This paper is a review of the reactions to Bill 62 about public services being provided and received à visage découvert. Some have been ideological and based on faulty assumptions; others based on misunderstandings; still others based on gauche handling of the Bill; and finally others based on shameless cowardice and hypocrisy.
Improprieties have plagued the governance of the RCMP: intimidation at the top, a law of silence at the middle ranks, and cynicism at the bottom, with overall a culture of fear. Suggestions for a reinvention of the RCMP along different lines are proposed.
Canadian federal administration seems to have gone off the rails. It is not only a matter of bad policy capabilities, but also of failures at routine management. Three cases are studied (parliamentary watchdogs, CRA services and the Phoenix affair). This reveals much managerial incompetence.
Progressivism is one of the most toxic illnesses of our society. This paper sketches its emergence, its dark side and its toxicity. A certain intellectual gangrene ensues, and some examples are mentioned. The author has written two books of decontamination (Pasquinades in E and Pasquinades en F) to which he refers.
This overview of Brazil's economic history shows how rent creation through protected markets and the associated anti-federalist union are central to an understanding of how government failed to provide economic mobility and social capability.
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