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From the Paradise Papers to Charlie Rose—forget regulating behaviour

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“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return,” Gore Vidal famously wrote 40 years ago.

But hang on for a bit. I just got this whole thought laid out in my head about how we’re doing in New Brunswick these days—when my son called. He’s taking a philosophy course and his best friend is doing a history course, and they ended up arguing about religion. The friend argued that religion was a significant driver of progress. Unsurprisingly, my son took the opposite approach, and I guess tried to show his friend that religion was actually the executioner of the very things it was set up to advance: spirituality and humanity.

So my son and I tossed that around for a while before the brilliance of organized religion dawned on me. The very foundation of religion is based on ambiguity and paradox. Religion deals in the ethereal, vapor…

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