Author: David Solway

How to haggle with a socialist

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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