Today’s preoccupation with the minutiae of business has largely derailed the discipline of economics, which is fundamentally about the management of energy for sustaining life.
Author: Brad Stollery
Not All Opinions Are Created Equal
An opinion is only as good as the information on which it’s based. In a world of competing narratives, a commitment to intellectual honesty is our best defence against deception and ignorance.
WannaCry Was Just the Beginning of Our Cyber Woes
The WannaCry attack was the most severe in a growing trend of incidents. The present level of public cyber literacy and the judgment shown by governments both pale in comparison to the threats on the horizon.
The Internet of Things Will Be Marvelous and Frightening
The Internet of Things combined with Big Data presents a new paradigm that offers unprecedented potential for improving life, but also poses serious challenges for security, privacy, justice, and democracy.
Budget 2017: A Gender-Based Approach to Economics
The 2017 federal budget is bold in its gender-based analysis of government spending. That is a welcome step in the direction of a fairer society, but ultimately a more robust conversation around feminism and its relation to economics will be needed to achieve lasting gains.
Investigating Secular Stagnation, Part 3: Technology
The new economic paradigm is characterized by near-zero marginal cost thanks to greater technological efficiency. That is desirable because it allows us to do more with less, but it also contributes paradoxically to slowing economic growth.
With the Islamic State reeling and neo-fascism growing, more terror attacks are likely in Europe and North America. If we wish to defeat terrorism, preparation should include understanding its strategic logic and the human motives behind it.
Islam’s Relationship with Liberal Society
Members of Parliament recently debated a motion known as M-103 in the House of Commons, and its controversy speaks to a grander challenge facing liberal societies today.
Investigating Secular Stagnation, Part 2: Demographics
The populations of industrialized countries are at once leveling off and aging. It’s a trend that bodes poorly for economic growth as we know it.
There’s Method to the Madness
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s baffling insistence on the inauguration’s crowd size appears to fit into a broader communications strategy designed to bait the press establishment. So far it has worked swimmingly.