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  • National Post Douglas Murray is a writer who says what the rest of us would like to Tuesday November 19th, 2019
    London-based public intellectual Douglas Murray is in Montreal this week to promote his new book. I was afforded the luxury of a rambling conversation over coffee with him about The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity.A “clubbable conservative,” as one reviewer accurately describes him, Murray hit his intellectual stride early, publishing his first book at 18, which attr...
  • National Post The writer who says what the rest of us would like to Tuesday November 19th, 2019
    London-based public intellectual Douglas Murray is in Montreal this week to promote his new book. I was afforded the luxury of a rambling conversation over coffee with him about The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity.A “clubbable conservative,” as one reviewer accurately describes him, Murray hit his intellectual stride early, publishing his first book at 18, which attr...
  • National Post Free speech in Canada: It was bad five years ago. Do you think it’s gotten better since? Wednesday November 13th, 2019
    Is free speech under attack, on Canadian campuses and in society at large? The National Post has a new documentary exploring this very issue. In the coming weeks, a series of essays in these pages will explore that same issue. Today, Barbara Kay examines “cancel culture” on Canadian campuses. To view the documentary, please go to NationalPost.com/freespeech.What is behind cancel culture on c...
  • National Post Supplanting literary classics with native literature is a disservice to students Tuesday November 5th, 2019
    Some years ago, the late, great writer George Jonas asked me about my intellectual influences. Who did I remember as especially formative? Oh, George Orwell, of course. I read Animal Farm in my mid-teens, 1984 a little later, and most of his other writings over the course of my salad years. It would be hard to overstate his effect on my understanding of concepts like “freedom,” &...
  • National Post Dems need to go beyond Twitter if they don’t want four more years of ‘crazy’ Tuesday October 29th, 2019
    Bill Maher was at the top of his game the other night, delivering a trenchant riff premised on advice to candidates for the Democratic nomination. “This should be easy,” he said. “Just be less crazy than Donald Trump.”To waves of laughter, Maher mocked the prominence of marginal issues in candidate platforms, such as giving prisoners the right to vote (Bernie Sanders)...
  • National Post How feminist Meghan Murphy fell victim to progressives’ double standards Thursday October 24th, 2019
    If Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen were with us today, he might consider radical feminist Meghan Murphy, who holds dissident views on transgenderism, a fitting dramatic protagonist. For to any objective spectator of our call-out culture, Murphy carries the aura of a designated “enemy of the people.”A great hue and cry surrounds Murphy’s participation as a panel member dis...
  • National Post Stop the conspiracy theories about Canadian Catholics in government Tuesday October 15th, 2019
    Pundits Michael Coren of Ontario and Richard Martineau of Quebec don’t normally coincide polemically. But they have lately converged on one issue.Both have elected to gin up fears that Andrew Scheer’s campaign promise not to introduce an abortion law might, in the (unlikely) event of a CPC majority, yield to his fervent pro-life convictions. And both have justified their scaremon...
  • National Post If you can only love a pit bull, you’re not a dog lover Thursday October 10th, 2019
    The Toronto Star reports that the Ford government is “considering all options,” including repeal, regarding Ontario’s 2005 Dog Owners’ Liability Act and breed specific legislation, commonly understood as the pit bull ban. This dismays, but does not surprise me. Dangerous-dog legislation comes hard, and repeal often comes easy.Repeal comes easy, paradoxically, because breed specif...
  • National Post Prince Harry needs to keep calm and carry on Tuesday October 1st, 2019
    In conversation with a student at a multi-faith reception during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 10-day South Africa tour, Prince Harry reportedly confessed to being so “overwhelmed” by the world’s problems that he sometimes struggles to get out of bed in the morning. He is particularly afflicted by eco-anxiety.Harry’s climate-change alarm is honestly come by f...
  • National Post Concordia’s Liberal Arts College finds it’s not immune to cancel culture Wednesday September 25th, 2019
    Liberal Arts College is a tiny college housed in an old greystone nestled within Montreal’s bustling downtown Concordia University campus. I’ve praised LAC in the past as an alternative for students seeking a traditional education in the humanities, featuring what used to be a standard core curriculum in the Western canon. The program offers a journey through the Great Books, beg...
