“By all accounts, the previously existing free market in cannabis still delivers the best outcome: low prices, high quality, and ease of purchase. As reported recently in the Financial Post, unregulated market sellers are set up all over the country ready to serve consumers.
The logical conclusion: In an ideal world, Canada should have simply declared cannabis legal. End of plan. Let the current players get legal. Instead, state planners aimed to subvert the free market and install a modern regulated corporatist model that drove up prices, failed on quality and stumbled setting up retail systems.
And now — hilariously — the cannabis establishment wants to clamp down on the free market, which it conveniently brands as the black market.
Could we start again? Send in Potbusters to take down the lawyers, bureaucrats, corporate dealers, securities regulators and tax collectors. Let the old free market run the cannabis industry.”
A letter to an authoritarian climate alarmist might go like this:
Dear Cardinal Ethereos of the Church of Gaia:
You asked me a while back how I dared to dissent in the face of the overwhelming evidence that man-caused global warming was real, dangerous, and urgently in need of action. There was considerable asperity in your tone. You thought I had no right to differ from the consensus.
The answer I ought to have given at the time is simple, though the issue is complex and multifaceted. I am a Protestant and a heretic by nature, and I do not trust received wisdom. I come from a tradition of people who defied the Church of another time, and went to war to defend that view, or sailed across the ocean to escape obligatory religious conformity.
In order to answer your question better – and to your mind more seriously – one has to divide the anthropogenic global warming issue into two parts, scientific and political. The scientific part is by no means settled, despite an enormous propaganda exercise that would have most North Americans and Europeans believe that it is.
I think Patrick Moore sums up the non-alarmist view best and most succinctly.
Plants want 1000 to 2000 parts per million to grow best, and the earth now has only 600 parts per million, even after recent increases. CO2 is the staff of life.
I leave that aside for a moment. Why are 97% of scientists convinced of anthropogenic global warming? In truth this is one of the triumphs of leftist propaganda. They are not, and the figure was as concocted as the data that gave rise to the cholesterol scare of the 1960s. Selective sampling, ignoring countries that did not conform to the preconceived idea: you get the idea. If you have the time and patience, you can read through this article from Wattsupwiththat. But you won’t, will you?
Because none of us has the time. We all float in an ocean of manufactured opinion. My opinion is from a boutique, a single person enterprise. I make my own. Your opinion was manufactured for you, and people like the convenience of mass-produced opinion, even if it leads to authoritarian compulsion. And in your case, Cardinal Ethereos, especially if it leads to authoritarian compulsion.
“An experienced Christian doctor in the United Kingdom was forced out of his job as a disability benefits assessor for refusing to use transgender pronouns while working for the British government. Now he has lost his lawsuit against the government after refusing, hypothetically, to refer to “a six-foot-tall bearded man” as “madam.”
“The Employment Tribunal he had appealed to ruled that his belief in the Biblical view of what it is to be male and female was “incompatible with human dignity.”
“The 56-year-old physician told the newspaper “I believe gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that, as a Christian, the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.”
“The doctor was forced out of his job and he sued the government, arguing he was the victim of religious discrimination and harassment over his beliefs and convictions.
“On Tuesday, the judge overseeing the case ruled against Dr. Mackereth, putting transgender rights ahead of Christian freedoms and, in effect, forcing Christians to use compelled speech in order to not offend those who believe in gender-fluidity, according to the Christian Legal Centre, which represented Mackereth. “
” Mackereth responded to the ruling, asserting, “I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome. Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges’ ruling. No doctor, or researcher, or philosopher, can demonstrate or prove that a person can change sex. Without intellectual and moral integrity, medicine cannot function and my 30 years as a doctor are now considered irrelevant compared to the risk that someone else might be offended.”
James Delingpole gets to the climate scare at 21:30, where he says “It’s just another branch of the culture wars”. That is the position I have reached. Above or aside from the science, or the “science”, of climate catastrophism, is a political purpose, which is to destroy capitalism, and have us buy into it, pleading to have shackles placed on our wrists, for our own good. It is very clever and many intelligent people believe it. Like Papal infallibility.
Mr. President, I’m beginning to smell a big fat commie rat!
