Canada’s Future is Radical Decentralization

“We’ve only ever had one world order and it’s now going away,” the American geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan said recently. In the new world order that follows, Canada will be forced to decentralize. In the long-forgotten decade of the 1860s, the map of our current world order was just coming into view. The ink was still wet. Today’s hegemon had …

HISTORY Why French? Why not Nsyilxcen?

Language has been a divisive issue since the founding of Canada. While dormant for some time, the flammable tinder of a nasty debate has been lit once again by the federal government. In 1969, The Official Languages Act (1969) had ensconced English and French as the country’s two official languages. In 1977, the Government of Quebec implemented The Charter of the French Language …

It’s Time for the Draft, with a Twist

“‘They say the great equalizer is death, but bootcamp is a close second.’” Americans have been thinking a lot about divorce lately—from each other. There is only one solution left if America wishes to avoid such catastrophe. Let us admit first that separation—a topic which every American has been talking about in private but kept under wraps in public—was finally …

The Strange Effect of Internment Camps

To be truly Canadian, it helps to be her enemy, first. Take, for example, the experience of German and Japanese Canadians in wartime internment camps. Prior to the First World War, Germans had immigrated to Canada in large numbers, especially during the mid and late 1800s. They held high with immense pride their culture and traditions—Saengerfeste, Turnvereine, Oktoberfest. They built their …

My Experience Being Cancelled, Twice

“While many have suffered badly—and I do feel their anguish over being fired, falling into depression, or even committing suicide—I have to admit that it turned out rather nicely for me.”   By now most people have heard of—or know—someone who has been cancelled. This near right-of-passage hit me not so long ago, and it came with a solid dose …

A Glance into General Vance

The General has stepped down. After thirty-nine years of service Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defense Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, retired in January 2021. It appears incoming Admiral Art McDonald will have to right the ship. If one area of Vance’s performance can be praised—indeed it certainly should—it was his ability to never lose sight on the great …

Is the American Economy Significantly Different than Europeans Think?

“Do you realize how strange it is that professionals can move around Europe more freely than they can in the U.S.? And that overall, Alabama has more autonomy over its regulations than France does?”   Most Americans assume that despite social and political divisions currently eating at the heart of the country—with perhaps temporary reprieve under a new President—the United …

Interview with Ruud Koopmans: Understanding Muslim Immigration to Europe

“[Historically,] Islamic societies were actually more advanced, more liberal, and more tolerant than Western societies. So, there is nothing intrinsic to Islam that explains these problems.”   Every country that welcomes immigrants must ask fundamental questions about who will be allowed in and who will be excluded. Prior to the pandemic of 2020, global migration was greater than at any …

Why Trust Prevents Nations from Tearing Themselves Apart

“The last time a leading Danish politician was murdered was 1286. It’s not war with your foreign enemies [that matters]; it’s internally, in political stability.”   The backbone of a happy, healthy society is rooted in how much its citizens trust one another. If one place in the world could teach a few things about creating a peaceful society, it …

Reconciliation Includes Sharing Toys

As we drove up, I could already imagine the headline… Two Middle-Aged White Men Drive Onto Indian Reservation and Steal Mountain Bike in Broad Daylight. The truth is far more interesting. It started where there is a lake to the north. Ten kilometres to the south is a second lake. Between them, a river ties them together. But also divides …