Thursday, June 22, 2017

What's Happening in BC Politics?

Gawd, I hate politics. 

Although Christy Clark has given her throne speech, it is the Lt. Governor who technically decides the outcome. 

Because when people say “BC,” they must forget what the “B” stands for. 


And in this inherited political system, we commoners divide monarchical power with democratic and aristocratic powers.

It’s almost as if the classical liberal English of old understood political philosophy. 

That every society has its monarchical, democratic and aristocratic elements. 

That the success of the British Empire more or less rested on balancing these governing principles.

So while Christy and Horgan lust after power like blood-thirsty parasites, it is the unelected Head of State that will determine BC’s future.

Since the BC legislature would be in a virtual stalemate if the NDP-Green coalition comes to power, the speaker of the house, who is currently Liberal, would have to constantly cast a tie-breaking vote.

If the Lieutenant-Governor doesn’t have confidence in this hobbled together agreement between the NDP and Greens, then it really doesn’t matter that the MLAs propose and vote on an amendment to topple the Liberals.

Now, in 2017, these Head of States like BC’s Lieutenant-Governor or Canada’s Governor General don’t hold much power beyond figureheads and rubber stamps. The democratic element has eroded society and is actively undermining free markets.

In fact, the Governor General of Canada just apologized for the fact that even aboriginals are technically immigrants. 

Worse than a runaway legislature, the social media mob now has public opinion in its grasp. How does a far-right bigot make it in this world?

Will the Lt-Governor side with Corrupt Clark or the Horgan-Weaver Tax-and-Spend Brigade?

Clark is clearly the lesser evil, provided that the Libertarian Party never wins any seats, and it would have been nice to see the Greens side with her (#ISideWithHer).

Think about it — nice, clean environmental record while cutting taxes and red-tape. The BC Liberals are the most fiscally conservative Liberals in Canada and, hey, since we have a carbon tax anyway, you might as well massively decrease income taxes, and while you’re at it, get rid of that sales tax. There’s already a federal one, isn’t that enough?

And property taxes at a municipal level are getting out of control, but I digress. 

BC could be looking at another election. 

How fun. 

More of those goddamn plastic signs. 

More commercials and before YouTube videos too! C’mon, man! I can’t skip that one? A full 30 seconds? I’d rather watch a full minute or two of actual commercials!

But there’s still hope. 

The Greens aren’t calling their deal with the NDP a “coalition,” meaning, they could look at the promises made in the throne speech and say, okay, since this government depends on how we vote, let’s make this parliament work by having the stable Liberal Party in charge.

And knowing lower mainland BC, this would result in plummeting poll numbers for Weaver and his Greens.

And since democracy is the god that failed... The Lt-Governor would be best to play ball and let the NDP form government.

But I hope she doesn't.

*Update* She did. Say hello to Premier Horgan 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

All Hail the CRTC!

Canadians pay through the nose for the internets.

Our cell phones aren't cheap, either.

This is, of course, the government's fault. The CRTC regulator is to blame, but so is legislation that favours Canadian companies at the expense of American companies.

Putting Canadians out of work, really. Depriving them of entrepreneurial status.

Who knows what innovations a Canadian could create when he or she has access to American markets.

Canada's Telecom cartel and the CRTC are destroying wealth before it's even created.

And it's about to get worse.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How To Game the System and Make Taxpayers Pay for Your Shitty Business Idea

Alyssa Furtado had no startup money, but she had an idea.

So, did she pitch the idea to venture capitalists? Did she find some way to raise the necessary capital?

No, of course not. She pillaged the taxpayer through government grants.

Can’t say I entirely blame her. If she didn’t do it, someone else would, and thus the system bestows socialism and entrepreneurial laziness.

But still, writing an op-ed in a major newspaper may not be the best PR strategy.

Monday, August 22, 2016

You Cannot Falsify Praxeology

Unlike the natural “hard” sciences, the study of human action doesn’t proceed from inductive generalizations of perceived regularities. Instead, its method is deductive, its starting point is the concept of action.

From the analysis of the concept, economics can be deduced. “Action and reason,” wrote Mises in Human Action, “may even be called two different aspects of the same thing.”

But why would humans, who are part of the natural world, require different analysis?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Earthquakes in British Columbia!!!

Would you ever live in an earthquake zone?

Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Tofino?

Goddamn, a tsunami in Tofino and you're done.

Drowning is one of the worst ways to go.

But let’s say you survived.

Or let’s say you lived safely inland, away from the Pacific Ring of Fire.

You’d still suffer from the hands of government.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

10 Idiosyncrasies of Vancouver

Vancouver is the real-life version of Epcot
Having now lived in Vancouver for over two years, I’ve come to notice some peculiars about this city. Here are ten.

10 — The police are lazy

Not that I care, in fact, this is one of the nice things about the city.

While everyone goes on about the North Shore mountains, the Pacific Ocean, or lack of snow, I find comfort in the fact that the police generally don’t give a shit.

Sure, they’ll pull you over for some minor infraction, but for a city with over 100 illegal cannabis dispensaries, it’s clear that the cops are too lazy to enforce all the laws on the books.

Or, more likely, there are too many laws on the books and, thanks to the economic calculation problem, the Vancouver Police Department has trouble allocating compliance.

9 — Fireworks are a big deal

Did you ever watch Parks and Recreation? In it, there is a miniature horse named Li’l Sebastian that the town practically worships.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Vancouver Housing Bubble: Wildcard!

Silly Vancouverites.

At the risk of this post being used against me in a municipal election (like what happened when I ran for mayor of Canmore, Alberta), all I have to say is: Vancouverites are delusional.

First off, although this is completely anecdotal, I cannot count how many people I've spoken to that think Vancouver's housing prices will never crash.

Oh yeah, those $3 million houses will just keep climbing in value.

Fucking delusional.

Second, they blame the Chinese all the time. I once mentioned the low-interest rates set by the central bank. I was told that these foreign investors pay for everything in cash and therefore "interest rates are irrelevant."

*Headdesk* For when facepalms aren't enough.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

No Bananas For You!

Terry Brake was in a car accident that left him with brain damage. He had to relearn how to walk and speak.

Can you imagine?

I probably would have said fuck it. Do a bunch of drugs, fuck a bunch of whores, then put a gun to my head when the fun was over.

But Terry obviously had more ambition than I.

As part of his recovery therapy, Brake’s doctor gave him a banana plant to grow.

This sparked an idea that eventually saw Brake and his caregiver start a 40-hectare tropical fruit farm.

In Ontario.

Tropical fruit.

In Ontario.

Surprisingly enough, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the hard part isn’t growing tropical fruit in Ontario’s climate.

The hard part is getting through the government bureaucracy.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

China in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is in a real estate bubble because banks have been consuming capital to prompt up unsustainable financial markets.

High housing prices are a part of a larger chain of cause and effect. A million dollar housing market in Vancouver may look like the fault of Chinese laundering money through home buying, but there’s more to it.

For one, China is a corrupt place but with so many successful entrepreneurs, it makes sense for them to want to park their money in safer havens like Canadian property and companies.

Friday, July 15, 2016

How To Have a "Rightful Revolution"

“The great and chief end therefore, of Mens uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the Preservation of their Property… whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence…. By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty.” - John Locke

An election doesn’t validate the “we” or “us” pronouns.

If you speak in the name of all Canadians, then I can only assume you have the consent of every Canadian.