My Washington DC correspondent sent me a one-liner last week: “I told you it was going to get worse.” I confess I had not known what he meant when he said this mid-summer. Then Pelosi unleashed impeachment investigations. I asked for and received this explanation from my well-positioned Washington observer.
“It was clear even then [mid-summer] that the probability that Trump could/would be reelected was high and the Resistance was going to stop at nothing to prevent that. Remember a Trump reelection probably gives him 2 seats on the Supreme Court which would be a permanent shift to conservative principles.
The Democrats instinctively understand it is nearly impossible to unseat an incumbent president when the economy is humming along and unemployment is a record low levels…and Trump is ending the Forever Wars and has refused to fall into a trap with Iran.
This was confirmed watching the UK use trench warfare
I think this forthcoming book should explain the thesis.
I read her stuff all the time.
Impeachment is just the beginning ..it is still going to get worse. The Democrats are playing a dangerous game but in their view they have nothing to lose. Inadvertently the Democrats have damaged Biden which Trump wants. Remember the 1972 election. The Watergate episode was in part to find damaging material on the Democrats in order to engineer the most unpalatable candidate to run against Nixon. They succeeded. Ed Muskie was discredited then this set up George McGovern and Nixon got 60% of the popular vote and 49 states.
In a Trump vs Warren election (where this is going) IMHO it looks like a 2016 respin. Warren cannot take PA, MI, WI, Ohio or Florida and lose the Electoral College . She will also win the popular vote since CA NY NJ and the liberal coasts will mount a massive effort and the cycle begins again.
News that the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has decided to proceed with hearings that would lead to the attempt to impeach Trump, shows the desperation of the Democrats to prevent an election where they would face Trump. We know how this will end. The Senate will not agree to any articles of impeachment, since it is Republican. Hence a crisis is being concocted by the Democrats to prevent there being an election where the Republicans have a viable candidate, namely Trump.
The political elites of the United States and the United Kingdom are in full rebellion against their embattled political leaders, Trump and Boris Johnson, and the electorates that have put them into power.
“Contempt of Parliament used to be a crime; it has now become a moral obligation” – David Starkey.
In this incisive interview, the historian David Starkey expounds why the current political class of the British isles is utterly contemptuous of the people who constitute the country. Make no mistake: we are witnessing a legal coup by the Establishment against the will of the people. The British Supreme Court and its Parliament is wrecking the constitution of the country.
My reaction is: so what? All those opposed to political correctness should see this non-issue for what it is. In a few years people will wonder what an earth made this a “controversial” or embarrassing moment. I especially ask Conservatives to think about what trouble they create for themselves by empowering this kind of retroactive political correctness. Everyone in the past was guilty of something that PC condemns. It is all so 1984.
Failing to build pipelines – that is the issue for which Trudeau the Lesser should be deposed.
Words can describe the same thing at various levels of politeness and social acceptability. Moreover, as soon as the euphemism becomes too clear, the word can be changed to something less vulgar. Euphemism piles on euphemism. Thus the place where we void our noxious bodily effusions goes through various evolutions. The incompatibility of shitting with the maintenance of personal dignity causes a continuous slow migration of words to describe the place where the deed is done.
Likewise climate alarmism has changed the terms of the debate whenever it suited them. “Anthropogenic global warming” is a scientific theory. “Global warming” hides the crucial term that attributes human causation to the reality that the world has been warming since 1850. “Climate change” obscures the causal relationship even further. Anything that happens in nature is assumed to be human caused, without that realization ever consciously arising in one’s mind.
“The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.
“Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”, although the original terms are not banned.”
Not banned you say? How civilized of them!
The Guardian continues:
“Other terms that have been updated, including the use of “wildlife” rather than “biodiversity”, “fish populations” instead of “fish stocks” and “climate science denier” rather than “climate sceptic”. In September, the BBC accepted it gets coverage of climate change “wrong too often” and told staff: “You do not need a ‘denier’ to balance the debate.”
“Updated”? The use of the term “climate science denier” is not an update, it is a slander.
Yes the climate has changed. 11,000 years ago, where I write was under 4,000 feet of ice. I deny nothing, I merely allow for a wider range of facts to impinge on my understanding of climate.