The nanny state of Finland

On a recent visit to Finland, I had some exposure to the current state of the culture and politics of my native country. Sad,...

Government regulation does not make us safe—capitalism does

Would you trust government more than business to keep you safe? Amazingly, most people say yes almost automatically when asked. They see government as...

Government bailout of newspapers: Why should we care?

Newspapers around the world are losing revenues, both subscription and advertising. As Terence Corcoran of the National Post reports, newspaper revenues in Canada declined...

Sanction of the victim: Canada’s oil sands producers join the climate change fight

This week, my home province Alberta’s recently elected socialist NDP government announced a 3 billion dollar carbon tax—euphemistically called “a climate leadership plan”—across all...

Fighting climate change vs. enhancing prosperity

The world political leaders and environmentalists will gather shortly at the UN summit in Paris, in a global effort to combat climate change. Most...

Does government suspending Costco’s fish import license make us safer?

Full disclosure: I am a Costco fan, and I particularly like buying wild-caught fish there because it is always fresh and a good value....

The costly impact of government meddling with markets: Why competition is good and regulation...

On my recent second trip to Finland this year my observations and discussions with the locals drew my attention to the value of competition...

More light!

“More light!” were the last words of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the German writer, more than 250 years ago. I agree...

Embracing the nanny state vs. valuing freedom

Everyone knows that freedom is an essential requirement of human survival and happiness. Correct? Apparently not. Recently I was listening...

The immorality of the nanny state

When we hear about yet another intrusion of government in our lives—such as the regulation of food trucks in Canadian cities—we often just...

Government regulation or buyer beware?

A Canadian woman recently bought a can of lobster pate at a Wal-Mart store. The pate was about a year and half past its...