Reclaiming the bourgeoisie

  Not perfect, but good “In a fallen world the bourgeois life is not perfect. But it’s better than any available alternative.” So begins Deidre N. McCloskey in Bourgeois Virtues in her defence of the middle class—a class that the intelligentsia praised as it...

Climate-change orthodoxy

  The Paris Accord Oren Cass in a Manhattan Institute report exposed the utter vacuity of the Paris Climate Agreement: It is an accord made up of pieces of paper—one from each signatory country—stapled together to promise NOTHING. China said it would reach peak...

The Academy and Marx

You can’t make this stuff up. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a prestigious university named for two of America’s wealthiest capitalists, is having a year-long celebration in honour of Karl Marx’s 200th birthday—a university that charges US$70,000/year in...

How to be a conservative – Part 2

…inspired by my mentor, Roger Scruton (All quotes, unless otherwise attributed, are from How to be a Conservative by Roger Scruton.) In Part 2, I continue with Scruton’s advice on how we conservatives can fight the good fight to preserve and enhance the strength of...

How to be a conservative – Part 1

…inspired by my mentor, Roger Scruton (All quotes, unless otherwise attributed, are from How to be a Conservative by Roger Scruton.) “It is not unusual to be a conservative. But it is unusual to be an intellectual conservative.” With these opening words in How to be a...

The worst of times, the best of times

The worst of times I thought our generation had somehow allowed the rot of left-wing progressive thought to contaminate the Western world of liberal democracy. But the infection started long before that, originating from Marx and Engels in the mid-1800s and spreading...