“Emperor Max” is No Solution

In a National Post column published August 31, Maxime Bernier lays out his reasons for leaving the Conservatives and forming his own federal party. Urging Canadians to learn about public choice theory, Bernier claims that Canadian politics has been hijacked by interest groups, whose lobbying has “corrupted” both the Conservative and Liberal parties.

Bernier’s stated goal is nothing less than “systematically reversing the dynamic described by public choice theory”.

But what new approach does Bernier propose to help his party accomplish this task?

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Signs Your Organization is Authoritarian (Part 1: Deflecting Criticism)

Authoritarianism isn’t always obvious. Sometimes, it infects an organization slowly, progressing for years before members realize (or admit) what has happened.

If you’ve ever had a gut feeling that something just isn’t right with your organization’s leadership, think back to the last time a member criticized the organization. How did the leaders respond? Did they use any of the words or phrases below?

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Efficiency and the Road-Trip Economy

Whenever people talk about economic policies, the subject of efficiency is guaranteed to come up.

People are constantly concerned about efficiency, and being perceived as “inefficient” or “wasteful” can be a deadly blow to a politician or a policy idea.

In this environment, it’s easy to start thinking that efficiency itself is the purpose of the economy. But not only is efficiency not the purpose of the economy, it’s not even one of the purposes.

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Why ballot box commentary cannot work

This is a follow-up to my report yesterday that the Green Party of Canada has added partisan messaging to their ballots for this year’s convention. It’s not necessary to read that post first, but it provides a real-world example of this phenomenon, if you would like to see one.

For anybody who has even briefly observed the differences between democratic and authoritarian states, it should be obvious that democracies try to keep their voting processes strictly non-partisan, while authoritarian states typically do the opposite.

But just in case it’s not obvious why ballot box commentary is a terrible idea for any organization, this post explains the problems.

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