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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 219
In the News... Erasing the Past to Create that Perfect Future / Madeline WeldTaliban-ruled Afghanistan has been elected to the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the 2022-2024 term and is also a member of UNESCO. This seems incompatible with the Taliban’s adherence to the destructive concept of jahiliyya but maybe it’s par for the course in our modern world.
EDITORIAL: A Prescription for Dealing with the Pandemic: Less Fear, More Reason / Madeline WeldThe lockdowns and vaccine mandates imposed in response to the pandemic are ineffective and an infringement of our Charter rights, Madeline Weld argues. Instead of censorship of opinions contrary to the official narrative, there should be a public debate about public health policies
Mass Migration - a Formula for Failure / Dale BranscombeMass immigration is hyped to Canadians as essential for the economy, but there are downsides that the growth promoters and anti-hate groups don’t want us to discuss. Dale Branscombe thinks it’s time to talk about these downsides and let Canadians have a say in shaping immigration policies
IPCC Climate Report Ignores the Elephant in the Living Room / Alan DaneshThere is much to-do about anthropogenic climate change, but little attention is given to the ever-rising number of climate changers. Humanity does not seem willing to curb its size or its appetite. Are we heading for those positive checks that Malthus listed?
The Islamic Slave Trade – and Some of Its Prominent Victims / Sophie DuleshWe hear a lot about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but very little about the Islamic one, which enslaved 20 million black Africans, with another 80 million dying en route. And how many people know that over one million Europeans were also enslaved, including Miguel de Cervantes?
Just a Little More Time / Glen HarperWorkers’ rights have come a long way since the industrial revolution began, but there still is far to go. More time for breaks would boost productivity and reduce injuries, leading to fewer claims for workers’ compensation. But will management listen?
COVID-19 Vaccines Offer Better Immunity Than Previous Infection, Says CDC. REALLY? / Gleb LisikhDo vaccines really offer better protection against Covid-19 than the immunity arising from previous infection? Should we take the information provided by health agencies at face value, or should we take a more sceptical attitude?
Has the Time Come for the Government to ENFORCE Equality Measures in Ontario Schools? / Gleb LisikhIn its eagerness to be anti-racist, is the government of Ontario engaging in discrimination? Critical Race Theory, which seems to underlie the government’s efforts, is anything but inclusive and egalitarian.
Top Ten Tendentious and Tiresome Terms – Part Deux / Daniel MayoAnother list of woke words and terms that don’t help communication but obfuscate and promote the aims of a particular ideology – which has no use for free speech and free expression.
Mr. Kafka comes to Washington: The New Woke American Nightmare / Dean MoosaviA real-life horror story of being a guardian and conservator in Washington, DC, where authorities are progressives and the rules that once would have applied have all been turned upside down – in fact if not (yet) in law.
Did the Canadian Government Build Schools to Murder Children? / Lloyd Hawkeye RobertsonThe wrongs done at Indian Residential Schools should be acknowledged, but what we’re told by the mainstream media seems intended less to inform than to promote a particular ideology. The government seems happy to support slanted representations of reality to advance progressive causes.
In Memoriam Tom Flynn / Madeline Weld & Richard GL ThainTom Flynn, the long-time editor of Free Inquiry, died unexpectedly on August 23, 2021, at the age of 66, a great loss to the world of humanism and freethought.
Book Review: The Upswing (Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn R.Garrett) / Sophie DuleshAn examination of the synchronicity of four major trends in American society over the last 125 years: economic, political, social, and cultural.
Book Review: Three Books by Carlo ROVELLI / Sophie DuleshIn Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Helgoland & The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli, a top theoretical physicist and co-author of the quantum loop gravity theory, explains Einstein’s general theory of relativity and quantum theory, and covers a multitude of other topics in this mind-expanding series of books.
Letters to the Editor / HPLetters to the Editor, feedback to Humanist Perspectives