Why We Vote Against Our Interests

Today’s even longer than usual post has been published in full in The Mark News.

Four Reasons, No explanation

The census controversy keeps on trucking.  Courts rule.  Compromises are proposed.  Resolutions are considered.  It just won’t go away.  So why does the Government’s decision stand and why was it taken in the first place?  How, in other words, did we get here?  What follows are several explanations, each of which I have given a … Continue reading

The Role of the State: the Couchiching Panel

This past Friday at Couchiching, Tom Flanagan, Armine Yalnizyan and I discussed what the financial meltdown can tell us about the role of the state.  Better than my trying to capture the nuance of each of the speakers, and recognizing my predisposition to favour some views at the expense of others, I strongly urge you … Continue reading

Couchiching: Fun to Say and Fun to Visit

Attended my first Couchiching Conference this past weekend and got a glimpse of what political debate could look like if we could only squeeze out some of the more pathological aspects of partisanship and ideological conflict that have become business as usual in Ottawa.  The crowd of about 250 people was diverse, students and professors, … Continue reading

On Holidays, Unplugged

Blogging resumes on Monday August 9 with discussions on the role of the state, when public officials should and should not resign, and more on the newly created “politics of statistics”.