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

Immigration policy (3) and politics

Tasha Kheiriddin who is a pretty reliably conservative broadcaster and commentator has issued a stark warning, in an opinion piece for Global News, in which she says that "While carbon taxes and pipelines are predicted to top the political agenda, an ugly undercurrent threatens to drag the debate to dangerous places ... [and] ... In a … Continue reading Immigration policy (3) and politics

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

Education

There is a very useful article in the Financial Times that talks about outgoing Chicago Mayor (and former Obama aide) Ram Emanuel's attempts "to retool the community college system. Since becoming mayor in 2011, Mr Emanuel has demonstrated two things. First, there is a large pent-up demand for technical education among young Americans, particularly in … Continue reading Education

Leaders give, they do not take

In the earliest days of the blog I said that we should look to Louis St Laurent, a mid 20th century Liberal, as a model for modern Conservative political leaders. My point was that the Liberal Party that St Laurent led, in the 1950s, was fiscally prudent, healthily nationalistic, socially moderate, mildly, progressive, committed to national … Continue reading Leaders give, they do not take