Wegierski: Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State

Partially based on an English-language text that appeared in Polish translation under the title “Kanada – eksperyment wielokulturowosci.” (Canada: an experiment in multiculturalism) trans. Olaf Swolkien. Miedzynarodowy Przeglad Polityczny (International Political Review) (Warsaw, Poland: Fundacja Srodkowoeuropejska – The Foundation for Central European) no 5 (no 10) (December 2004-January 2005), pp. 221-231. Formally speaking, Canada is a federal constitutional monarchy of the British Commonwealth with a parliamentary, not congressional, system. The head of the federal government and the primary decision maker is the prime minister, the […]

Wegierski: Poland after 1989 and Canada after the “Trudeau Revolution”: Comparing the Emergence of “National Democracy” and Late-Modern “Liberal Democracy”

(An abbreviated version of this paper was posted in English on Telos Scope, the blog of Telos Press, October 26, 2017.) (The paper was read in English at the Telos in Moscow Conference. After the End of Revolution: Constitutional Order amid the Crisis of Democracy (Moscow, Russia: Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and National Research University Higher School of Economics), September 1-2, 2017.) This presentation compares two societies, which – although both claim to be “Western” as well as vibrant liberal democracies, are in many aspects quite […]

Ten years since the Dziekański tragedy

Mark Wegierski reflects on the incident from October 14, 2007. Ten years ago, on October 14, 2007, Robert Dziekanski, a forty-year-old Polish immigrant to Canada, met a tragic death at Vancouver Airport. Having arrived at the airport, he waited in the airport’s enclosed baggage area. His mother was in another part of the airport, and was erroneously told that he hadn’t arrived, and she then left the airport. After waiting for over ten hours, Robert understandably became angry, and started to make a ruckus. The […]

On the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of Canadian Confederation: The decline of the Tory tradition in Canada since the 1980s (Part III)

To paraphrase from T. S. Eliot – where, today, is “the British” that we have lost in “the Canadian”? – and where is “the Canadian” that we have lost in “the multicultural”? Gad Horowitz also has the courage to make a frank admission about socialist (11) Canadian nationalism: “Socialism is internationalist…If the United States were socialist, at this moment, we would be continentalists at this moment. If the possibilities of building a socialist society were brighter in the United States than in Canada, or as […]

Naczelny na gorąco na Twitterze o Marszu Niepodległości

Przedstawiamy Państwu wpisy na Twitterze z ostatnich dni naszego redaktora naczelnego. Niektóre wpisy były pisane w trakcie śledzenia Marszu 11 listopada, inne są komentarzami o jego następstwach. Media liberalne krytycznie o Marszu N, “niebezpieczne hasła”, “młodzi, złośliwi”; TVP Info gładko przedstawia narrację, że w ostateczności to marsz wpisujący się w kierunek PiS; TV Trwam podobnie jak Info, nieco bardziej religijnie. #depolityzacja — Michał Krupa (@MGKrupa) November 11, 2017 De-endekizacja Marszu Niepodległości bije mocno z przekazu medialnego. Misz masz patriotyczny, jest fajnie, żołnierze wyklęci, wspaniali młodzi […]

On the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of Canadian Confederation: The decline of the Tory tradition in Canada since the 1980s (Part II)

One should also mention John Gamble, who unfortunately became increasingly embittered at his treatment by the PC party in the 1980s, and eventually drifted into unqualified extremism. Brian Mulroney owed a huge political debt to Gamble for keeping the anti-Clark forces alive – thus contributing to Joe Clark’s weak showing in the leadership review and Mulroney’s subsequent win in the leadership convention of 1983. Despite the fact that Gamble was the PC party’s official candidate in the riding, the collusion of the PC and Liberal […]

On the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of Canadian Confederation: The decline of the Tory tradition in Canada since the 1980s (Part I)

The federal Progressive Conservative party of Brian Mulroney, although it won huge Parliamentary majorities in 1984 and 1988, was a very pale, thin shadow of what the Conservative Party had represented in Canada from Confederation in 1867, to 1896. Indeed, the Conservative Party had dominated Canada in the nineteenth century (1) almost as thoroughly as the Liberal Party would rule the country in the twentieth century. Brian Mulroney did not prove to be another John A. Macdonald. The federal PCs of the 1980s indeed in […]

“Poland should be at the forefront of what I might call the New Sovereigntism”. An interview with Michał Krupa, editor-in-chief of Konserwatyzm.pl

The below interview was conducted by Peter S. Rieth in June 2017 for the American website “The Imaginative Conservative”.  Peter S. Rieth: You hosted President Trump’s candidate for the US ambassador to the EU, Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, in Poland recently. Not long after, the Wall Street Journal and other papers reported he was never a candidate for US ambassador. What should we make of this? Michał Krupa: These are the same news papers which spent 2016 lying to the American people about Donald Trump, which have lied […]

Wegierski: Tradition in Fantasy and Science Fiction

It is argued that fantasy and science fiction are genres where traditionalist impulses can persist, in an increasingly desacralized, disenchanted, and “mundane” world. The four main points of focus for these impulses are mapped onto several subgenres of fantasy and science fiction. The author examines the four main foci for traditionalist impulses in these genres. Such a typology creates a helpful method for distinguishing between these various subgenres. High Fantasy The first point of focus consists of nostalgia for a “greener world” and is identified […]

“American politics has revolved around a debate between two forms of liberalism”. An interview with prof. Patrick Deneen

Michał Krupa: Do you believe, like many commentators, that the election of Donald Trump signifies a new era in American politics, which will shatter old identities and forge new alliances? Patrick Deneen: There can be no doubt that the election of Donald Trump signals a significant shift in the future course of Presidential politics, particularly a shake-up in the relatively stable party coalitions since the 1980s.  A populist uprising has shaken both the Right and the Left, and puts into play new potential for government activism […]