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solving world problems, one blog post at a time

It’s a new year and I’d like to start it by solving some world problems. So let’s get to it. A couple of days ago a headline appeared on Google News that Argentina is again demanding that the U.K. cede … Continue reading

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the Commonwealth of Life

Over today’s lunch of cold leftover pizza (vegetarian, hold the pineapple, but argh the pineapple came anyway) I browsed through the fall 2012 issue of Finding Solutions, the newsletter of the David Suzuki Foundation. Dr. Suzuki himself always writes a … Continue reading

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my election results

A week ago, the day after the U.S. elections, I had my teeth cleaned over at my dentist in Vancouver. While he was inspecting my mouth, to make conversation he said, “And what about the election down south—were you following … Continue reading

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why liberal education, again?

Why do I feel that a specifically liberal education is so important? I see it this way. People are different. While we all belong to the same species, we have different backgrounds, characters, interests, and aims. Sometimes these aims come … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Inflation by Henry Hazlitt

What You Should Know About Inflation by Henry Hazlitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short, lucid primer explains everything you need to know about the current economy. Yes, that’s right: the current economy. For although this book was … Continue reading

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Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin My rating: 3 of 5 stars Inside the thicket of familiar Communist polemic are some thought-provoking and still-relevant insights. In the 1990s I used to read The Globe and Mail, and … Continue reading

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The Golden Revolution by John Butler

The Golden Revolution: How to Prepare for the Coming Global Gold Standard by John Butler My rating: 4 of 5 stars This sometimes academic-sounding book takes a levelheaded look at the implications of a global return to the gold standard–a … Continue reading

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Marx by Karl Marx

Marx by Karl Marx My rating: 3 of 5 stars The two works in this volume, Capital and Manifesto of the Communist Party, represented efforts by their author to wear the hats respectively of social scientist and of revolutionary firebrand. … Continue reading

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Prosperity Without Growth by Tim Jackson

Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Although, as a longtime environmentalist, I’m a member of the choir that this author is preaching to, I found myself resisting much of … Continue reading

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Taxi Driver: the shape of things to come

IMDb rating: 8.5/10 My rating: 8/10 Having talked about the subject of mental health in my post about One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and who gets to call whom insane, I find myself confronted with similar issues in the … Continue reading

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