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Should Gay Men be Allowed to Donate Blood?

Posted on 6 August, 2015 at 16:50 Comments comments (0)


This is a response to this article, and similar ones.

As you will likely have read, there has been a lot of commentary recently on the current deferral of the ability of men who have sex with men (MSM) to donate blood. It is not currently a ban in this and mos...

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Self-Destructing Argument

Posted on 17 December, 2014 at 0:35 Comments comments (0)

For many years I had a favorite argument. I invented it, as far as I knew, and as it turns out it was very libertarian, regardless of the fact that I didn’t really know how to describe it at the time.

I was fresh out of a couple of economics classes and very interested in government regulation. I still have that interest, but I am no longer fresh. In a discussion with someone who will remain unnamed because he...

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Two Notes on Democracy

Posted on 31 October, 2014 at 0:25 Comments comments (3)

With the recent political fervor in my province, I thought I should put some of my thoughts on paper.  Read it if you want.

I know a guy. When he was 17 years old, he was living alone, outside his home town; he was in university studying calculus, hard sciences, world literature, and economics; he had travelled to 3 continents and countless countries and seen diverse cultures and governments...

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National Pride

Posted on 25 September, 2014 at 8:45 Comments comments (3)

I am Canadian. Canada is a lovely country. There is minimal suffering, the scenery is aesthetically pleasing to me (in some parts—cough—not Winnipeg), the people are generally some of the most pleasant I’ve ever met, even after I’ve visited a few continents and many countries, the government is relatively stable and conducive to comfort, and everyone can feel very safe almost everywhere. The climate is such that almost no large and/or dangerous spiders can surviv...

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Posted on 25 September, 2014 at 0:40 Comments comments (1)

Can I spend time and resources on myself? If I buy a fancy car and wear an expensive suit, am I being selfish? I could easily trade in my car for a cheaper model that worked just as well and give thousands of dollars that I saved to charity and literally save more than one life. Am I a bad person for willfully not doing that? If I get a $100 haircut and buy an Hermès tie, this surely serves as an example of my selfishness, right?

Let’s make this an easier argument because ...

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