Author: Olivier Ballou

Why conservatives should stop worrying and start loving art

Yes a lot of contemporary art is left-wing agitprop. Yes it’s outrageous that taxpayers have to pay for it. And yes some artists take particular pleasure in producing art that makes conservative heads explode. So what? Get over it, writes Olivier Ballou. Art and artists are more politically diverse than conservatives think, and they are the tribunes of a free, democratic and prosperous society. Even the abstract artists!

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The Rise and Fall of Capitalist Montréal

Amongst endless stories of corruption and decline, it is easy to forget how economically powerful Montréal once was. One time Montréal resident Olivier Ballou reviews a new account of growth and decline that, like the city itself, fails to grasp the importance of open markets for continued growth and prosperity

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