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.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The "Social Contract" Scam

There used to be this thing called the "Divine Right of Kings," where the populace was expected to consent to the monarchy because God himself appointed the royal class to rule over them.

That idea has since been discarded, but the ever-so-popular "social contract" has replaced it despite being based on the same metaphysical bullshit.

This time, it's not God who has appointed our wise overlords, but "we the people" through an electoral process we've had no hand in shaping or creating. We are simply born into the system and expected to obey.