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 […]

Comparing the Canadian and the American Right: Mark Wegierski looks at some of the differences and similarities in society, politics, and culture

Canada today, despite its great over-all wealth, is a society of contrasts. While the problem of Quebec separatism which was so central in Canadian history since the 1960s may appear to be fading a little, there are many new challenges arising. While Canada is still, to a large extent, a more pleasant place to live than the United States (especially when one compares life in the two countries’ large cities), there are many issues looming on the horizon which can prove severe challenges to a […]

Wegierski: Community and Identity in Late Modernity

This long essay will be looking at the problem of community, as well as of the related theoretical conflict of the particular vs. the universal, as it relates to human social/societal relations in the contemporary period, and especially in regard to current and historical European and Western self-identifications. The rise of possible new social identities in the post-1960s context of the new social movements, and of ever-intensifying, consumptionist, consumerist milieux, especially in North America and Western Europe, will also be examined. One remembers that the […]

Wegierski: Social alternatives through eclectic media

Looking back forty-five years at a 1976 game about U.S. civil conflict – exploring social alternatives through eclectic media: Mark Wegierski looks at Minuteman: The Second American Revolution Minuteman: The Second American Revolution is a conflict simulation or board wargame of relatively moderate complexity, published by Simulations Publications Incorporated (SPI), then the premiere company in the field, in 1976 (the U.S. Bicentennial Year). The legendary James F. Dunnigan (Jim Dunnigan), one of the main founders of SPI, was the main designer. It is today a […]

Wegierski: Jordan B. Peterson

At the University of Toronto, one man has shown us just how uphill the climb is against political correctness, and what sort of reaction we may expect if we fight it. He may also have shown us how to win. In September 2016, in a series of lectures uploaded to YouTube, Jordan B. Peterson, an accomplished professor of psychology, marked his resistance to the use of various new gender pronouns, shibboleths of the transgender craze sweeping academic campuses and society as a whole. Two months […]

Wegierski: The Polish-Canadian community in decline

Although, according to the statistics of the 2016 Canada Census, there are over a million persons of Polish descent in Canada, that group has a comparatively minor impact on Canadian society, politics, and culture, especially today. Canadian Polonia (the Polish-Canadian community) seems to have a perennial misapprehension of what constitutes “objective” cultural influence and power in today’s Canada. Indeed, some representatives of Canadian Polonia have a rather curious definition of what „culture” and „cultural activities” actually consist of. The Polish community in Canada seems to […]