking up garbage, for example, they’re more likely to do it themselves. This principle also applies to teaching. I can’t ask my students to treat each other with respect if I’m…

Creating better universities for a vibrant economy

Universities have become scary places for any student who doesn’t share the views of the minority

Creating better universities for a vibrant economyUniversities have changed drastically since the beginning of the 20th century. And more change is needed. Universities had already evolved from their role as places where sons (not daughters) of the wealthy and noble could acquire some of the traditional culture needed to retain their status in the leadership positions they were destined for. Practical…

Defiant preachers defending our constitutional rights

A new generation of preachers is following in William Penn's footsteps by defending our constitutional freedoms

Defiant preachers defending our constitutional rightsFor the defiant act of holding church services despite public health orders, Alberta pastors James Coates, Tim Stephens and Art Pawlowski were arrested and jailed. Some, including those within the faith, think the pastors should acquiesce to the government edicts. These people forget that it was similar defiance by devout Quaker William Penn that established…

Vandalizing Emily Murphy for no good reason

Was the icon of feminism really a racist?

Vandalizing Emily Murphy for no good reasonOh, dear, the statue-defacing vigilantes are at it again! One of the latest targets is erstwhile Canadian feminist icon Emily Murphy (no relation). Her Edmonton statue got the red paint treatment in mid-July. Predictably, the ‘racist’ epithet was deployed. Indeed, the National Post’s news story went beyond merely noting the racist allegation. It accepted it…
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