The Ties that Bind, pt. 1

Ah, that lovable iconoclast Maxime Bernier, the Quebec Conservative MP and former cabinet minister who came within a whisker of winning the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. That noted libertarian who still wants us to know there are limits to celebrating people’s freedom to be whoever and whatever they want to be, as […]

What Could We Do If We Thought of Work Differently?

Following up on my post about work and automation, I’d like to invite anyone reading this to do a little thought experiment. Our collective attitudes about work are, I’d say, paradoxical, especially in the United States but also in Canada and, really, throughout the world. There is both too much work to do and not […]

A Look at Automation and Work

Some people are expressing concern that many people could lose their jobs in coming years due to automation. We are already seeing this in certain industries, especially in manufacturing. It is sometimes said that manufacturing is in decline in the United States and Canada. However, in the United States at least, production has been rising. […]

This Election, or as it is better known…

In theory, an election is an occasion for the people to make their voices heard. It is supposed to be an empowering occasion. Yet many (those who pay attention) often find election campaigns depressing. This U.S. Presidential election is perhaps the most blatant case of all. Here are some of comedian John Oliver’s names for […]

Never Jill Stein: A Followup

Scott Lemieux at Lawyers Guns and Money directed me to this little tidbit from Dr. Stein: I’m terrified of Donald Trump. I’m terrified of Hillary Clinton. And I’m most terrified of a political system and people who apologize for it. Uh…Dr. Stein? This political system you say you are terrified of? You’re implicating yourself in it […]

Never Jill Stein

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has become the new great hope for the “Bernie or Bust” crowd. But frankly, I don’t understand the point of them supporting her. Aren’t these the people who say “you’ve got to support who you really believe in…think positive, man!”. Yet Stein’s whole selling point is “Vote for me […]