Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • The Snowbird

    The Snowbird

    When the finance minister doesn’t follow the rules, he is showing a certain disregard for the people who die. And it leads us to suspect that this disregard applies to other aspects of his work and life as a finance minister.

  • The Greenbelts

    The Greenbelts

    Decisions on protected land belong in the public spotlight, where the interests of the entire community can be heard, and not only those of developers looking for a windfall. Greenbelt forest scene in winter.

  • A Clean-Energy Hatchet Job

    A Clean-Energy Hatchet Job

    I won’t be renewing my subscription to the logic. As I have pointed out elsewhere, this publication is practicing advocacy journalism, pushing a pro-business perspective while ignoring interests and issues that represent the broader concerns of the community.

  • On Justice and Open Debate

    On Justice and Open Debate

    I think the case against invasion, torture, racism, fascism, sexism, and LGBT rights opposition has advanced far beyond “ideological conformity”, because I think there are no longer (if there ever were) any good faith arguments to be made in favour of those positions.

  • The Logic

    The Logic

    The Logic’s authors need to be held to account, and right now there is no obvious way – other than this relatively obscure and unused Slack channel – to do that.

  • The Covid Response

    The Covid Response

    In these early days of the Covid pandemic in Canada my estimation is that our government has been doing the right things, taken the right tone, and made the right response.

  • The Shareholder Primacy Rule

    The Shareholder Primacy Rule

    I have no particular desire to actually listen to CEOs, as they tend to be among the most conservative of thinkers, but I object strenuously to the existence of a structural mechanism that eliminates even the possibility that they might contribute to the social good in a positive way.

  • The Mailing List

    The Mailing List

    The convention system of party governance should be abolished, the delegate system ended, and mechanisms put into place for the membership to reach agreement, point by point, on a comprehensive platform and strategy.

  • The Arc Reactor

    The Arc Reactor

    The Telegraph-Journal, an Irving spokespaper, says that nuclear is New Brunswick’s Next Billion Dollar Industry. Irving loyalist David W. Campbell, now of New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation, is involved. And there are Irving fingerprints all over this. This worries me more than the fact that it’s nuclear.

  • Don Cherry

    Don Cherry

    I love Don Cherry, I love how he understands what hockey means to us, but I could never love a the small narrow-minded vision of Canada he has come to embrace over the years.

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