Communism’s pernicious influence persists despite the best evidence

On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, some romantics still embrace the fallacies of communism and its sister socialism

Communism’s pernicious influence persists despite the best evidenceA number of Canadian newspapers recently noted the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The attention was misplaced and lacked perspective. In 1917, a small band of fierce, committed and violent extremists seized control of the Tsarist Russian Empire. They then created the much more oppressive and murderous Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. After the success…

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistake

If Hitler had declared war on Japan in support of the U.S., he might have kept the U.S. out of the European war. And that would have changed history

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistakeAdolf Hitler began 1941 in a commanding position. He had 10 European conquests under his belt and just one active foe – beleaguered Britain and the members of the Commonwealth, like Canada. But by year-end, he’d added the Soviet Union and the United States to his slate of antagonists. And the declaration of war against…

The day I was mistaken for Robert Mugabe

My first instinct was to reverse rapidly out of the courtyard and melt away into the busy streets. But when was I going to get another shot at these guys?

The day I was mistaken for Robert MugabeIt happened just after I arrived in London to establish a United Kingdom branch office many years ago. The seeds were probably sown the day I hired my secretary Elise. Elise had been secretary to former U.K. prime minister Harold Wilson when he was at the British government’s Board of Trade. And she was a…

Angry times require rational argument

But in the time of Trump, there is too little reasoned articulation of viewpoints and too much posturing and pouting. It puts us all at risk

Angry times require rational argumentWe live in angry times. So much of the volume is directed over the Internet, by individuals tethered by coaxial cable to a universe of other individuals. Millions of people sit in rooms by themselves venting into screen space what they never would find courage to vent if they went out into the public sphere.…

How consumers can leverage change, even in the face of tragedy

The extraction and black-market sale of gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten (used in our cellphones and other electronics) fuel the war in the DRC

How consumers can leverage change, even in the face of tragedyAs the Christmas season approaches, it’s important to be aware of the power we hold in how we spend our money. As consumers, we invest in products we believe will serve us best. Companies may try to hide information about their products but eventually the truth comes out. Consumer advocacy is powerful in a free-market…

Was Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe always a thug?

It’s hard to know for sure, but one can safely say that, once ensconced in power, thuggery came easily to him

Was Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe always a thug?Some years ago, I was having lunch with my favourite aunt when she brought up the topic of Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s evolving storyline was troubling her. The Catholic charity she was involved with had adopted Zimbabwe as one its projects and Mugabe had been seen as a good guy. You could even say he was…

Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons disconnected from reality

Although expensive and complicated, nuclear weapons are essentially an old technology that can’t be uninvented

Campaign to abolish nuclear weapons disconnected from realityThe 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). In bestowing the award, the Nobel committee cited ICAN’s advocacy of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The committee has a track record for aspirational awards of this nature. For instance, the 1926 prize…

Trudeau’s Asian trip a diplomatic and trade disaster

The PM had a chance to join a global effort to protect Canadian research and innovation, but he failed. And that wasn't his only failure

Trudeau’s Asian trip a diplomatic and trade disasterBefore Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to Asia, the Liberal government promised to promote trade, economic opportunities and investment in Canada. But the trip didn't quite go as planned. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gathering, world leaders hoped to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal after the United States left the agreement…

It’s not easy doing business in Canada

We placed a dismal 18th for ease of doing business, even behind such countries as Georgia and Macedonia

It’s not easy doing business in CanadaThe World Bank recently issued its annual report on the ease of doing business in 190 countries and territories. And, again, Canada isn’t near the top – in fact, we sit 18th. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s room for improvement. Small New Zealand was first, Singapore second and Denmark third. Our main…

Learning economic lessons from an Old World master

An IMF report uses Italy to highlight the dangers of a bloated, unproductive public sector, but it is just pertinent to Canada

Learning economic lessons from an Old World masterThe International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a study released with its latest Global Financial Stability Report, chided Italy, a perennial underperformer famous for its large, unaffordable and growth-stifling public sector. Why does this matter to anyone outside that beautiful, historic Mediterranean country? Because the follies of the modern Romans aren’t unique. They suffuse Canada and…