Crawl Across the Ocean

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

No Foolish Consistency Here

Andrew Coyne on Stephane Dion,
"The message one hopes public figures would wish to send is this: that Canadian citizenship is a precious thing; that it is not only a gift, but a vow; that we are a nation, or must be if we hope to amount to much -- a compact, if you like, binding all 32 million of us to each other in common cause. We do not merely populate this half of the continent; we are, rather, engaged in a great collective venture, the construction of a society based on justice and committed to do its part in advancing the human prospect."

Such powerful words, let's bind all 32 million Canadians in a common cause - oh wait, sorry, would you settle for 31,999,999 Canadians?

Andrew Coyne on Conrad Black,
"To be sure, the first Lord Black of Crossharbour has had a famously complicated relationship with his country of birth, even renouncing his citizenship when forced to choose -- a peerage for a passport. But if he has sometimes sounded angry with his country, these were clearly the cries of a wounded lover. We disappointed him, and he was not too shy to let us know it."

While on the topic of Conrad Black (sucks to be you Conrad!), I find it mysterious that right-wing folks are all so keen to rush in and defend him. I guess Occam's razor suggests that it's just because left-wingers have taken such glee in his downfall and right-wingers hate to see left-wingers happy, so there's not much point reading more into it, but still, it makes you wonder how much of a scum someone would have to be before right-wingers would refuse to defend them.

I mean, he was expelled from school for cheating, he was forced in court to return money he stole from the pensions of his employees and now he's been arrested and thrown in jail for fraud and obstructing justice. Yet the 'law and order' crowd just says poor old misunderstood Conrad.

Speaking of the law and order crowd, crime hits a 25 year low - if only the word 'crime' didn't rhyme with 'time' maybe demagogic politicians would stop trying to play the fear card and do something sensible like legalizing marijuana.


  • Silly rabbit. Don't you realize that it is because of the leadership of Stephen Harper that crime is down? Evildoers are deterred by his "toughness".

    By Blogger Greg, at 4:03 AM  

  • They must have been REALLY scared of Chretien then...2003 had the lowest crime rate in 30 years.

    I think it has to do with the "Shawinigan choke-hold". Perhaps Steve can learn a few flying scissor kick and make us crime free?

    By Blogger Mike, at 4:50 AM  

  • Pure demographics - it;s an aging population and most crime (except of course the white collar type of dear Conrad, but we know those weren't really crimes just smart business right ;) )is committed by the under 30 crowd

    By Anonymous Doug Alder, at 9:52 AM  

  • Not only demographics; when unemployment is down, crime rates are generally down as well.

    Great comments over on Coyne's blog in regards to productivity, by the way.

    By Blogger rob, at 6:03 PM  

  • Greg & Mike, Chretien's getting up there in years now, but I have to say I'd be a lot more worried with him chasing me down than I would be with Harper, that's for sure.

    Rob, thanks.

    Doug & Rob - I remember in Freakonomics, the authors argued that the drop in U.S. crime rates had nothing to do with demographics and was mainly due to liberalized abortion laws.

    They make passing reference to studies in Canada and Australia that show the same thing, referring to 2 in the endnotes, this article by Anindya Sen and this article (abstract only), which doesn't seem all that relevant from that abstract, but I guess you'd have to read the whole thing to know for sure.

    I'm not fully convinced myself, I'd need to see someone walk me through the demographic numbers to convince me the changes in demographics were really so small that they don't have an impact, but it's something to think about, at any rate.

    I don't expect you'll see Harper and co. arguing this line at any point soon, that's for sure....

    By Blogger Declan, at 7:41 PM  

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