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Conservatism and Globalization

Many of those who are demonstrators against the various international and economic summits conventionally define themselves as anarchists or radical Left. Opposition to capitalism and globalization today is said to belong to the Left. However, it could be argued that some of the profoundest critiques of capitalism, technology, and globalization have historically come from the traditionalist Right (for example, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, [...]

2019-05-21T11:28:51-04:00May 21, 2019|Soconvivium|

Tradition and ecology

The happenstance that Easter Sunday and Earth Day fall within a day of each other in 2019, leads the author to attempt a sketch towards the synthetic nesting of ecological issues within notions of culture and tradition. What are some of the affinities between traditionalist and ecological thinking? The United States and Canada certainly participate today in the worldwide trends to technology [...]

2019-04-18T12:33:07-04:00April 18, 2019|Soconvivium|

On the centenary of George Grant’s birth and 30 years since his passing

By Mark Wegierski George Parkin Grant (1918-1988) is Canada’s leading traditionalist philosopher. He is a complex, philosophical critic of technology and America. One of George Parkin Grant’s most popular and more accessible books is, Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism (1965). That work has remained almost continuously in print in Canada. Lament for a Nation mourns what George Grant [...]

2018-11-30T13:56:27-05:00November 30, 2018|Soconvivium|

The legacy of WWI

What should the legacy of World War I, and its great battles such as Vimy Ridge, be for Canadians? To many current-day observers, Canada’s participation in the First World War, and the great victory at Vimy Ridge in 1917, may often seem like events that happened several centuries ago. The roaring tide of change in Canada has been so massive, that it [...]

2018-11-12T14:50:35-05:00November 12, 2018|Soconvivium|

Is there a future for Canadian social conservatism?

It could be argued that, over the last five decades, Canadian social conservatism has failed to successfully propagandize a “counter-ethic” to the now-prevalent “social-liberal idea of Canada.” The origins of the decline of Canadian social conservatism can be traced to the battles from 1963 to 1968 between Liberal Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and the staunch Tory John Diefenbaker (Prime Minister from [...]

2018-08-28T12:23:04-04:00August 28, 2018|Soconvivium|

In search of true federalism in Canada — Old Canada, New Canada, and ‘Canada Three’

By Mark Wegierski It is argued that strengthening the provinces and regions in Canada may lead to a more balanced society. While there is no returning to the Old Canada which existed “before the ‘60s,” it is possible that the “New Canada” could reach out to incorporate some better aspects of the Old Canada, to create a new synthesis, “Canada Three,” rather [...]

2018-06-28T14:19:38-04:00June 29, 2018|Soconvivium|

U.S. Supreme Court upholds religious freedom, whereas Canadian Court does not

Rory Leishman In a significant seven-to-two ruling in Masterpiece Cake Shop Ltd. v. Colorado on June 4, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that a Christian baker had no right in law to refuse on grounds of sincere religious conviction to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. That baker can count himself [...]

2018-06-28T14:17:01-04:00June 28, 2018|Soconvivium|

In search of a long-range education policy and strategy for Ontario

  It is argued that some traditionalist remnants in education will be of vital importance to the future of society. In Canada, education is an area formally under the jurisdiction of the respective provinces. So, it is at least theoretically possible that a right-leaning government in a given province could introduce substantial changes in educational policy. However, when premier Mike Harris attempted [...]

2018-02-19T23:51:14-05:00February 19, 2018|Soconvivium|

A crisis from early-childhood-education to post-grad

A crisis from early-childhood-education to post-grad Mark Wegierski If there is anything that left-liberals in Canada clearly and unequivocally understand today, it is that education – from daycare to university – really is the key to society and the future. Hence, they have exerted enormous efforts to make education, in some respects at least, reflective of a broadly left-liberal ethos, and to [...]

2018-01-23T00:08:02-05:00January 23, 2018|Soconvivium|

The managerial-therapeutic regime in Canada

The managerial-therapeutic regime in Canada An insoluble dilemma for real democracy? Commentary Mark Wegierski Canada is indeed one of the most “exceptional” societies on the planet. Unlike the U.S. and some other Western societies, it mostly lacks an effective social conservative movement. It is given over to some of the most extreme forms of “political correctness” in any Western society. Same-sex “marriage” [...]

2017-11-09T19:43:56-05:00November 8, 2017|Soconvivium|

More to the left – more to the right

One can look at the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Canada – and its precursor, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) – to highlight the differences between the so-called Old Left, and the new left-liberal consensus. In the May 2, 2011, federal election in Canada, the New Democratic Party – Canada’s social democratic party – had won 103 seats, thus displacing the Liberal [...]

2017-05-02T07:51:33-04:00May 1, 2017|Soconvivium|

The Emergence of Media: Humanity’s Endgame

The Emergence of Media: Humanity's Endgame Mark Wegierski This work of critical writing intends to look at the topic of media in contemporary society. This writing should be seen as the beginning of further attempts -- building on the insights of figures as intellectually diverse as Marshall McLuhan and the lesser-known media theorist Harold A. Innis, Canadian philosopher George Parkin Grant, Noam [...]

2017-03-20T21:39:21-04:00March 20, 2017|Soconvivium|

Pro-lifers pleased with Judge Neil Gorsuch

Last night President Donald Trump fulfilled his campaign promise to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the bench with someone who shared his originalist judicial philosophy and named 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. It isn't much of a surprise that Democrats are opposed to Gorsuch, especially considering their client [...]

2017-02-01T11:52:12-05:00February 1, 2017|Soconvivium|

Transgressive technologies

Transgressive technologies: Does a posthuman dystopia await us? Mark Wegierski There are a number of highly transgressive technologies on the horizon of development today, which may prove to be the most fundamental challenges ever to the notion of a more stable human nature, and thereby, to what can seen to be "natural" to humankind. Such technologies can be a vehicle for the [...]

2016-12-21T13:42:36-05:00December 21, 2016|Soconvivium|

Independent candidate runs against sex-ed in Scarborough-Rouge River

Queenie Yu says that "complaining is useless" so she's running as an independent candidate in an Ontario by-election in order to put her principles into action. The principle in question is Kathleen Wynne's radical sex-ed curriculum which Yu says "will do harm to children." Yu is running on one issue: to fully repeal the sex-ed curriculum that the Liberal government introduced in [...]

2016-08-15T12:04:51-04:00August 15, 2016|Issues, Sex Education, Soconvivium|
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