Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.

Beware the tyranny of the minority

Both Canada and the U.S. are threatened by the tyranny of minority rule, just in different ways. The real problem in Canada comes from an unelected and geographically and socially homogenous group, known as the Laurentian Elite.

This picture taken on Thursday, May 26, 2016, shows the statue of Adam Smith in front of St. Giles cathedral on “Royal Mile” during a rainy day in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dorothee Thiesing/AP Photo.

Who is the greatest economist of all time?

Tyler Cowen lays down a few criteria to get past the problem of political bias. Any candidate for the GOAT prize must be original, of great historical importance, a carrier of essential ideas, and know lots of micro and macro theory and empirics.

Palestinian supporters gather for a protest at Columbia University, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in New York. Yuki Iwamura/AP Photo.

Cancel culture is a two-way street

In their new book, Lukianoff and Schlott trace the rise of cancel culture from 2014, when canceling appeared uncontrolled in academia, the media, and the sciences. But something has changed since October 7, and the backlash has already started for those in higher education who are explicitly supporting Hamas.

Writer George Orwell poses in this undated photo at an unknown location. AP Photo.

George Orwell, without the halo

D.J. Taylor’s new biography delves deeply into George Orwell’s personal life and highlights how, like all of us, he was a complex man who had his fair share of failings and contradictions.