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All posts by Craig Axford

I'm a US citizen, but for most of the past decade I've been living in British Columbia, Canada. I have degrees in both anthropology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria. I am currently working on a master's degree in environmental management at Royal Roads University. I've been a Green Party candidate for the US Congress as well as an organizer for the DNC. I've also served as the program director for a local non-profit environmental group.

Social Progress Index

GDP is Dead, and the Social Progress Index Succeeds It

The GDP is far past its time of use, and it is time for countries to adopt the social progress index as a measure of growth and development.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

A lesson in both the power and the limitation of models

Why We Moved To Canada

Why leaving the United States (but not going too far) is looking more and more like the right decision for many Americans.

Social Media Shouldn’t Be Free

If users really want to be the client instead of the product they should be willing to pay for the privilege.

Breaking The Rules Thoughtfully

What Alex Jones and a group of students in Tehran have to teach us about free speech.

Painting of a deer in autumn wood

Grandma’s Painting

A reflection on art, memory and meaning, found through the discovery of a beautiful Harriet Harding painting of a deer in an autumn wood.

The Lies Opponents of Single-Payer Health Care Just Keep Telling

Everything they say is wrong with universal health care is really what’s wrong with America’s

What Canada Can Teach America About Peace, Order & Good Government

Canada isn’t a utopia but it does have something to teach the United States about the value of community and the proper role of government

Motivation Matters

Ethics isn’t just about actions and their consequences.

Real Strongmen Aren’t Victims

Authoritarians need crises and enemies to blame them on. If they run out, they’ll invent new ones

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