Wegierski: New directions for conservative ideas in Canada

There are so many different societies on the planet today. The possibilities of traditionalism or conservatism vary greatly across all of them. Having lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for nearly his entire life, the author of this article is intimately familiar with Canadian history, politics, and culture, and can offer what he thinks is maximally possible for conservatism, in the Canadian context today. One should begin with an examination of the reasons for the Conservative failure in the Canadian federal election of September 20, 2021, […]

Wegierski: Examining the difficult situation for conservatives in Canada

The Canadian federal election of September 20, 2021, was another failure for the Conservative Party of Canada, despite Conservative leader Erin O’Toole’s attempted “move to the centre”. Now, the Conservative Party is consumed by a battle between pro- and anti- O’Toole factions. Looking back at history, the Conservative Party (called the Progressive Conservative party from 1942 to 2003) has largely failed to make an impact on Canadian society, politics, and culture, since the critical election loss of the staunch Tory John Diefenbaker to Liberal Lester […]

Wegierski: George Grant’s Children: Lament for Canadian Lives

Thoughtful conservatives in Canada face a dilemma. Already in 1965, in his famous book, Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism, Canadian traditionalist philosopher George Parkin Grant had pointed to the “impossibility of conservatism” in Canada. His writings have proved increasingly prophetic. Nevertheless, there are some thoughtful conservatives left in Canada, who could be called “George Grant’s children.” Their lives in Canada have been difficult – certainly at the psychological level – as they have been profoundly alienated from virtually every aspect of […]

Wegierski: Frank Herbert’s Dune and current-day reality

Mark Wegierski examines the sociopolitical implications of Frank Herbert’s masterwork. In 1985, left-wing science fiction author Judith Merril complained that most science fiction was permeated by a typology of “feudal values plus high-technology”. Actually, however, this is one of the most creative and interesting paradigms of science fiction. One should look at another, rather more serious example than George Lucas’ Star Wars films of a world of the type „feudal values plus high-technology” — Frank Herbert’s Dune (1965) (film by David Lynch in 1984). The […]

The Internet – help or hindrance to serious discourse?: Mark Wegierski sketches out some of the social, political, and cultural impacts of the Internet

Can the Internet challenge today’s informational and cultural monopoly? Can the Internet generate real resistance to current-day trends, or does it mainly just accentuate them? The Internet arose as a truly mass phenomenon in the mid-to-late 1990s. In more recent years, we have moved into the so-called Internet Two – characterized by (among others) Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google, Instagram, and smartphones. The Internet had arrived, however, after three to four decades of some of the most intense, unidirectional mass media and mass educational conditioning in […]

Wegierski: Fifty-five years of Star Trek – a cultural vector and Hollywood cash-cow

Star Trek, conceived by Gene Roddenberry, officially premiered on NBC on September 8, 1966, with the very psychologically appealing core of half-human/half-Vulcan science officer Spock (reason), Dr. McCoy (emotion), and Captain Kirk (the reconciler of the two). The earlier-produced pilot-episode, „The Cage” — with Captain Pike and a female first officer („Number One”) — had been considered as „too cerebral.” ST has grown into a worldwide media super-phenomenon, despite the cancellation of the original series (TOS or „classic Trek” or „Trek Classic” to current-day enthusiasts) […]

Wegierski: Czy w dzisiejszym świecie mogą istnieć literatury “intermedialne” – np. polsko-kanadyjska pisana głównie w języku angielskim?

Czy w dzisiejszym świecie masowej imigracji i globalizacji, mogą powstawać literatury “intermedialne” – np. literatura polsko-kanadyjska pisana głównie w jezyku angielskim, choć z duchem polskim? W efekcie imigracji do Kanady i procesów asymilacyjnych, większosc osób w drugich i dalszych pokoleniach nie znają języka polskiego perfekcyjnie, ale niektóre z nich podejmują w języku angielskim próby pisarskie, ktore jednak są niekiedy przeszyte tematami polskimi, bądź polsko-kanadyjskimi. (Prawdopodobnie okres literatury emigracyjnej pisanej prawie wyłącznie po polsku dobiega końca.) Zwłaszcza godnych uwagi są Apolonja M. Kojder (pamiętnik Marynia, Don’t […]

Wegierski [rec.] Marxism, Multiculturalism, and Free Speech. By Frank Ellis.  Washington, D.C.: Council for Social and Economic Studies, 2006.

This book is a brave sortie against political correctness. Mark Wegierski examines Marxism, Multiculturalism, and Free Speech, a critique of political correctness by Frank Ellis, whose own career was undermined by his dissent from its strictures. First of all, it has to be said the book has been published with a plain beige paper cover, a very utilitarian edition. Secondly, the publisher is one which is often considered controversial, in the setting of the U.S. capital. Nevertheless, one should try to suspend judgment as to […]

Wegierski: In search of true federalism in Canada — Old Canada, New Canada, and “Canada Three”

July 1 is Canada Day (originally called Dominion Day), the date of the founding of the current Canadian State in 1867. The celebration of Canada Day has been particularly fraught this year, after the discovery of 215 unmarked graves of children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, and 751 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. The worst possible interpretations have been made of these discoveries, and of the whole former Indian Residential School system. On June […]

Wegierski: The Emergence of Media: Humanity’s Endgame

This work of critical writing intends to look at the topic of media in contemporary society. This writing should be seen as the beginning of further attempts — building on the insights of figures as intellectually diverse as Marshall McLuhan and the lesser-known media theorist Harold A. Innis, Canadian philosopher George Parkin Grant, Noam Chomsky, and Camille Paglia — to extend towards a “unified field theory” of the relations between media and society. It could be argued that the effect on society of the emergence […]