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Mike Reid

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Mike Reid is a contributing editor to, a publishing consultant at, and the publications impresario at He also teaches anthropology at the University of Winnipeg. Mike lives in Manitoba with his wife and two children.

Mike Reid's Articles

When Child Labor Is Your Only Option

As a boy on the streets of Nigeria, Rocky Peter relied on food from trash cans and water from pot holes and broken pipes.


- June 28, 2016

Dear Arbiters of What Is Offensive

Submission on the surface often comes with vengeful defiance in the shadows.

- June 14, 2016

The Myth of Primitive Communism

Nomadic foragers share everything not because they are selfless but because favors and obligations are their most valuable commodities.

- March 29, 2016

Do You Believe in Witches?

We keep falling for the appeal of essentially magical explanations that rely on the power of good or bad intentions.

- February 22, 2016

Consensual Violence

In the mosh pit, everyone involved has their own incentives to keep one another safe from aggression, exposed to the level of violence they desire, and generally entertained.

- January 05, 2016

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Charity

The universal laws of human action will help you understand what motivates strangers, for good or for ill.

- December 22, 2015

Dumbing Down the World

The United Nations wants to get the world’s children into government-approved classrooms, apparently regardless of what happens there.

- January 27, 2015

We Can't Bomb Our Way to Sanity

Martin Couture-Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau were not good Muslims on the accepted path of proper conduct in their faith communities. They were unstable men living with intense mental and emotional turmoil.

- October 28, 2014

Culture in a Cage

Cultures evolve in a process of entrepreneurial discovery. State interference often has tragic results. 

- March 12, 2013

Sustainability vs. Local Knowledge

Before heading overseas to teach people in poor countries how to farm, rich-world people infatuated with sustainability should take a moment to consider who is more likely to know best how to provide for their own needs and wants. 

- December 19, 2012

A Natural Birth

Eschewing some of the trappings of modern technology during childbirth is every woman's right, but it's by no means more "natural." Nothing, in fact, is more natural than human beings altering their world to make it easier—and more pleasant—to survive in. 

- December 05, 2012

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