Category Archive: History

Aug 13 2016

Progressives and Intent

Recently, as noted previously on this blog, I have spent some time frequenting some socialist websites and forums and reading some of the modern socialist “thinkers”. I have also read a couple of books, include The Problem with Socialism by Thomas DiLorenzo, which is a pretty good deconstruction while still be approachable. Not as detailed …

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May 02 2015

The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy

All the recent polls in the Alberta election seem to indicate that the NDP (i.e. socialists) under Rachel Notley will form the next government of our fine province.  Ms. Notley has vowed to fix the regulatory environment for the oilsands, to withdraw funding from “independent” schools, to spend more on infrastructure, roll back cuts to …

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Apr 22 2014

George Brandis – another good thing from Australia!

I’m really starting to like some of the things I’m hearing out of our cousins down-under.  First it was them calling out homeopathy for being a fiction, and now this from their attorney general, George Brandis: ‘Because’, he says, ‘if you are going to defend freedom of speech, you have to defend the right of …

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Feb 16 2014

The Decline of Western Civilization

Recently, there have been a number of things in the news that make me think that Western Civilization is in decline.  It doesn’t take much to look at parts of Europe that are bankrupt, both morally and economically, or at the United States where cities like Detroit are bankrupt and in ruins, or states like …

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Sep 28 2013

On Socialism in the Schools

The forces of so-called “Social Justice” continue to rampage in our educational institutions.  My daughter is attending a public high school and she started asking me questions about her Social Studies homework.  She didn’t like my answers because I sounded like one of those evil capitalists…  So I asked to see what material she was …

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Sep 02 2013

On Public vs. Private Schools

A few days ago, Slate.com published a column by Allison Benedikt where she declares that all parents who send their children to private school are bad people.  The general scope of her complaints about public school can be distilled to two things: American public schools are a valued institution and for the greater good of …

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Aug 01 2013

On the Infantilization of Our Society

Recently, I have noticed a few situations where people who are supposed to be responsible adults, often in positions of power and responsibility, have been unable to speak directly, make decisions, or accept that they must be responsible, or more importantly that society isn’t responsible for them. Following the catastrophic flooding in Southern Alberta in …

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Apr 22 2013

On the Extremism that breeds Terrorists

In recent days, North America has again faced the terror of mass violence (Boston), and the threat of mass violence (Southern Ontario).  The response of law enforcement in the United States following the Boston Marathon bombing was commendable and effective.  Unfortunately, the need to lockdown the city of Boston for nearly 24 hours is a horrible …

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Mar 01 2013

Crash Course

While I normally write about politics, I sometimes write on education.  Today I would like to point out a great series of Youtube videos that are very funny and educational (even if I’m generally knowledgeable in the subjects).  Crash Course is hosted by the vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green, and puts subjects like World and …

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Jan 27 2013

What are they teaching our kids?

I have children, and one of them is now old enough to be learning serious subjects in what was once called “Social Studies”, or “History and Geography”, depending on your age.   Today it is all lumped together with Language Arts (what I remember as English) into a morass called “Humanities”.  I think you get …

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