Joseph Heath is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He is the author of several books, including début italiqueMorality, Competition and the Firm, and Enlightenment 2.0 début italique, which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing in 2015.

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A relative decline

By now Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations has been dissected quite extensively. But I have yet to see even one commenta- tor point out that Huntington's central thesis ”” that the three major emerging …

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A toast to the independent audit

The recent sponsorship scandal proves, once and for all, that the government has an enormous amount to learn about account- ability from the private sector. This whole dust-up would never have occurred if the federal …

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An American secession

I don't mean to seem overly excitable, but the upcoming presi- dential election in the United States strikes me as being of monumental importance. What the contest between George W. Bush and John Kerry amounts …

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Health Care as a Commodity

One of the arguments that we have been hearing against increased privatization of the health-care system, from Roy Romanow among others, is derived from the idea that medical care should not be treated as a ”œcommodity.” This …

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How to fix Western alienation

The first Canadian election that I paid any real attention to was the 1980 snap election that brought Pierre Trudeau back to power. I was 12 years old, living in Saskatoon. My mother was heavily …

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In praise of Ontario

They say that there are only two types of Canadians: those who live in Toronto, and those who hate Toronto. Yet one of my great dis- coveries, since first moving to this city over eight …

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In praise of slow growth

I would like to argue that an extended period of slow growth for the Canadian economy — by which I mean GDP growth that exceeds the rate of population growth by perhaps 1 percent per year …

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Information still wants to be free

Although the dot-com bubble has burst, the task of sorting through the debris is not yet complete. Over the course of the past decade, so many false, misleading, implausible and just plain stupid things have …

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Learning to love the psychopath

For anyone interested in under- standing the incoherence of the left in Canada these days, you can learn pretty much everything you need to know by watching the (now award-winning) Canadian documen- tary The Corporation, …

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Loving the market or supporting business

While there is a widespread consensus that capitalism represents the only viable way of organizing a modern economy, popular reaction to the recent spate of corporate governance scandals has reminded us that people still have …

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Nationalism left and right

One of the more unusual fea- tures of the Canadian political landscape, seldom explicitly noted, is that nationalist sentiment is far more pronounced on the left than it is on the right. This is actually …

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Privatization and demutualization

George W. Bush has repeatedly been described as wanting to privatize pensions and health care, through his plan to bol- ster the use of tax-sheltered health savings accounts and individual retirement sav- ings plans. This …

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Religious correctness

You can add my name to the list of people who are getting sick and tired of hearing about how Islam is a ”œreligion of peace.” Anyone who agrees with this sort of claim is …

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Restoring sanity to our political culture

The National Mall in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's great boulevards. Officially designated a national park, its tree-lined expanse runs from the Lincoln Memorial in the west to the Capitol in the east, …

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Separating church from state

Several months ago, while read- ing my morning newspaper, I was quite struck by a letter to the editor from an evangelical Christian. It had to do with same-sex marriage. He asked roughly the following …

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The Disappearance of Big Ideas

To say that ”œbig ideas” have dis- appeared from the political scene is simply an oblique way of describing what Francis Fukuyama referred to as the ”œend of history,” or what Jürgen Habermas, in a …

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The global governance deficit

There seems to be an assumption, throughout most of the discus- sion of international governance issues, that the development of increas- ingly powerful institutions at the interna- tional level is going to be limited by …

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The politics of congestion

One of the most extraordinary sights in Canada is the DVP expressway in Toronto. ”œDVP” stands for ”œDon Valley Parkway,” but it is better known among locals as the ”œDon Valley Parking Lot.” Rush hour …

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Thoughts on a united Right

Many years ago a friend of mine ”” a man of scrupu- lously centrist political con- victions ”” told me that although he found both the left wing and the right wing to be equally …

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War no Alternative to Politics

Like most Canadians, I received a strong dose of anti-Americanism along with my mother's milk. In my case, it's because my mother was an American ”” one who, like many of her fellow citizens, left …

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Why have a constitution at all?

Some people would have us believe that the Supreme Court of Canada, emboldened by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, has adopted an increasingly ”œactivist” stance and is now usurping powers that should legitimately be …

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