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The “Spirit of the Age”, what is happening at a macro level and what sense can we make of this grand arc of history as we, mere pebbles in the surf, are carried along on its great waves

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On toxic virtue and the new digital samizdat

  “Few trials have been more ludicrous both as regarded the charges and the kind of evidence admitted. Convictions and impressions were solemnly listened to, real arguments accorded no weight whatsoever. Brissot interrupted a witness by declaring that he had never uttered any such calumnies against Paris as were imputed to him. ‘But did your […]

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How Do You Like Democratic Socialism So Far?

Now that we’ve had a few months to mourn the loss of our basic liberties, even if our overlords make a symbolic head-fake toward giving them back, one must realize the ramifications of what has happened and what it means going forward. The key point to understand is that the precedent has been set. If […]

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Jackpot Chronicles #3: The Great Bifurcation

This is part 4 of the Jackpot Chronicles: Four Post-Coronavirus Scenarios. Read the series here, or sign up for Out Of The Cave here. “In the future there will only be one occupation: managing one’s wealth. And the majority of the population will be unemployed.” – Me. The original working title for this installment of […]

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The Jackpot Chronicles: When Tin Foil Hats Meet Radical Uncertainty

This is part of the ongoing Jackpot Chronicles, looking at four possible Coronavirus scenarios or lenses. The last instalment was “Force Majeure”, which posited a complete breakdown in seemingly permanent institutions. As it may turn out, these outwardly immovable edifices may not survive this economic collapse and be left out of “the new normal” that […]

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The JackPot Chronicles Scenario 1: Force Majeure

This is the second instalment of The Jackpot Chronicles: Four Possible Post-Coronavirus Scenarios. Force Majeure means: a chance occurrence or superior force that renders a contract unenforceable and frees all parties from their obligations under it. We are frequently told that there exists some manner of “Social Contract” to which we are implicitly bound by […]

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Welcome to The Jackpot

William Gibson’s most recent novel Agency, describes a type of “many worlds” tapestry of a multiverse as it exists after a catastrophe called “The Jackpot”. The main character’s POV takes place from within one of these “stubs” as they are called, which for some reason forked off from the “real” Earth timeline sometime after the […]

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This is Politics

I managed to catch a glimpse of Arif Virani’s campaign headquarters when I was driving down Jane St. in Toronto the other day. Virani is the Liberal MP for Parkdale / High-Park, whom I went up against in 2015 when I ran for the Libertarian Party of Canada.

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If urgent climate action is needed, then let’s #BanPrivateJets

As the din of climate hysteria grows ever louder, the eco-pious and super-rich call for urgent and drastic action on climate change. Justin Trudeau, still licking his wounds from being outed for his multiple episodes of blackface and brownface, took more heat today as he’s criss-crossing the country ahead of the forthcoming federal election with […]

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