  • National Post What are dogs for? To be waited upon by their humans, of course Tuesday September 10th, 2019
    It startled me to learn last week that Christie Blatchford’s beloved English bull terrier, Obie, had died at a ripe old age. Seems but a few years ago she informed readers of his acquisition as a pup.Christie says Obie was “my one,” made for her, as she was for him. It’s tough to lose a cherished companion but, given our hugely disparate life spans, dog lovers must ac...
  • National Post Muffling a lawyer’s book that looked at the entitlements of Indigenous peoples Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
    Last February the Sudbury, Ont., branch of Chapters abruptly cancelled an upcoming book-signing event. A clue to its decision may be found in the politically incorrect title of the book in question, by area lawyer Peter Best: There Is No Difference: An Argument for the Abolition of the Indian Reserve System and Special Race-based Laws and Entitlements for Canada’s Indians.Best is one o...
  • National Post 160 years into Darwinism, there's one mystery we still can't explain Tuesday August 27th, 2019
    Back when the world was young, I was taught that four visionaries’ theories shaped modernity: Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. Of them, only Einstein’s could be subjected to scientific scrutiny. The rest remained hypotheses, resistant to such standard scientific tests as falsifiability, replicability and predictability, but so beautiful in their comprehe...
  • National Post Loneliness is a human catastrophe – and it’s getting worse Tuesday August 6th, 2019
    Heat waves kill. But selectively. If you’re relatively young, healthy and have access to a lake or air conditioning, heat is at worst an irritant. Immobile urban seniors living alone without air conditioning are at risk.In August of 2003, a dreadful heat wave washed across Europe. Some 35,000 people died; most of them fit the above profile. A disproportion of the deaths — 14,000 ...
  • National Post Queen's Park memorial to the genocide of the Yezidi deserves your support Tuesday July 30th, 2019
    A sombre anniversary approaches. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL jihadists invaded the ancient city of Sinjar, the heartland of the Yezidi people. They forcibly converted, shot, beheaded or burned alive 10,000 men and boys, taking 7,000 women and girls captive, to be used as sex slaves. Holy sites were desecrated. The Kurdish forces that had pledged to defend them retreated en masse in the face of the on...
  • National Post Pot’s legal. But we may come to regret that Tuesday July 23rd, 2019
    Some years ago, in conversation with his wife, a forensic psychiatrist specializing in mentally ill criminals, former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson observed that the perpetrator of a recent violent crime had been high at the time, and had smoked pot regularly all his life. Her response — “Yeah, they all do” — jolted him. The result was his book, Tell Your Childre...
  • National Post My brother-in-law made people feel safe. What greater gift? Tuesday July 16th, 2019
    A curiosity of our culture is that the word “in-law” tends to trigger associations with people you’d rather not have in your life. Mothers-in-law come in for particular abuse, but the word “brother-in-law” also features in innumerable cartoons and jokes, with the common theme of brothers-in-law as the epitome of bumbling incompetence. This always seemed a bit odd to me. My cherished brother-...
  • National Post Let’s have some truth about the situation in Gaza Tuesday July 9th, 2019
    In late June, the Globe and Mail published a front-page feature article by former Mideast bureau chief Mark MacKinnon concerning the depressed situation of Palestinians and Gazans under Israeli rule. It was extremely one-sided. Israel was portrayed as the source of all woes. The article was accompanied by seven photos illuminating Palestinians’ poor health conditions, lack of city infr...
  • National Post Antifa needs to be called out for what it is — a movement of violent totalitarian thugs Tuesday July 2nd, 2019
    The “entartistes” of the 1990s were a group of Quebec-based mischief-makers who threw cream pies in the faces of political and corporate elites. Amongst their victims: Jacques Parizeau, Stéphane Dion, Jean Chrétien, and BMO head Matthew Barrett. Their motto was “You work for us. You can’t be too big for your britches or you’ll get a pie in the face...
  • National Post When gender identity education and theory goes wrong Tuesday June 25th, 2019
    In his recent commentary in these pages on the risks associated with the teaching of gender theories to elementary schoolchildren, Jordan Peterson referenced a column I wrote in another publication. The column concerned a human rights complaint, filed by Pamela and Jason Buffone on behalf of their daughter, “N,” against the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for discrimination...
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