Why we accept absurdities

I actually divide the population into those who assume and those who think. Ayn Rand brilliantly summed it up, “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other – until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.”

To Founder or to Flourish

While the federal Liberals, under Mr Truduea purchased and promised to approve the twinning of the TransMountain pipeline, they did not bother to send any representation to speak favouring the project in the latest court challenge. The government’s sincerity in support of this pipeline is questionable as the loudest voice in Mr Truduea’s ear is his faithful, anti-oil environmentalist, Gerald Butts.

Quality of Life and Energy.

And so the question, can bureaucratic control lead to societal success? Can a population flourish when every decision must be made by a self-serving committee? We’ve been warned of the dangers of doing so by the signers of the Magna Carta, by John Locke, by Ben Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Paine. In fiction, George Orwell, Ayn Rand and many others paint dismal pictures showing what transpires when life-control is relinquished to bureaucracies.

End Self-censorship on the Carbon Dioxide Debate

A version of this was written for and published by the BC Conservative. The intimidation is almost beyond belief – government officials threatening fines and jail time for questioning catastrophic global warming. In the latest round the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Exxon have both been issued subpoenas to provide more than 10 years of their […]

Who Pays The Carbon Tax?

First, revenue neutral means the government will redistribute the tax collected, supposedly lowering other taxes. This does not mean you get your money back because there are innumerable other pockets that will be filled first….
Notably, the carbon tax is praised far and wide by what has become the two most influential groups in our society, the political bureaucracy and the environmental lobbyists. Both groups are unstintingly devoted to programming the world for the rest of us.

How NOT to sell LNG.

Today, combined-cycle natural gas turbines are the most cost effective means to generate electricity, yet that method has been rejected by the BC Liberals. Had we chosen to generate electricity with natural gas, the industry would have a stable market that would not only provide employment but build the infrastructure needed if and when the opportunity to market our gas around the world does come to fruition in the future.

Stop the Research on GMOs?

….Wheat, rice and corn are all decedent from grasses. Through selective breeding, those greatly modified grasses today feed some 7 billion people. And consider that your friend, the dog, originated as a wolf thousands of years ago, and now, selective breeding gives us hundreds of canine variations showing little resemblance to their distant ancestors.

Money’s ownership

That said, money is a unique thing in that money is not a prime pursuit. We all work for what money can do, be to acquire basics like food and shelter or ski trips or the thrill of overcoming an obstacle such as going into space or building a bridge.

On Pragmatism

I’d never considered pragmatism to be anything much more than a non ideological outlook on life but after reading a post stressing how debilitating an effect it can have on the thought process, I can see that I’m mistaken and need to rethink the meaning clearly in my own mind. Doug Reich gave a great […]

Where we went wrong

In Hernando  de Soto’s book, ‘the Mystery of Capital’, he discusses the means America used to establish property rights in both  the raw frontier and the California gold rush claims.  He makes the case that individuals operating outside the legal system, his term, the extralegals, adopted rules of conduct and claim settlement measures that were […]

Reality

Our ‘division of labour ‘ society has delinked a greet number of people from reality.  From the tenured university professor who can say any outrageous thing to students ,  the assembly line worker pushing the green button for go and the red for stop to the clerk in the office doing bulk data entry, most […]

Financial Repair

The Prime Minister, The Honorable Stephen Harper: Please consider this, my voice as to what I consider to be appropriate actions for my government to take, actions to constructively address the current financial instability. I support a free market solution to the problem. I hold the viewpoint that the country is far better off with […]

Free Markets

I was having a thought the other day and concluded that a person who believes in free markets as a solution to economic problems, will inevitably develop a positive outlook on life. An integrated view of how a free market works means that one makes the fundamental assumption that each individual has a better idea […]

Jobs, Work and Effort

Have you heard the catchy slogan “unemployment is not working”? That sentence is usually followed by, “We demand more jobs”. The two statements taken together, show clearly the ignorance associated with the meaning of the term “jobs”. And from the high level of unemployment in Canada we can deduce that few people really understand what […]