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

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

A new poll

The (somewhat right-centre biased) Angus Reid Institute has released a new poll which shows that "for Liberal candidates, a disastrous slide in support over the first half of the year appears to have ended, making this a critical – albeit shrinking – period of time to try to regroup and rebuild ... [and] ... Conservatives, meanwhile, will … Continue reading A new poll

Danger! Polls ahead

Philippe J. Fournier is the creator of 338Canada.com and he is a regular contributor to L’actualité magazine and a professor of physics and astrophysics at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal. Maclean's magazine will be publishing his aggregated and weighted poll results in the run-up to the October election. In his most recent report, dated 5 May 19, Professor … Continue reading Danger! Polls ahead

The right kind of enemies?

Aaron Wherry, writing for CBC News, says that "Justin Trudeau would probably prefer that Rachel Notley remain premier of Alberta. He'd likely rather have ex-Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne still running things in Queen's Park ... [but, he says] ... in lieu of allies and like-minded leaders, Jason Kenney and Doug Ford could provide Justin Trudeau with something he … Continue reading The right kind of enemies?

Nationalism (3): populist poseurs

Professor Jan-Werner Müller of Princeton University, says, in the fourth of a series of articles on nationalism in Foreign Affairs, that "What the past few years have witnessed is not the rise of nationalism per se but the rise of one variant of it: nationalist populism. “Nationalism” and “populism” are often conflated, but they refer to different … Continue reading Nationalism (3): populist poseurs

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