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Who speaks for the working classes?

Who speaks for the working classes?   In Canada and the United States, the holiday honouring workers and the union movement is celebrated on the first Monday of September, as Labour Day, to avoid the radical connotations of May Day. In some parts of Europe, by contrast, May Day is still celebrated with enthusiasm by socialist and far left parties who share [...]

2019-09-01T18:13:50-06:00September 1, 2019|Soconvivium|

The ideological consequences of WWII

80 years since its outbreak, World War II continues to shape the world: A précis of some of the ideological consequences of the war World War II and one of its main ideological results – the general discrediting of Western traditionalism -- continue to shape events in the world today. Among the long-term effects of the war, there is the ongoing erosion [...]

2019-08-30T18:48:59-06:00August 30, 2019|Soconvivium|

In Search of Canadian Identity

  Canada, which Pat Buchanan once called a “Soviet Canuckistan,” certainly has some serious problems combating the ceaseless self-undermining of its military forces and traditions, but it is also having at least as difficult a time defining a coherent identity for itself. For example, there have been frequent calls to eliminate the traditional oath to Queen Elizabeth and her heirs and successors, [...]

2019-07-01T13:28:58-06:00July 1, 2019|Soconvivium|

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, [...]

2019-05-21T11:28:51-06:00May 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 [...]

2019-04-18T12:33:07-06:00April 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 [...]

2018-11-30T13:56:27-06:00November 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 [...]

2018-11-12T14:50:35-06:00November 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 [...]

2018-08-28T12:23:04-06:00August 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 [...]

2018-06-28T14:19:38-06:00June 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 [...]

2018-06-28T14:17:01-06:00June 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 [...]

2018-02-19T23:51:14-06:00February 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 [...]

2018-01-23T00:08:02-06:00January 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” [...]

2017-11-09T19:43:56-06:00November 8, 2017|Soconvivium|

Waiting women

There are the Canadian women whose waiting doesn’t matter. And then there are the Canadian women whose waiting is especially terrible and reported on at regular intervals.The Canadian Press reported on August 15 that a 29-year-old whose birth control failed got the abortion she wanted. Except it wasn’t quite fast enough. She waited too long for her abortion, she says. She waited [...]

2017-09-04T22:24:28-06:00September 4, 2017|Announcements, Web Exclusives|

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 [...]

2017-05-02T07:51:33-06:00May 1, 2017|Soconvivium|
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