Let’s Talk about Deficits

August 29, 2015

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About a month ago, as this election campaign was beginning, Stephen Harper’s conservatives had an apparent weak-spot: The deficit. Harper had promised to clear the deficit by 2015, and lo and behold, he has failed. Even if you count short-term windfalls such as the sale of the General Motors stock, the Federal government has a small deficit. […]

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The Most Important Issue of the Election

August 9, 2015

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So far, this election campaign has mainly been one of “gotcha” moments, where the parties and various media outlets try to catch candidates or their supporters in unflattering moments. A few days ago, there was the minor kerfuffle over Stephen Harper referring to Justin Trudeau by his first name. During Thursday’s leaders’ debate, meanwhile, Trudeau […]

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Conservative Attack Ads 2015, Volume 1

August 4, 2015

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Because it’s campaign season, it’s time for me to return to my old standby of reviewing terrible campaign ads. This time around, if I have time, I’ll try to devote some attention to all of the party’s ads, but I suspect that I’ll be mainly focusing on the Conservatives. That’s partly because they have the […]

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Rethinking Strategic Voting

August 3, 2015

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It’s been forever since I’ve updated this blog. There’s a simple reason for that: I’ve been working on a PhD. If you’re curious as to what my thoughts have been in the meantime, feel free to go have a look at my other blog, which has been updated regularly. But now, the writ has dropped, […]

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Tesla, Patents, and the Open Source Movement

June 20, 2014

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You may have heard that Tesla Motors recently released all their patents to the world for free. Here’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s explanation for why he took this somewhat unorthodox move: “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then […]

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Why aren’t Cyclists Angrier?

March 23, 2014

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I was pulling up to a red light on my commute home one day last summer when I heard the screech of rubber on the pavement. A the car swerved violently around me, coming to a stop about twenty feet ahead to take its place at the end of the queue of cars. I followed […]

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On Justice and Libertarianism

December 8, 2013

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This is an ambitious post. In it, I aim to point out a fundamental and possibly insurmountable problem with libertarian ethics. I’ve been mulling this post over over for a while, but the recent Black Friday strikes and protests at Walmarts across the US provide excellent context for the argument I want to make. What […]

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