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Politics and its Discontents: Another Fatuous Neil Reynolds Column

Despite the fact that I hold The Globe and Mail in very low esteem, I do periodically check its website to find out the latest in right-wing thinking. Such was the case today when I read Neil Reynolds’ latest, entitled, Why the ‘sacred’ still matters to voters.

Like his colleague Margaret Wente, Reynolds rarely . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Fatuous Neil Reynolds Column

Accidental Deliberations: A Healthy Society – Chapter 3 Discussion

Chapter 3 of Ryan Meili’s A Healthy Society focuses on the effect of income – both in total and in distribution – as a determinant of health. But while there’s plenty of material deserving of further discussion, I’ll point to his comments on the place of taxation and government spending as particularly worth some additional . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: A Healthy Society – Chapter 3 Discussion

The Progressive Economics Forum: Neil Reynolds’ Fuzzy Tax Math

If you need help with your tax return, don’t ask Neil Reynolds. His latest attack on the New Democrat proposal to collect modestly more tax from Ontario’s super-rich stated that “the province’s highest marginal rate on personal income would rise, federal and provincial rates combined, from 46.4 per cent to 49.4 per cent – meaning . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Neil Reynolds’ Fuzzy Tax Math

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Frances Russell criticizes the Cons’ latest attempts to stifle parliamentary accountability. And the Citizen can only scoff at Tony Clement’s claim to be an advocate for open government: What matters is whether government makes information available. The statistics from access-to-information requests suggest that less information is getting . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On divergent rules

Shorter Neil Reynolds:Taxes aimed at higher-wealth individuals only work if the people being taxed follow the law. And since when do we expect our wealthy betters to meet such an unreasonable standard? . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On divergent rules

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Murray Dobbin comments on the role that the Occupy protest movement can play in countering corporate power that’s faced far too little opposition for far too long:Why now? Perhaps it is the international dime… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: Libertarians for an Inheritance Tax

I rarely give thanks for Neil Reynolds, but today’s column is a must-read. The point is that taxing large inheritances should appeal not only to those of us concerned about highly unequal outcomes, but also to those simply concerned about equality of opportunity. It may or may not be possible to justify inequalities based on differences […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Libertarians for an Inheritance Tax

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading.- Ladies and gentlemen, your fully accountable Treasury Board president:Clement, the MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka and a former Ontario cabinet minister in the Mike Harris years, emerged from Conservative caucus… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links