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Patricia Marino
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The Rising Price Of Cars In A Pedestrian Wasteland And The Complexity Of Measuring Well-Being
This week I am visiting family in one of those places in the United States where you really have to have a car to get around -- not because it's like rural farmland or anything, but just because everything is sprawly and spread out and there isn't much in t...

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Economics Policies Have Losers and Winners. Why Don't Experts Talk About It?
Often, economic policies are justified by appeal to the fact that they will increase overall economic growth. And sometimes, resistance to those policies is framed as ignorance or lack of understanding about how economies work. For example, in discussions o...

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Mysteries Of The Toronto Bus Terminal: WTF?
As we've had occasion to discuss in this space before, I take the bus . Since I live in Toronto, this means I spend a certain amount of time in the Toronto bus terminal, downtown at Bay and Dundas. Since I often take an early morning bus, much of that time ...

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Consent Is A Really Low Bar For Most Human Interaction
I was talking with someone yesterday about consent. I often think about consent in connection with sexual consent, because I teach and research in that area, but then our conversation moved on to other kinds of consent -- consent to have certain kinds of ve...

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The Thing On The Other Side Of "Political Correctness" Is (Often) Not "Free Speech"
Often when people argue over political correctness, you hear the opposing point of view framed in terms of "free speech": proponents of political correctness, it is suggested, want to restrict speech, and opponents want not to restrict it. But for a long ti...

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Thank You For Your Patience
Loyal readers, I was too busy and over-committed this week and I thought I'd have time to write something but then I didn't. Just wanted to post this note so no one would worry. Thank you for reading, as always, I appreciate it! See you back here next Tuesday.

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Is Giving Away More Money Easy Or Hard?
Sometimes in discussions about poverty, taxation, charity and inequality, I encounter a very specific debate over whether choosing to give money away is more difficult in some way than paying a required tax. If yes, the suggestion goes, that'd be an argumen...

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Accidental Philosopher Photographs Some Things Part 3
It's the first day of school -- which if you work anywhere near the education field you know induces in most of us the same kind of anxiety and freakout that we all felt when we were back in kindergarden. What if I miss the bus? What if the other kids make ...

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Some Books To Alleviate Holiday Boredom And Dread
For me, inactivity often induces existential angst and the feeling of the pointlessness of life. So I don't do well with blah holidays like New Year's Day, when people tend to laze around eating and watching sports and everything is closed. Maybe you're a b...

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Culture And Identity Everywhere, Or, Where Are The Reluctant Vegetarians?
For a long time, I used to be a vegetarian. It was for ethical reasons only: I've always loved to eat meat. OK maybe it wasn't for such a long time, but it was .. maybe 15 years or something. For various reasons it all kind of fell apart around the time I m...
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