Category: Our Societal Issues

Are We Going The Same Way?


Many of us in Canada have been a bit mystified by the uproar over aboriginal conditions and the rights they have under their many treaties.  While few of us  believe that they were well treated in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the argument… Continue Reading “Are We Going The Same Way?”

On Keeping Up


Future Shock Happened a Long Time Ago. Setting the amount of human knowledge as one unit in the year 1, we find two units by about 1500, 4 units by about 1750 and 8 by about 1900. The progress accelerates sharply around here. 16… Continue Reading “On Keeping Up”

Tax Rates Have Increased


You will recall, from 3 weeks ago, the fiscal cliff and the discussion of income tax rates increasing and those higher rates having an adverse affect on the economy. People are concerned that either the rich people need to pay more, or they need… Continue Reading “Tax Rates Have Increased”

Counterfeits Everywhere


Counterfeit means made in imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud. – Google There is no shortage of counterfeit money, counterfeit movies, counterfeit fashion goods, counterfeit drugs and counterfeit airplane parts. The fact is that a counterfeit is… Continue Reading “Counterfeits Everywhere”

Fair Taxation Is Impossible Without Responsible Government Spending


Some taxes are better than others, but there is no such thing as a fair tax. We have reached the point where people think others are not paying their fair share, whatever that means.  Fair share of what?  What is your fair share of… Continue Reading “Fair Taxation Is Impossible Without Responsible Government Spending”

The Mindless Pursuit Of Perfection


Perfection is a costly objective. Perhaps it is time to accept good enough. Suppose I suggested that you could solve 80% of any problem for a given amount of money. Call it $1,000,000. If you want to go farther, the cost to solve the… Continue Reading “The Mindless Pursuit Of Perfection”

What Fiscal Crisis Will Be Next?


The Americans have survived the fiscal cliff.  Sadly for them, cliffs usually are found on the side of mountains.  What does the fiscal mountain look like? There is a mountain of debt built on a foundation of undeliverable promises and reckless adventurism.  The mountain… Continue Reading “What Fiscal Crisis Will Be Next?”

Large Numbers Are Confusing


Million. Billion. Trillion. Similar right? Not so much! Numbers, especially large numbers, need context to make sense. If you count one number a second you will reach a million in 1,000,000 seconds. That is not surprising really. 11.6 days. A billion will take longer.… Continue Reading “Large Numbers Are Confusing”

Language Is Democratic; Not Much Else Is


Language is democratic, but our social space is not.  Trivia requires no regulation. Democratic means rule by the people.  Whatever the people want, the people get.  Austro/British philosopher Karl Popper has argued that a democracy is such that the government can be changed without… Continue Reading “Language Is Democratic; Not Much Else Is”

Government Money


23% of the people think that the government has their own money. What have these people missed? There is no such thing as the government’s money. There is only the people’s money. Governments spend your money after they have taken it from you. You… Continue Reading “Government Money”

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