Wegierski: Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism

Author’s Introduction (2023): I would like to present to the readers a text whose initial drafts go back to around October 1985. Among the aspects of the text I have decided to maintain are considerable polemical and combative elements, because trying to excise them would lose a lot of the flavor of the writing. The text was written from a feeling of deep alienation and loneliness, at a time when Canada was definitely NOT sharing in the spirit of what was then called “the Reagan/Thatcher […]

Traditionalist social philosophy – a sketch of an idea: Mark Wegierski offers his thoughts on a synthesis of traditionalist philosophy       

(The earliest drafts of this essay go back to the early 1980s.) This essay will endeavor to offer a short yet cogent definition of Western traditionalism (or conservatism). Surely, persons who are conservative-leaning should try to delineate and define what separates them from Communism, from Nazism and fascism, and from liberalism and left-liberalism, in all their myriad forms. A positive step would be to call all those persons who are traditionally-minded back to their first principles. Left-liberalism, liberalism, Communism, and Nazism can all be seen […]

Wegierski: “Inter-not” — Has a Canadian right-wing “blogosphere” had an impact on politics, society, and culture in Canada? – updated to 2023

Partially based on research done with Mike Krupa, M.A., for a paper accepted for the August 28-August 31 2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition (110th APSA Annual Meeting)(Politics after the Digital Revolution) (Washington, D.C.),  from which we had to withdraw because of unforeseen personal circumstances.   The emergence of the Internet, where social, political, and cultural commentary could supposedly be freer of so-called “gatekeepers”, is said to have introduced a greater and more genuine pluralism of outlooks to societies. Considering that […]

Wegierski, Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies

Author’s Foreword (2023) The following essay arose out of a presentation to a ginger group the author belonged to at the time, which took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 16, 1988. The starting point of the discussion was the theme “Tories vs. Whigs”. These were rather unhappy times for the author. Before the Internet, living as a conservative and traditionalist in a megapolitan metropolis like Toronto, one often almost felt (as Orwell had put it) that the only things that belonged to you […]

Wegierski: A brief history of conservative publications in Canada – updated to 2023

A survey of conservative publications in Canada tells a sorry tale of short-lived efforts lacking the ideological coherence and material support necessary to make a significant impact. Any group of conservative writers and thinkers needs to be aware of the struggles of those who have gone before and to learn, if possible, from their mistakes. One of the most well-known quotations by Conrad Black concerns his promise (or threat) to establish a publication in Canada which would be a “National Review North.” Although Lord Black […]

Wegierski: The Library and Modern Society

Author’s Foreword (2023): The author has decided to present here (with only very light retouching) an essay from over thirty-five years ago. The extent to which the essay still contains important insights may be quite striking. One need hardly add that the main notion voiced in the essay — of viewing the library as a “traditional institution” — has become ever more attenuated over the decades. This central idea of the essay, which arose out of the author’s own relatively happy experiences with “the-library-as-refuge” in […]

Wegierski: Computers and Society from the 1980s to Today

Author’s Preface to Computers and Society Report and Essay (2023) The author presents below his report and essay on computers and society as it was written in Spring 1986, with only very light retouching. Despite being written more than thirty-five years ago, the writing still holds – one might venture to say – a certain level of insight and freshness. It may be said, nevertheless, that one really big technological change between then and now is the coming of the Internet as a truly mass-medium. […]

Wegierski: Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism at the close of 2022

A conservative infrastructure is definitely lacking, says Mark Wegierski It must be said that Canadian conservatism has not made too many extensive and discernible advances in Canada, despite the winning of a majority government in the federal Parliament, by the Harper-led Conservative Party, in the federal election of May 2, 2011. The Conservatives ended up routed in the federal election of October 19, 2015. They had manifestly failed to create some kind of independent conservative infrastructures during the propitious time of their majority government. The […]

Wegierski: Some notes on higher education in Poland, based partially on some personal memories from twenty years ago

Mark Wegierski looks at post-secondary education in Poland, based partially on some personal experiences from twenty years ago. The number of students attending public and private universities and colleges in Poland has been reaching ever-higher levels with every year. There has been an incredible boom in private colleges since the 1990s. Also, there have been numerous State Higher Schools of Vocational Learning established. However, the ever-higher tuition costs for some studies (as well as the high costs of living in the major university towns), and […]

Wegierski: Alternative History

Mark Wegierski looks at the science fiction subgenre of uchronia or “counterfactual history” and its possible conservative/traditionalist aspects. Alternative history (popularly called “alternate history”) is sometimes termed “uchronia” or counterfactual history. It is important to remember that alternative history pertains to events that are in the past at the time when the narrative is being written. So, for example, the 1920s projections of Hugo Gernsback about the 1980s cannot be properly termed as being alternative history – even though his vision of the world of […]