Author: David Solway

Qualitative data, quantitative data, numbers, truth

The Rule of Numbers and the Search for Truth

Putting numbers to nearly everything is the postmodern world’s way of separating facts and knowledge from mere opinion or superstition. This not merely reflects a cramped view of knowledge, it is false and immensely damaging to rational inquiry, discussion and the dissemination of knowledge. David Solway mounts a counter-argument for quality over mere quantity. Although nominally about the social sciences and aimed at its practitioners, Solway’s essay serves up food for thought for any consumer, customer or target of the social sciences: students, their parents, business people, employers, government officials, voters. In short, all of us.

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They Burn Witches, Don’t They

Smear, denounce, attack, delegitimize and wreck their career. The twisted toolbox of today’s left – including here in Canada – should be growing familiar to conservatives, for victims in virtually all walks of life topple almost daily. One of the latest is sociologist Ricardo Duchesne, long of the University of New Brunswick but, as of last week, no longer. David Solway illuminates the sordid saga of a solid researcher and author becoming the left’s racist du jour.

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Greeks with Gifts

With the possible exception of executives of regulated utilities or owners of supply-managed farms, you rarely find socialists running private businesses. Except, apparently, in the near-failed socialist state of Greece. Canadian writer David Solway made this discovery at an antiquarian bookstore in Athens, where he learned from the hard-bargaining proprietor that socialists can be as good at taking other people’s money as they are at spending it.

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O poetry where art thou?

Western Civilization has depended on poets and poetry to educate, enlighten, entertain and ennoble us since Homer charted the course of the Trojan War and the journey of Odysseus. Alas, writes Canadian poet David Solway, most of what passes for poetry today has no more artistic merit or social utility “than graffiti on freight trains”. Fortunately we have the classics and a handful of moderns who honour them to provide literary sustenance in these parched poetic times. You can discover or rediscover them in Solway’s essay in C2C Journal.

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