Category Archives: Random Thoughts

What Conservative MPs Said About Inflation and the Liberal-New Democratic Entente


“We can’t see it. But we’re all trapped inside these strange, repeating loops.” – The Matrix Resurrections   I recently stumbled upon what some backbench Conservative MPs said on inflation and the Liberal-New Democratic Entente. They denounced the Trudeau government … Continue reading

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Being a Bad Apple in the Middle Class


What Is the Significance of Being a Bad Apple? Over the last three years or so, I’ve noticed a strange quirk in the debates over police brutality in the United States. Proponents of the police often couch their support in … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on The Prince and Game of Thrones


George R.R. Martin confirms in this BBC documentary, “Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli?” that The Prince heavily influenced his writing of A Song of Ice and Fire and the general depiction of political intrigue amongst the lords of Westeros. Some of … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on an Old Metaphor: From the Ship of State to The Armada of State


In Book VI of The Republic, Plato likened governing a polis to piloting a ship. Plato’s interlocutor, Socrates, invoked this ancient parable to explain why the ship’s unassuming star-gazing navigator represents the philosopher-king who possesses the best qualities — namely, … Continue reading

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Which Are Better: Endnotes or Footnotes?


First, I’m sure that we can agree that Chicago-style notes are vastly superior to the stupid in-text citations of APA. Incidentally, since Cambridge University Press journals use Chicago while the Oxford University Press journals mandate some ghastly in-text citations, we can conclude that Cambridge … Continue reading

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