Author: Kevin Avram

How Big Business In Its Truest Sense Has Been a Blessing

In many parts of the world, national economies are in trouble. Politicians have been asking bankers—who are on the brink of financial ruin—how to fix things. The bankers respond by saying that governments need to give billions to the banks. Well isn’t that a no-brainer. If the politicians had asked bakers how to fix the economy, taxpayers would no doubt be subsidizing bakers right now, while backstopping loans for doughnut shops. Bailing out banks is not capitalism. History has proven beyond doubt that free market capitalism is the most effective economic system there is when it comes to creating...

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Ranching 101 and Why Parliament Waged War Against the Crown

For every rancher, understanding the difference between steers, heifers, bulls, and cows is pretty basic—kind of like “Ranching 101.” If for some reason there were a rancher incapable of telling the difference, he wouldn’t have much of an operation. This ability to make distinctions is important, and applies not just to ranching but to other endeavours as well, including government and politics.

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How a Pizza Helped Rod Understand Democracy and Freedom

Many people believe democracy and freedom are the same thing. Actually, they’re not. Democracy refers to a decision-making process that involves three or more people, maybe even millions. Freedom has to do with the ability an individual has to make a choice, and then act upon that choice. (Often, although not always, the expression of freedom is reflected in our economic choices. Freedom also implies the right to not be discriminated against.) The idea that Canadians, and Albertans, should use a democratic process to decide our own fate on key political issues is certainly more favorable towards promoting freedom...

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Legislative vs. Executive, and Politicians Who Don’t Get Paid

The United States and Canada each have three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislature passes the laws. The executive branch administers the laws. The judicial branch enforces the laws. In the U.S., 49 states have bicameral legislatures where laws are debated and passed. It means they actually have two legislative assemblies. One is called a House of Representatives, or a lower house, the other is called a state senate, or upper house. In a state like Wyoming for example, there are 60 people elected to the house of representatives and 30 people elected to the State...

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Bill 2, and the Alberta Government’s Continuing Challenge to Landowner Rights

The Alberta government has churned out a parade of anti-property rights laws these past few years. Bill 19 originally gave government the power to put development decisions about private property under the control of a Cabinet Minister.With Bill 24 the government seized control of privately-owned pore spaces. Pore spaces are sub-surface hollow spots, like the holes in a sponge. In Ontario, landowners lease pore spaces to utility companies for more than $100 per acre per year. In Alberta, as a result of Bill 24, these condominium-like storage spaces now belong to government and are controlled by politicians. Bill 36...

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