Why authoritarian populists are destined to fail

A review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Why authoritarian populists are destined to failMy son gave me Steven Pinker’s book Enlightenment Now: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress after he had heard him speak on a podcast about his 10th bestseller in 53 years of life as a public intellectual and Harvard professor of cognitive psychology. The gift is part of an ongoing effort to expand…

The double standards of social justice ideology

Allocating and denying benefits on the basis of race undermines the integrity and the autonomy of individuals

The double standards of social justice ideologyWhat would the death of six million people look like in the Canadian population? A loss of that number would be equivalent to the annihilation of every person in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London and Halifax. Or the death of every person in British Columbia and Manitoba. For Canadians, such numbers are impossible to imagine.…

When diversity and inclusion result in reverse racism

Let's face it: Universities are no longer educational institutions but political organizations engaged in social engineering

When diversity and inclusion result in reverse racism“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr. History is replete with people being treated according to their category: Muslims enslaved and executed…

White privilege or simply elite posturing?

Creating a society in which everything is viewed in terms of race will divide our nation and breed resentment

White privilege or simply elite posturing?Parents in the interior of British Columbia were shocked recently when their children came home from school with news of a new social awareness campaign: posters put up throughout School District 74 featuring administrators commenting on racism. In one of the posters, district superintendent Teresa Downs (who appears to be a white woman) is shown…

Embracing minorities shouldn’t lead to penalizing the majority

The protection of minorities does not include minority rule or the raising of minority interests above those of the majority

Embracing minorities shouldn’t lead to penalizing the majorityIn today’s colleges and universities, ‘progressive stacking’ is recommended to deal with diversity among students. The professor sorts out students according to categories, using criteria of suffering and victimhood. In this social justice vision, black and Indigenous women are the most oppressed, then white women, then black and Indigenous men, then finally the privileged white…

Why Canada’s multiculturalism dream defies logic

A society can’t be at the same time egalitarian and hierarchical, decentralized and centralized, kin-oriented and law-oriented, secular and religious

Why Canada’s multiculturalism dream defies logicLike disciplined anarchy, monogamy with multiple spouses and promiscuous chastity, multiculturalism is an incoherent and self-contradictory idea. So is Canada’s multiculturalism in a bilingual society. Culture is the way of life of a people. In the 19th and 20th century, culture was the central concept of anthropology, a tool to guide the study and understanding of peoples…

Let me up, I’ve had enough … of rampant rudeness

Beside being tired of people playing the race card and gender inequality protests, I’m sick of people taking sides in an argument where they lack the basic facts

Let me up, I’ve had enough … of rampant rudenessI’ve had it! It is not like me to rant and rave, but honestly, our ability to behave in civil ways is on the decline. It may even be so far down the priority list that it may never truly return. I’m sick of people taking sides in an argument when they lack the basic…

Systemic racism or a protected, impartial process?

The Gerald Stanley-Colten Boushie case has touched off a firestorm that reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how our legal system works

Systemic racism or a protected, impartial process?Reaction to the Gerald Stanley-Colten Boushie verdict continues to roil in Canada’s legal system. The latest stir of the pot comes from the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers. The council sent a tart reproach this week to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould for their responses to the acquittal of Stanley,…

Indigenous middle class key to closing tragic cultural chasm

The large and growing Indigenous middle class has shown us the way, by successfully integrating without any loss of their Indigenous culture and identity

Indigenous middle class key to closing tragic cultural chasmThe Great Divide creates the rugged border between Alberta and British Columbia. However, Canada has another great divide: the trial of Gerald Stanley for the killing of Colten Boushie. It brought into sharp focus the huge chasm in this country between mainstream Canadians and Indigenous people. It’s not necessary to recite the facts of the…

Stepping beyond stereotypes to right wrongs

The key is to focus on acceptable and unacceptable actions, not the ethnicity or gender of the actor

Stepping beyond stereotypes to right wrongsPsychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said, “There are two races of men in the world, but only these two – the ‘race’ of decent men and the ‘race’ of indecent men. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society.” This is a powerful conclusion from a man who witnessed the very…
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