Monthly Archives: March 2017

Stupid or cynical?

The provincial government has a deficit.  It is largely the result of the downturn in the oil industry. The provincial government has decided that the deficit must be dealt with immediately.  So, they are reducing expenditures, asking all public employees … Continue reading

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“Bums” and Billionaires

Money does not cure ignorance or stupidity. Robert Mercer is a billionaire who supports Trump, apparently.  David Magerman works for Mercer and told a reporter that “[Mercer] believes that human beings have no inherent value other than how much money … Continue reading

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How ironic

I suspect that you have never heard of the Mortmain and Charitable Uses Act of 1736.  Or the Income Tax Act of 1842.  Or the case of Income Tax Commissioners v Pemsel, which was heard in 1891.   Which means … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom and Religious Restraint

We cannot have religious freedom without religious restraint.  More bluntly, we cannot have religious freedom unless the religious keep their religion out of politics. It should be obvious.  If the religious bring their religion into politics, they seek to compel … Continue reading

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Are Ethicists Philosophers?

I am going to be snarky. First, two definitions. A philosopher is someone who, among other things, tries to find out what is true about an object of inquiry.  This is a necessary condition, not a sufficient one.  A scientist … Continue reading

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Superiority

Apparently, Donald Trump believes that he comes from superior stock. But environment matters as much as genes.  If you doubt this, buy a pedigree rose, plant it in sand, and over-water it. In the wrong environment, even the most gifted … Continue reading

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Ethics for Organisms

There are reasons why I call this blog ethics for organisms. The first reason is that we are biological organisms.   There is no reason to posit a soul.   “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”  (Genesis … Continue reading

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