My attempt to explain the Trudeau-Notley compromise: take climate change seriously, halt Alberta's growth in emissions, and use a rising price on carbon to cut Canada's fossil CO2 emissions, while continuing to export Canadian oil and trying to get the best price for it instead of leaving money on the …read more
Robert Gilpin, War and Change in World Politics (1981), on the difficulty of retreat:
The fundamental problem with a policy of appeasement and accommodation is to find a way to pursue it that does not lead to continuing deterioration in a state's prestige and international position. Retrenchment by its very …
Robert Gilpin, War and Change in International Politics (1981), describes the relationship between economic growth and power, like Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict, 1500-2000. Compared to Kennedy, Gilpin's book is considerably more abstract and concise.
Gilpin describes the dynamics of …read more
Taxation and public spending is basically a form of collective shopping. For some goods (food, clothing) it makes no sense to buy them collectively. For others (roads, insurance) it does make sense.
Joseph Heath, Filthy Lucre:
One of the goods that can often be purchased most efficiently through taxes is …
An illustration of wastefulness as a sin, from a novel set in 14th-century Norway: The Mistress of Husaby (1921), the second novel of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, by Sigrid Undset.
Kristin had not had much sleep the first night, even though the priests had blessed her bed. 'Twas spread above …
Back in August, someone on Reddit asked:
Please excuse my ignorance on this topic (I only arrived in Canada recently) - but can someone explain like I'm five the whole pipeline situation?
I think of it as an irresistible force (there's $15 billion/year at stake) meeting an immovable object (the …read more
Parents are concerned about the legalization of marijuana in Canada. How can we protect our teenage children from using marijuana?
The basic problem is that people don't believe marijuana is dangerous. If they don't believe it's dangerous, even making it illegal doesn't help.
Consider cigarettes. Smoking has been …read more
Translated from English by Lenny Nan Zhou. English version.
加拿大兒科學會的建議還包括以下內容 …read more
Hobbes argues that a government is responsible to keep its destitute citizens from starving to death. From Richard Tuck, Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction (1989).
... if the distribution of property works in such a way that people are physically endangered by it, and members of the commonwealth do not have …
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