Dear Prof. Tombe, Please note that the following post was made today to the Montreal Gazette:Why the time is ripe for a conservative Alberta premier to shake up Confederationhttp://montrealgazette.com/news/politics/why-the-time-is-ripe-for-a-conservative-alberta-premier-to-shake-up-confederation/wcm/1e1d34ec-c614-4451-8eca-ea4b351ab919
“Equalization payments are a mechanism whereby the increasingly inadequate national financial income is shared sufficiently to provide the financial powers adequate assurance that they will not become the target of regional and/or national insurrection. Social welfare financed by taxation falls into this category. It removes pressure from an essentially corrupt, exploitative and dysfunctional financial system by ensuring that the relatively few crumbs which are allowed society are sufficiently spread to prevent outright rampant deprivation and starvation with ensuing open rebellion. State encouraged ‘charity’ (voluntary ‘taxation’) serves a similar function.