Avik Jain

Avik Jain is a student of History at McGill University. He loves running, shooting hoops, and reading. Aspiration: Speechwriter

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Protectionism sucks

Apr 3, 2016 — Avik Jain

Protectionism is making a comeback. Be it in Canada, where an adolescent believer in unicorn ponders the validity of the TPP (lord knows if he comprehends the acronym), the USA, where a socialist and a clown rage against big business screwing the working man, or the dark lord Merkel, desperate on blocking off Europe from the wider world. Economic history and reality demonstrate that the temptation of building walls and installing tariffs contradicts progress of any kind.

Transnational interests. Open borders. Crony capitalism. The loaded words never seem to cease when flowing from the spewing mouths of university hipsters or San Francisco foragers. For anyone who enjoys sipping some Scotch on a cool urban evening, or popping a juicy Chilean grape under the beating sun, capitalism, raw and deliciously beautiful to the core, cannot be dismissed. For anyone who enjoys the finer things in life, the free movement of people, technology, goods and techniques must be encouraged. No person can be supreme at everything; the same humbling truth goes for countries as well. Whether a nation is resource-rich and poor, or highly educated and barren, the acceptance of specialization opens the door to broader consumption and greater happiness.

Emergency Brexit

Feb 22, 2016 — Avik Jain

Boris Johnson, the sitting mayor of London, elected MP, and shoe-in to succeed David Cameron, has officially declared his support for a UK exit from the European Union. His popularity will bolster the case for the “Yes” vote in Britain’s 2017 EU referendum, while also providing legitimacy to the argument that the supranational organization is a threat to economic liberty and national sovereignty.

The EU was theoretically created to improve the relations and interconnectivity between countries that had warred against each other on a global scale twice in less than a century. In reality, it was an alliance concocted by Parisians and Berliners intent on protecting their inefficient farmers and industries, determined to shun the big bad world with its free trade and (shudder) foreign competition.

Perchance to caffeinate

Dec 15, 2015 — Avik Jain

My dear mother has long had the habit of absentmindedly leaving sips of lukewarm coffee in a variety of colourful mugs around an otherwise spotless house. It is a dark day for whoever has the gall to toss the remnants of powder and water down the drain – only she may determine when the miniscule servings of Nescafe she serves herself are simply beyond the hour of tasteful consumption. My beloved girlfriend, the other woman in my life, has a similar eccentricity for caffeine in its hottest form. She allows herself the soothing relief, like mom, amidst her grueling workdays, or falls victim to a bitter, yet sugary darkness when exams come creeping.

A jihad for education

Nov 30, 2015 — Avik Jain

The images coming out of Mosul trigger shudders worldwide, the daylong indoctrination sessions and widespread rapes stealing away the individuality of boys and the innocence of young girls. Trapped in ISIS’s stronghold and wary about escaping to areas under abusive Shiite rule, Sunni parents have had little choice but to let their children be taken under the wing of perhaps the most vicious Islamist terror group of the 21st century. While there are fears that this cult might extend beyond far-flung deserts of the Middle East, its limited presence has already begun the process of indoctrinating a generation of youth, and it is doubtful that even shock-and-awe force will be able to undo the theft of minds and souls.

Flight of the capital

Nov 30, 2015 — Avik Jain

Justin Trudeau is not a particularly imposing or threatening individual. However, as he continues to roll out his infantile envy-based tax plans and monetary policies, shockwaves are likely to be sent through the economic soul of Canada, while investors start packing their bags and fleeing for their lives.

Mr. Trudeau spent the better part of the last two years lamenting the decline of the Canadian middle class and the supposed income inequality that engulfs the frigid North. Over caviar and French vodka with Chrystia Freeland, he drafted a platform based on the fundamentals of class warfare, a populist policy piece designed to selectively punish economic success. According to Justin, successful Canadians are nothing more than greedy exploiters, determined to stash their wealth and contribute nothing to society. He should know best – his father inherited millions and passed it all down to his children, using every loophole and tax haven at his disposal.

The dilettante prime minister

Nov 22, 2015 — Avik Jain

A few days after being sworn into office, Justin Trudeau bounded down Parliament’s steps, smiling broadly for a small gaggle of reporters. He greeted one, pretending to listen attentively to her question as he hurriedly walked away from the Peace Tower. After quipping a bit about his “big job,” he ignored her for another female reporter who was armed with a cameraman. After listening to the latter’s questions and beginning to answer, he ignored her too, this time to greet an acquaintance. Small glimpses of people’s interactions with others are often quite revealing. Watching Mr. Trudeau engage (or pretend to engage) with the plebeians reveals a chap who is energetic, easily bored, and at ease with the doting attention of others.