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THE DISTRACTION OF MISPLACED OUTRAGE

On February 9, 2018, a Saskatchewan jury constituted in accordance with the Criminal Code of Canada acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year old First Nations man.  The death resulted from an incident on the Stanley farm in which Mr. Boushie and three friends arrived in a disabled vehicle and attempted to start Mr. Stanley’s all-terrain vehicle before being confronted by Mr. Stanley and his son.  Mr. Stanley was charged and tried for second degree murder and the lesser included offence of manslaughter. On the basis of the portions of the testimony of the witnesses […]

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COLLATERAL REPAIR

January 2018 Before I even start into this piece, let me make one thing clear:  I do not accept the premise that Donald Trump is a “stable genius”.  I would not even accept the notion that he is an unstable genius, or any kind of genius, let alone the Machiavellian mastermind that one might infer from what I am about to argue here.  That being said, my appreciation for the niceties of deterrence theory provided by my outstanding undergraduate education at the University of Toronto compels me to take note of some very interesting dynamics that are developing in the […]

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IN DEFENCE OF BITCOIN (SORT OF)

December 2017 So let me see if I have this straight…it is a commodity made available in limited amounts by its creator.  It serves as a store of value independent of sovereign currencies and is put into circulation by miners who bring labour and resources to bear to extract it.  The amount of both resources and labour that must be deployed to extract it becomes greater as the remaining supply decreases, and it commands a trading value that is extremely volatile but that nonetheless consistently far exceeds any obvious core intrinsic value (i.e., it cannot be consumed for sustenance, used […]

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