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  • National Post The Canadian Forces’ failed recruitment policy Tuesday February 18th, 2020
    In 1997, when women comprised 14 per cent of the Canadian Forces, Gen. Maurice Baril argued that a robust recruitment campaign was all that was necessary to boost female membership to 28 per cent by 2009, when, he predicted, women would comprise a full 25 per cent of front-line infantry troops, up from 0.6 per cent at the time.Since there wasn’t a shred of evidence from Canada or anywh...
  • National Post Christie reached readers’ hearts, minds and guts. That’s why they loved her Wednesday February 12th, 2020
    When you write regularly for a newspaper, people assume you know your colleagues personally. Christie Blatchford’s fans would ask me, “What’s she like in person?” I had to explain that I hardly knew her at all. She was in Toronto, I live in Montreal, most writers work in solitude — I certainly do — and so our paths crossed only twice.The first time it was ...
  • National Post Jordan Peterson and the deadly overprescription of benzos Tuesday February 11th, 2020
    In a 2018 CBC interview, Wendy Mesley asked Jordan Peterson, then at the zenith of his celebrity, what he thought lay ahead for him. Peterson responded with his typical gloomy realism: “I don’t know what’s next, really.… The overwhelming likelihood, as far as I’m concerned, and it’s been this way since September of 2016, is that this will go terribly wron...
  • National Post The reframing of African-American history Tuesday February 4th, 2020
    The National Association of Scholars (NAS), an American non-profit whose mandate is to “uphold the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom” by advocating for the academic freedom of students and scholars, has inaugurated the 1620 Project, which will commemorate the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colon...
  • National Post Even secular Quebec needs to water its cultural roots Wednesday January 29th, 2020
    On April 15 last year, a fire broke out in Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Thousands of Parisians turned out to watch the threatening flames in stunned sorrow. Most onlookers were not religious, for France is a fiercely secular nation. But their anguished expressions told us they saw more than the possible loss of a beautiful old building. Notre Dame represents a huge chunk of France&rsq...
  • National Post Will 2020 will be the year of reason in the cancel-culture wars? Thursday January 23rd, 2020
    In the hard news business, it is well understood that “if it bleeds, it leads.” In cultural news, the same principle applies. Not a day goes by that we don’t see a story of a panel discussion in jeopardy or cancelled, a controversial film withdrawn, or an academic on the “incorrect” side of a cultural debate de-platformed. One could be forgiven for assuming that cancel culture reigns supreme...
  • National Post Why won’t the Liberal government make its Gender Based Analysis public? Thursday January 16th, 2020
    Our prime minister is a proud feminist, a zealous champion in the protection of women’s rights. With that objective in mind, Justin Trudeau decreed early in his tenure that all new policies by his government would thenceforth include a Gender Based Analysis (GBA) to assess their impact on women.Bill C-16, informally known as the “Transgender Rights Bill,” was proposed in th...
  • National Post According to data, it’s the males of our society who are in crisis Wednesday January 8th, 2020
    In her 1998 address to a First Ladies Conference in El Salvador, Hillary Clinton observed: “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat. … Women are often left with the responsibility, alone, of raising the children.”If pressed, Hillary might have admitted that it is preferable to suffer bereavement than...
  • National Post The shocking ‘obedience’ experiment that shook the world Thursday January 2nd, 2020
    Herb Winer, who was my fellow synagogue congregant, friend and mentor in my middle years, died a few weeks ago in New Haven, Conn., at the ripe old age of 98.In a 2000 Granta Magazine article in which he featured, writer (and psychoanalyst) Ian Parker correctly described Herb as a “likeable, deadpan, Jack Lemmony sort of man.” Herb’s dry wit, gentle demeanour and high intel...
  • National Post Netflix’s ‘Marriage Story’ a grim look at men during divorce Thursday December 19th, 2019
    The new film Marriage Story is creating buzz, mostly positive. I caught it on Netflix the other night. It bothered me. Be warned, spoilers ahead.Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) are actors. Nicole has put her Hollywood career on hold to support Charlie in his ambitions as a playwright-director in New York, as well as to provide stability for their little boy, Henry. It i...
  • National Post A victory lap for democracy after Jeremy Corbyn’s humiliating defeat Friday December 13th, 2019
    Boris Johnson’s Conservatives racked up a stunning victory in the U.K. elections, with numbers so decisive – 368 of 650 seats – we will hear no more rumblings about a “second referendum” on Brexit. You can love Boris or hate him, or struggle with mixed feelings (as I confess I do), but he now has a mandate to get Brexit done.But I have no mixed feelings about th...
  • National Post May Corbyn end up where he belongs — in the dustbin of history Tuesday December 10th, 2019
    Just a few days before the U.K. election, Boris Johnson’s poll numbers are thankfully stabilizing at a 10-point lead. The word “thankfully” has nothing to do with my opinion on Johnson or Brexit, everything to do with revulsion for Jeremy Corbyn, a politician with a Jewish problem so entrenched that he couldn’t bring himself, when asked (thrice) on national television...
  • National Post Exploring why some societies thrive after trauma while others suffer Tuesday December 3rd, 2019
    We all know when we have been victimized as individuals, and so do witnesses. The pain may or may not heal; the injustice may or may not be redressed. It gets murkier when groups claim permanent victimhood arising from pain and injustice inflicted in the past on dead victims by dead victimizers.An obsession with past victimhood can prevent a focus on the present at the expense of the future....
  • National Post Liberal democracy is struggling. Can conservative democracy thrive? Wednesday November 27th, 2019
    The historian Arnold Toynbee warned that “civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” He said they begin to disintegrate when they abandon moral law and yield to their impulses, which in turn brings about a state of passivity, a sense that there is no point in resisting incoming waves of foreigners driven by confidence and purpose.Since Toynbee, other writers, notably James B...
  • 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 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...
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