Putting a muzzle on those you disagree with

Mark Kingwell is vexed by the failure of democracy to silence the speech of those he disagrees with

Putting a muzzle on those you disagree withMark Kingwell is what is commonly called an intellectual social critic. He has an impressive list of advanced degrees and has published books on difficult topics such as baseball, cocktails and democracy. He’s paid by the taxpayers of Ontario to teach philosophy to their university-going young people. But a recent article in the Globe and…

‘Be not afraid.’ Why the words of John Paul II still resonate

No force on earth is more powerful than a movement that embraces the truths of personal empowerment, forgiveness, courage, acceptance and love

‘Be not afraid.’ Why the words of John Paul II still resonateThere are many dark pages in the history of the 20th century, notably the tens of millions of deaths cased by Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. Caught between the regimes of these cruel dictators was the Poland where Karol Wojtyla came of age. The leaders of Nazism and Soviet communism tried to convince people that they…

‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’

While it might be silly to argue the Berlin Wall came down because of Ronald Reagan, he demonstrated unusual prescience about the Soviet Union’s fragility

‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’The relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev has been described as “among the most remarkable forged by any two world leaders in modern history.” And one of its most famous public moments occurred just 30 years ago. Speaking in front of the infamous Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987, Reagan issued a challenge: “Mr.…

The failed fight against fascism

The bombing of Guernica was a flashpoint in the Spanish Civil War, which became a microcosm of worldwide political and ideological schisms for years to come

The failed fight against fascismOn April 26, 1937, German planes bombed the Basque town of Guernica, killing around 1,000 people. Undertaken as part of Germany’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War, the bombing was intended to cause terror. But as sometimes happens, there was a boomerang effect. For significant sections of western opinion, the brutality of what happened in Guernica…

China ready to test Trump’s resolve

Beijing has a long history of provoking incoming U.S. administrations to see how they will respond to aggressive Chinese actions

China ready to test Trump’s resolvePORTLAND, Ore. Dec. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Several recent events underscore China’s growing military strength in East Asia and how it might respond to the Trump administration’s plans to “reset” U.S.-China relations. On Dec. 14, satellite reconnaissance revealed that China had installed anti-aircraft guns on all seven of the artificial islands it has created…

Trudeau has every right to speak from the heart

You may not like Fidel Castro, or the prime minister's praise for him, but you have to admire Trudeau's willingness to say what he believes

Trudeau has every right to speak from the heartNEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ – If the worst Canadians have to worry about is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waxing eloquent about the late Fidel Castro, it’s safe to say things are pretty darn good in the Great White North. Upon learning of Castro’s death at age 90, Trudeau praised him as a “legendary revolutionary and…

Death of a tyrant

The best assessment of Castro came from his daughter Alina who, when told he was a dictator, replied: “Strictly speaking, Fidel is a tyrant”

Death of a tyrantTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - I never liked Fidel Castro. Not even a little bit. Part of my aversion had to do with a general antipathy towards 20th century dictators, especially charismatic ones. They were, after all, the most dangerous. Intelligent people who waxed apoplectic over the alleged authoritarian tendencies of Stephen…

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pas

No matter who wrote the statement, the prime minister’s name is on it, effectively ending his political honeymoon

Justin Trudeau’s unforgettable Fidel faux pasTORONTO, Ont. Nov. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - There’s been much speculation as to what it would take for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s extended political honeymoon to end. The answer, it turns out, is a recently deceased Marxist-Leninist revolutionary. The PM’s official statement about Fidel Castro, the 90-year-old former president of Cuba who died on Nov.…

Why would we enter into trade deals with China?

China routinely spies on our businesses, hacks our government servers, sells us shoddy merchandise and has a deplorable human rights record

Why would we enter into trade deals with China?RED DEER, Alta. Sept. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Why are we tripping over ourselves to do business with these guys? Set aside for a moment concerns over China's record on human rights, its arbitrary application of its laws or its disregard for the laws of other nations. It's a tough world and we trade with nations…

The NDP takes a dangerous Leap to the left

The romance of the Leap Manifesto fails in the face of reality: hard-line socialism defies democracy

The NDP takes a dangerous Leap to the leftEDMONTON, Alta. April 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Alberta Premier Rachael Notley was “disappointed” when the recent federal NDP convention in Edmonton adopted the Leap Manifesto as a guide to party policy. She should not be alone. The Leap’s anti-hydrocarbon agenda was adopted despite being branded by Notley’s environment minister as a betrayal of the people…