He was right, so is she

Almost a week ago I said that I agreed with former ambassador to China David Mulroney's view that making Jean Chrétien a sort of "ordinary" ambassador (one with a limited, special mission ~ our permanent ambassadors are, officially, according to the Congress of Vienna (1815) ambassadeurs extraordinaire et plénipotentiaire) would be a mistake because, as … Continue reading He was right, so is she

A provocative take on conservatism

Daniel McCarthy, the editor of Modern Age, which self describes as 'A conservative review,' has written a lengthy article for First Things,  a journal which (again) self describes as 'America's most influential journal of religion and public life.' The article is (somewhat pretentiously) headlined "A New Conservative Agenda: A governing philosophy for the twenty-first century." Now, … Continue reading A provocative take on conservatism

This time is different*

Michael J Mazarr, who is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and who was a professor and associate dean of academics at the U.S. National War College, and also was a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, near the very top of the Pentagon, has written a short … Continue reading This time is different*

A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

One problem … and another

I saw this story (in the Globe and Mail, and elsewhere) about the idea of sending former Prime Minister Jean Chétien to China to negotiate for the release of Canadian being held as, essentially, hostages by China, and, one presumes, to do what Chrystia Freeland cannot, because the Chinese Foreign Minister will not talk to Canada's … Continue reading One problem … and another

A full-course meal

Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat (1977-2010) and, currently, Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, says, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that "Tweets and soundbites," both much loved by Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland, "are the fast food of communicating policy. Like news releases, they are frequent but mostly … Continue reading A full-course meal

Self-destructing?

Two items caught my eye the other day: First, in The Economist, there is a nine-part special report which begins by saying that "Since China emerged from the wreckage of Maoism 40 years ago, the profit motive has become a pillar of stability in its relations with America. Presidential candidates might accuse China of stealing jobs. … Continue reading Self-destructing?