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11 of 425 are essays by Karen Selick

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Selick, Karen  
An Atheist's Morality

Religion is not the sole source of morality. Originally published in two parts, as a letter in the National Post (July, 1999) and an article in Canadian Lawyer magazine (Oct. 1999), combined here. Published with the permission of the author.
Don't Misuse the Word "Libertarian"

Libertarianism is rooted in principles of individual freedom and responsibility that are incompatible with some contemporary Christian beliefs. A rebuttal to the essay Libertarianism is a Christian Perspective by Timothy Bloedow, published here on conservativeforum.org.
Don’t Trust Government to Protect the Environment

Canadians clamour for government to protect the environment, but history shows that governments have been the cause of much environmental destruction. Private property rights, if respected by the courts, would do more to protect the environment than government. An edited version of this article first appeared in the November/December, 1996 issue of Canadian Lawyer.
Equality Is Not the Goal

Equality of application of laws, rather than equality of outcome, should be the goal of justice. Originally published in Canadian Lawyer magazine. Republished with the permission of the author.
Government Blows Smoke on Tobacco Lawsuit

Smokers and non-smokers alike should be concerned about attempts by the British Columbia government to sue tobacco companies for the health care costs their products require. Legislation advanced by the government tramples longstanding principles of law. If allowed to proceed, it opens avenues for dismissals by legislatures of other fundamental individual rights and restraints on government power. A slightly-different version of this essay was originally published in the National Post.
Instead of the Nanny State

The burden of inefficient state-run social welfare programs is not always alleviated by privatization. In some parts of the world, individual charity and initiative have not been squeezed out by broad state-developed welfare programs and their attendant taxation. Originally published in Canadian Lawyer magazine. Republished with the permission of the author.
Polarized, Yes - But Not By Our Plumbing

The increasing polarization in society stems not from racial, sexual or other physical differences, but from ideological differences. The two camps are “Individualists” and “Collectivists”. Members of each ideological camp can be found among every race and both sexes. A society based on individualism would allow collectivists to implement their collectivist system among those who wish voluntarily to participate. However, collectivists never allow individualists to do the same. If collectivism is so great, why does it have to be compulsory? An edited version of this article first appeared in the December, 1993 issue of Canadian Lawyer.
Property Rights Are Human Rights Too

The Human Rights Commission wants to prevent landlords from screening tenants with a simple financial test, claiming tests constitute discrimination. Taking this idea to its logical conclusion, even charging rent would become illegal, since it discriminates against those who can’t pay. So-called “human rights” laws ignore the property rights of landlords and others. In fact, property rights are among the most fundamental human rights. Depriving a person of property is like retroactively enslaving him for that portion of his life spent earning the property. An edited version of this article first appeared in the June, 1993 issue of Canadian Lawyer.
Restricting Reproductive Freedom Is the Real Indignity

The government proposes to ban certain practices in the field of human reproduction (such as surrogate mothering and sperm sales), alleging that the commercial aspects violate human dignity. Contrary to popular myth, money is not the root of all evil, but rather one of mankind’s greatest inventions. The real indignity is for the state to treat its citizens like irresponsible children. An edited version of this article first appeared in the October, 1996 issue of Canadian Lawyer.
The Ramp to Hell

So-called human rights laws violate two of the genuine, fundamental human rights: namely, property rights and freedom of contract. They create privileged classes in our society, and undermine the dignity of both those they are designed to protect and those they are designed to coerce. They permit some members of society to impose a form of involuntary servitude on others.

The Supreme Cop-Out

While mostly muddying the legal issue of spousal support, the Supreme Court's recent non-decision in Bracklow vs Bracklow has further tipped the balance in favour of women.