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The Victim Cult: How the culture of blame hurts everyone and wrecks civilizations

No one disputes that some people are victims—of others, accidents, and life.

However, we also all know someone who thinks like a victim. The Victim Cult: How the culture of blame hurts everyone and wrecks civilizations, is about those who play the victim card—but multiplied by millions, where people and societies become stuck blaming others.

The book looks at the worldwide grievance culture from American college students to some Canadian indigenous leaders and on to Donald Trump. It also details the tragic historical consequences when victim narratives go viral and destroy entire societies and civilizations.

The Victim Cult also chronicles the refusal of some who were victimized to remain stuck there. Examples include the struggles of early Asian Americans and their rise over 150 years as a positive example and a counter-example to permanent victim thinking.

Reader reviews

“In reading this book, I saw what I had learned put in print for the first time: The false narratives or ideologies that convince people that they are doomed to fail and that someone else or something else is to blame. There is plenty of blame to go around, but I prefer finding solutions.” Ellis Ross, former elected chief councillor, Haisla First Nation

“Your introduction made me want to keep reading. It also told me that you are sane, in that you know the real problem lies in our individual hearts, so, as a reader, I know I can trust you. And your love for humanity shines through throughout the book. The Victim Cult is a call from reality. It is really heavy stuff but if we don’t dig all the crap out from under the carpet, we can’t deal with it and move forward. Thank you for writing this!” - Tricia Radison

“I'd like to tell you how refreshing it is to read something so full of common sense!”-Louise Fairly

The Victim Cult available November 1 in bookstores everywhere

Published by Thomas & Black and available in bookstores and online as of November 1. Pre-order a discounted copy direct, or from Chapters.Indigo. You can also pre-order e-book editions of The Victim Cult from Chapters.Indigo and Amazon.

 

Ralph vs. Rachel

Albertans elected two starkly unique premiers in the past 25 years. The first was Ralph Klein, a high-school dropout who, as premier, cut government spending, and taxes, and saw his popularity soar. Klein was a hard-drinking, reforming politician far more comfortable with blue-collar Albertans than bluebloods. He never lost an election and was known simply as “Ralph.”

Another premier, Rachel Notley, defied expectations and in 2015 broke up the 44-year Conservative government dynasty. Notley, presiding over Alberta’s first NDP government, soon wrenched the province in a radically new direction: with higher taxes, green- friendly policy, and activist government. The new premier entered office just as oil prices plunged, as did her chance at a balanced budget.

In Ralph vs. Rachel, Mark Milke describes how both premiers entered office in similar fiscal crises and what that meant for unemployment lines, careers and Albertans. In a contrarian take, Milke argues that Notley was delivered a bad hand from the start and that Klein saved health care and education, protected the Heritage Fund, and rescued Canada’s unemployed from coast to coast—and few of Klein’s successes were due to luck.

Ralph vs. Rachel: A tale of two premiers is available direct, at Indigo/Chapters, with e-versions available at Indigo/Chapters and Amazon.ca .

“Mark Milke is a gifted public policy analyst and over the years and has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best critics of how Canadian governments of all stripes over the past half century or more have generally failed to harness the enormous economic and human potential of a great country. Ralph vs. Rachel is a timely and well-researched reminder of how successful the Klein government’s policies were, how his Conservative successors failed to stay the course, and how in four short years Rachel Notley and her NDP government plunged Alberta back into a dreadful fiscal hole.”-Paul Stanway, C2C Journal

“I just finished reading your latest book Ralph vs. Rachel. I couldn't put the book down! A great read I would recommend to anyone interested in the facts! The results of the two premiers speak for themselves and "Ralph vs. Rachel" does a great job of illustrating this!” -Kai Nome on Linked In

Mark Milke, formerly of Barbarians in the Garden City struck gold here. Refraining from inflammatory rhetoric, Mark stuck to statistics and historical facts to back up his assertions overly interventionist governance leads to bad outcomes. Now if only others - especially in U.S. politics - could write like him! - J. A. Kunzler on Amazon.com

“Well documented juxtaposition of two political personalities and ideologies by a savvy and knowledgeable Albertan. An easy, enlightening and timely read.”-Jesse on Amazon.com

To order a personalized, autographed copy of Ralph vs. Rachel, please click here.

 

Tax Me I'm Canadian! 

Tax Me I'm Canadian! is a national bestseller and has a number of unique themes: How many Canadian taxes were first implemented in the United States-the type and higher rates only later migrated north; why government spending is too often under the control of special interests and not the public interest; why it's a myth that income tax is illegal or unconstitutional; a look at the debate over taxes and civilization; and how Canadians can get a better bang for their taxpayer buck.

"It's Milke's tax history lesson that offers the most brilliant inspiration: Let's take back our heritage. Let's go back to our Canadian roots. No more 'American-style' taxes on everything that moves." Linda Leatherdale, Toronto Sun

Published by Thomas & Black. Available at Chapters/Indigo and Amazon

 
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Stealth Confiscation

In 1976, the Alberta government told an Edmonton farmer his private land was to be expropriated for a park. It offered him a pittance in compensation. Only in court, years later, did the province admit it actually wanted his land for a highway-which would have triggered much higher compensation.

Published in 2012, Stealth Confiscation details stories of infringed property rights. The book provides some remedies-a European approach to property where both expropriation and also "regulatory takings" (where a government devalues property through regulation) are both properly compensated for.   

Published by the Fraser Institute. Available at your local bookstore or online for free .

 
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A Nation of Serfs?

Imagine if a one-time IRA member had toasted the break-up of Great Britain only to later marry a British royal-and remain unapologetic. Something like this happened in Canada when a new Governor-General was appointed and her husband turned out to be a founder of the Front de libération du Québec-a 1970s-era terrorist, separatist cell that violently pursued Canada's break-up. 

"Only in Canada" one might say.

This book examines Canada's too-forgiving political culture which leads to multiple absurdities that fray the national fabric.     

Published in 2006 by Wiley & Sons. Out of print but you may be able to find a copy at www.abebooks.com.

 
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Barbarians in the Garden City

This was my first book, published in 2001. Barbarians shot to the top of the bestseller list in British Columbia and hit #1.    

Over-budget fast ferries; a faked provincial budget known as the "fudge it" budget; tilted labour legislation and attempts by the provincial government to skirt the law. All that and much more are chronicled in this book.

In his book review, Vancouver Sun editorial page editor Trevor Lautens said Barbarians in the Garden City could have been "an exhaustive 26-volume chronicle of these abuses of power". He remarked my much shorter version was a "comprehensive solidly researched" book written with "style and wit".  

Published by Thomas & Black. Out of print but you may be able to find a copy at www.abebooks.com.