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Is capitalism conservative?

  There is currently under way a major debate about the shape and future of conservatism in both Canada and America. Conservatives in both Canada and America today frequently energetically defend the capitalist economy. Conservatism and capitalism are often equated today. The historical record, it could be argued, suggests a radically different view. Conservatism -‑ in the precise, historical, classical sense -‑ [...]

2020-09-29T18:05:57-06:00September 7, 2020|Soconvivium|

Social conservatives and the Conservative Party of Canada

The Interim invited several pro-life leaders to comment on the state and role of social conservatism in the Conservative Party of Canada, in light of the recent CPC leadership campaign. I hope you will read each one. Place of socons is decisive question of this leadership campaign by Richard Decarie What movement conservatives are called to do by Russell E. Kuykendall By Virtue [...]

2020-07-21T09:29:53-06:00July 21, 2020|Soconvivium|

Virtue of who you are, vote pro-life

Vote only for pro-life candidates I think it’s time we label voters like me and many other “social conservatives.” I would like to substitute the word virtue as the term used to describe a certain political type, a social conservative (socon). In my case, and my circle of friends, it is a much more accurate descriptor. We are virtue voters. A man/woman [...]

Tory establishment does not seem to want pro-lifers

The CPC leadership race may not end well The Conservative leadership race reflects an internal struggle for the soul of the Conservative Party between two main groups: the Eastern Establishment (made up mostly of Red Tories) and the social conservatives grassroots of the party. While these two groups may share some similarities with respect to the need for fiscal responsibility, they deeply [...]

2020-07-20T19:34:46-06:00July 21, 2020|Conservatives, Election, Politics, Soconvivium|

Place of socons is decisive question of this leadership campaign

Best way to limit number of candidates is to require they be bilingual The Conservative Party of Canada 2017 leadership race revealed that having more than a dozen leadership candidates is politically ineffective. For the 2020 race, the party establishment set very demanding qualification criteria: garnering 3,000 signatures from current members and $300,000 in donations. The purpose of the signatures is laudable [...]

2020-07-20T19:35:24-06:00July 21, 2020|Conservatives, Election, Politics, Soconvivium|

Neither rump nor stinking albatross

Social conservatives are an unignorable part of Conservative Party Those awful social conservatives, how could they! They cost the Conservatives the election again! The “progressive” overtures the Conservatives had made on abortion and other issues near and dear to the hearts of woke culture were deemed insufficient offerings. The stinking albatross of the social conservatives had to be purged. With the rules [...]

2020-07-20T19:37:59-06:00July 21, 2020|Conservatives, Election, Politics, Soconvivium|

Candidates ignored euthanasia

Despite urgency of euthanasia, CPC front-runners do not address issue The Conservative leadership candidates have not focused closely on the issue of so-called Medical Aid in Dying, or MAiD (euthanasia), even though the government is debating the expansion of euthanasia through Bill C-7. The two supposed front-runners, Peter MacKay and Erin O'Toole have not addressed the issue. Derek Sloan vowed to "Extend the official review [...]

2020-07-20T19:31:35-06:00July 21, 2020|Conservatives, Election, Euthanasia, Politics, Soconvivium|

Why I will rank half my ballot

The Interim recently published an online opinion piece from former MP Brad Trost, titled, “Why I will rank my full ballot” (as well as my Campaign Life Coalition blogpost on the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race). As Trost considers Campaign Life Coalition a friend, so we consider him a friend. As I alluded to in my blog about the CPC leadership [...]

2020-06-30T14:29:49-06:00June 30, 2020|Josie Luetke, Soconvivium|

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|
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