On Values Screening

In conversation with an advocate for values screening recently, I posed the question “Why do you suppose it’s unconstitutional to punish anyone for thinking non-conforming thoughts (as distinct from the legitimate legal strategy of punishing harmful conduct)?” The answer includes at least several elements. The reason is that it is loathsome and unhealthy for people … [Read more…]

WHO REALLY CARES?

Below is a link to a report of yet another tyranny being imposed upon innocent Canadians. What is most disturbing is that thoughtful, intelligent Canadians, including our elected representatives (who are entrusted with safeguarding our basic freedoms), are not shocked by Canada’s rapidly accelerating descent into authoritarian governance. They think that Canadians simply do not … [Read more…]

WORDS MATTER!

At a time when the freedom of conscience guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been eliminated for some Canadians for the first time in many years, the casual misuse of the term “conscientious objector” in the headline of the essay at the link below is dangerous. A conscientious objector is one who … [Read more…]

The Fallacies of Identity Politics!

Here are two important insights that emerged from a Facebook conversation I had today: First, when people choose policy on the basis of group identity rather than analysis of the merits/demerits, we move further and further away from serving the public interest and more and more toward serving factional interests. Second, and worse yet, human … [Read more…]