In my latest Loonie Politics column I say the Ontario Tories must speak and act boldly to get out of the hole they dug for themselves by not believing their own warnings about the state of provincial finances under the Liberals.
By shopping at the local butcher who knew their names “we were personalizing commercial transactions, and, at the risk of sounding like a goony theorist, we were nurturing the economy of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, the little patch of the planet where we lived, and over which we had been given responsibility because of our having chosen to be there. By ‘economy,’ I don’t mean strictly commerce, but the inchoate and complex system of human relations that bound us together as a community, and made Cobble Hill the kind of place worth living in and caring about…. And by choosing to shop at those places, we chose to conserve that rare and precious thing, a sense of beloved community, a sense of beloved place, in a world where the quest for efficiency and the monetary bottom line served only to annihilate tradition and atomize families and communities.”
Rod Dreher Crunchy Cons
In my latest National Post column I say the deep ideas the government solicited about preserving the welfare state regardless of what it actually does or what's going on around it seem to miss the point.
"'popular economist’ is a contradiction in terms. Economics has never been – and perhaps never can be – popular because it is the study of what people actually do rather than what they profess to do or recommend that others do. It lays bare hypocrisy and dwells far too gloomily on the ‘unintended results’ to which so many fine-sounding policies fall prey."
Peter Foster in Financial Post May 2, 2006
If you're in the Ottawa area and think true gender equality means compassion and services for men and boys as well as women and girls, please attend the Canadian Centre for Men and Families - Ottawa gala luncheon two weeks this Sunday, on September 16 from 1-4. Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ccmf-ottawa-gala-lunch-fundraiser-tickets-48985700549 and if you think it's worthwhile please help share it on social media and with friends and family.
Thanks, and I hope to see you there.