Expensive housing here to stay unless governments change policies

Governments must begin to address their own roles in keeping housing prices high

Expensive housing here to stay unless governments change policiesThe recent rise in interest rates has dampened demand for home sales in Canada. The hike, inevitable given how historically low rates have been, has taken some of the froth off housing prices. However, given how high home prices still are in Canada, a useful question to ask is what governments can do to reverse…

Canada has a robust history of freedom

Freedom is as Canadian as maple syrup and the Canadian Rockies. Don’t let collectivists tell you otherwise

Canada has a robust history of freedomEarlier this year, I stumbled across a framed copy of the Canadian Bill of Rights, the liberty-expanding law promulgated by then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and passed by Parliament in 1960. I read the document years ago but seeing it up close reminded me of Canada’s long tradition of freedom, ranging from anti-slavery efforts in the late 18th…

Memo to the right: Stop acting like the left

The left has long engaged in anti-reality thinking and behaviour. Now the right is in danger of making the same mistake

Memo to the right: Stop acting like the leftThe ideological and political left has long engaged in anti-reality thinking and behaviour. Now the right is in danger of making the same mistake. Let’s begin with the left’s errors: the assumption that humans are mere pliable creatures to be directed from the top down and that societies and governments can therefore be recreated from…

Why Canada should be celebrated, not trashed

Don’t let utopian perfectionists stop you from celebrating a tremendous accomplishment: Canada

Why Canada should be celebrated, not trashedTo understand why it’s popular among the chattering classes to trash Canada at this time of year, it helps to understand the power of utopian thinking. In past centuries, utopian movements sprang from religious impulses and secular imitations of the same nature. Religious examples include communes which, in extreme forms, separated themselves from what they…

Why all Canadians should be monarchists

Queen Elizabeth represents continuity with the past, including the best developments in Canadian history

Why all Canadians should be monarchistsWith the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation upon us, this is a useful opportunity to ponder the monarchy in Canada. Some will assert that the concept of royalty was long ago outmoded. Others oppose what Queen Elizabeth II represents – colonialism and the British Empire. It can also be argued that with an ever…

Why we should ignore teen advice on policy issues

Teenagers have virtually no life experience and no expertise but are feted as if they were Einstein

Why we should ignore teen advice on policy issuesBy Mark Milke and Martin Mrazik The Aristotle Foundation for Public Policy The war on Ukraine instigated by Russian President Vladimir Putin should be a reminder that adults and their experiences and judgments matter, i.e. thinking through whether we wish to go to war with Russia. However obvious that seems, in recent years – on…

It’s time to put the myth of ‘white privilege’ to bed

Institutional, systemic discrimination was attacked root and branch as far back as seven decades ago

It’s time to put the myth of ‘white privilege’ to bedWhen Jordan Peterson recently tweeted out a copy of Home Depot’s ‘white privilege’ memorandum given to its staff, it rightly caused a stir: Yet another corporation’s diversity, equity and inclusion staff parroting a simplistic academic theory. The memo offered the usual assumption that one’s skin colour explains incomes and opportunities, or not. It includes the…

Claims of systemic racism ignore historical realities

It is wrong to equate individual prejudice with state-sponsored discrimination

Claims of systemic racism ignore historical realitiesThe 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…

Fossil fuels remain key to Canada’s economy and security

Crucial to our national security interests and those of our allies

Fossil fuels remain key to Canada’s economy and securitySix years ago, I asked energy companies and others to fund research on why, in addition to being valuable economic commodities, oil and natural gas might be integral to Canada’s and our allies’ security interests. My theory was that Canadians who usually think only superficially about fossil fuels might be more sympathetic to their development…

Why we need a statute of limitations against the past

The case against (most) reparations

Why we need a statute of limitations against the pastThe 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 for all observed…
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