Building a better nationalism

Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir is the President of Shenkar College in Israel and an adjunct professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. She is the author of the sixth in a series of articles in Foreign Affairs that deal with nationalism. (The fifth deals with the biological foundation of the "tribal mind" and explores … Continue reading Building a better nationalism

More on healthy nationalism

Professor Andreas Wimmer, of Columbia University, authored the third of the Foreign Affairs series of eight essays on nationalism. Professor Wimmer says that "Nationalism has a bad reputation today. It is, in the minds of many educated Westerners, a dangerous ideology. Some acknowledge the virtues of patriotism, understood as the benign affection for one’s homeland; at … Continue reading More on healthy nationalism

Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

I have commented before about nationalism, especially in the context of Justin Trudeau's notion that Canada is a "post national state" which I see as being rooted in his father's expedient anti-nationalism in which, I believe, he cloaked himself, starting in the late 1940s, because he knew that he had made a dreadful moral choice, … Continue reading Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

How low can they go?

I have no really firm opinions on the Canadian judicial appointments process, I know it is somewhat political; for example, back in 2015 Justin Trudeau said that all supreme court judges had to be bilingual ... full stop, as important, apparently, as being 'learned in the law.' Of course, there are very, very few indigenous … Continue reading How low can they go?

Leadership is the key issue

Gerald Butts strikes back ... politely First, a few thoughts on Gerald Butts' testimony, today, which did little, in my opinion, to counter what Ms Wilson-Raybould had to say. As expected he said, ever so calmly and politely, that the pressure put on Jody Wilson-Raybould was normal for politics and that the 9,000 jobs in … Continue reading Leadership is the key issue

A brief history of Trudeau-Liberal sleaze

I know I'm beating this Team Trudeau/SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould scandal to death, but, even after the shocking resignation of Jane Philpott, it needs to be seen in a broader context, and Erin O'Toole, the Conservative shadow foreign minister, has provided, on social media, a brief but comprehensive history of the Trudeau regime's ongoing interference with the … Continue reading A brief history of Trudeau-Liberal sleaze

Divisions (4): Renewed populism and even separatism in Western Canada

The CBC is not famously an anti-Liberal (and especially not an anti-Trudeau) network. My, personal, impression is that most, not all, certainly, of the CBC's "on air" personalities and, in so far as I have met and talked with a couple of them, the CBC's executives are, quite proudly, representatives of the Laurentian Elites and … Continue reading Divisions (4): Renewed populism and even separatism in Western Canada