Rereading Orwell

After rereading Animal Farm last fall, I was shaken by the eerie similarities between the Pigs and the current Left. Much as I dreaded it, I knew then I had to reread 1984 to confirm my feelings weren’t getting the better of my reason in seeing the Left’s agenda as a...

Continuing our journey through the looking glass

Covid-19 abets our post-truth era The days inch by, turning into weeks, turning into months. We social distance in our homes, and governments—federal, provincial & municipal—issue prohibitions backed up by the scientific advice du jour. Their advice changes by...

Un message de détresse de FRANCE

The novels I resisted reading The Elementary Particles when its translation came out at the start of our new millennium. Les particules élémentaires by Michel Houellebeqc was published in 1998 to excited reviews by the chattering classes, most praising, a few...

An empty chair at the cultural banquet

I came late to the table of Clive James’ banquet of cultural insights, reading a review of his Cultural Amnesia in the summer of 2019 and then feasting on the book in early fall. It is indeed laden with rich food for thought, beginning with “Anna Akhmatova”, who James...

A light went out in the conservative firmament

On January 12th, Roger Scruton died and a light went out in the conservative firmament—a light sorely needed in this era of oikophobia in the West. The enemy – the oikophobicks Scruton identified the enemy, the privileged peoples led by academia, and gave a name to...

Antisemitism rears its ugly head

The oldest hatred makes a comeback. Like ocean waves, antisemitism has troughs and crests, never completely dying. Antisemitism’s 100-foot wave crested in Hitler’s Nazi regime, and there was hope that the shock of the Holocaust would drain the swamp. But it didn’t....