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  1. Brad Sallows

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    The problem with accepting that local authorities may prove to be incapable is that there's no apparent hard line preventing anyone from choosing to prove to be incapable. There shouldn't be any back doors for things authorities might find difficult or inconvenient by ordinary means. When a...
  2. Brad Sallows

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    "I felt unsafe." "I have safety concerns." "What if something bad could happen?" "It might save one life." The list of excuses is endless; just surprising to hear some of them from the people who sit around the big boy tables.
  3. Brad Sallows

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    Not necessarily violence. Just disorder, or the appearance of it. Basically the same theme as the "soldiers in streets etc" and other ongoing fearmongering (end of this program, end of that freedom, blah blah blah).
  4. Brad Sallows

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Some GoC-aspiring parties will continue doing what they must in order to keep voters happy. One thing a lot of Canadians seem to enjoy is running the US down. And have you heard about those psych experiments that find people choose to deny someone else a larger payoff and get nothing...
  5. Brad Sallows

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    After watching "Rome", no word sounding like "kak" ("cac") will ever be the same for me.
  6. Brad Sallows

    ‘White nationalism’ a threat the Canadian Armed Forces aren’t equipped for: watchdog

    I doubt it's necessary to proscribe rights to prevent harm. There might be some edge cases that don't easily come to mind, but generally all that is necessary to prevent harm is to respect rights. (This doesn't apply to entitlements or powers.) I suppose the individual to be the default...
  7. Brad Sallows

    ‘White nationalism’ a threat the Canadian Armed Forces aren’t equipped for: watchdog

    Most understandings of "liberal" will come down to individual liberty. Attempts to hijack the word for collective doctrines exist because the word has favourable associations. It is a rough opposite of the misuse of "fascism" or "authoritarianism" (because the words have unfavourable...
  8. Brad Sallows

    Ottawa unveils details of Nova Scotia carbon tax that will take effect next summer

    Insolvency results from inability to meet financial commitments. To be within $200, you'd have to have pretty much nothing that could be liquidated quickly. Half of households being in that situation seems improbable. I suspect the measure takes into account debt without taking into account...
  9. Brad Sallows

    ‘White nationalism’ a threat the Canadian Armed Forces aren’t equipped for: watchdog

    The "liber" in "liberalism" is all about individual liberty to a self-described classical liberal/libertarian. (None of the broad political descriptors is particularly useful without clarification.) Anyone advocating masking and gun control is acting opposite to individual liberty. Certainly...
  10. Brad Sallows

    On the Toxicity of the ‘Warrior’ Ethos

    Western forces have had big "tails" for a long time now. No reason for the "head" not to inculcate a particular culture if it wants it. Are our forces just too small to allow this?
  11. Brad Sallows

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    We have quite a ways to go to "unsustainable". Choose London (UK) as an upper bound, for example. Has it collapsed yet?
  12. Brad Sallows

    Ottawa unveils details of Nova Scotia carbon tax that will take effect next summer

    With luck we'll see the full consequences come home to people opposed to companies providing necessities. Can always use another horrible warning.
  13. Brad Sallows

    Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis

    People resorting to questionable/illegal non-lethal means of self-protection is inevitable if they don't relocate. It's unreasonable to expect people to passively accept damage and risk indefinitely. Authorities will have to choose whether to clamp down on such infractions or turn a mostly...
  14. Brad Sallows

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Continuing digression: my father has moved to all-electric (battery-powered mower and snowblower) and so far is quite satisfied. Ditto a friend who has a battery-powered leafblower. Stipulating that there might be some users who need the power of a gas engine, I don't think a move away from...
  15. Brad Sallows

    Ottawa unveils details of Nova Scotia carbon tax that will take effect next summer

    That NS power story is comedy gold. "Premier Tim Houston said his government will not back down after a decision to cap electricity prices led Nova Scotia Power to have its credit rating downgraded. The utility's parent company, Emera, warned a weaker credit rating will lead to increased costs...
  16. Brad Sallows

    Ottawa unveils details of Nova Scotia carbon tax that will take effect next summer

    I doubt that it will be too expensive to live in. Living standards have a long way to fall before becoming severe.
  17. Brad Sallows

    Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis

    Everyone is worth saving, but some people are worth saving more than others. The "system" doesn't work without funding, and some people are much greater producers than others. Keeping them healthy keeps the "system" healthy.
  18. Brad Sallows

    Ottawa unveils details of Nova Scotia carbon tax that will take effect next summer

    The problem isn't the design of elections; the problem is the design of government. Design government appropriately (key principle: subsidiarity) and national popular vote is irrelevant.
  19. Brad Sallows

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    Not sure how it could be plainer. The politicians are just going where the votes are; the votes are with people who have been quite plain that they don't like guns and they don't like the kinds of people who like guns. Equally, the list of things a rational person might do to achieve the...
  20. Brad Sallows

    The Great Gun Control Debate- 2.0

    You are. This is culture war, not rational evidence-driven policy-making.
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