Book Launch: The North American High Tory Tradition

ggs1782016George Grant (1918–1988), the most influential Tory intellectual of the 20th century, warned in “Lament for a Nation” of the collision course for the two different ‘North Americas’ embodied in the Dominion of the North and the Republic to its South. Is the disappearance of the Tory alternative an inevitable fate to our future as ‘North Americans’? In The North American High Tory Tradition, Ron Dart shines light upon the classical lineage, deep wisdom and enduring nature of the High Tory tradition as it has been planted and grown in the soil of North America, and in doing so reveals how Canada may serve as a north star to lead North Americans to a different destiny than that planned for them by the American revolutionaries of 1776. Continue reading

Barry Spurr on T. S. Eliot and Renewal of the West

Ax140903.jpgIn his most sweeping survey of the rise and fall of civilisations, in The Waste Land, Eliot interprets the decline of the West in the twentieth century in terms of a cyclic sequence of cultural development and concentration, and then decline and destruction, dating from antiquity to modernity … This fragmentation of a civilisation required new voices and modes of expression in literature (as in the other arts) to give embodiment to the new world that was so brutally coming into being. Continue reading

Why Liberalism and Socialism are Twin Evils

glf1272016Place your country in the hands of bankers and merchants (plutocrats) and those only concerned with putting you on a treadmill for profits will rip the soul out of you and your people. (Just as we’ve always had the poor with us, we have always had capitalism too and this has been an engine of progress in many respects; but now we have vulgar, ruthless ungentlemanly capitalism.) In this respect Marx has a point, but communism, like liberalism, is not the answer. The old ways were balanced, socially and politically, and were the best. Continue reading

The Reversal of Liberalism and Southern Religion

lptj2472016Thomas Jefferson was part of a “transient phase” among “certain Southern educational centers and among elements of the Southern upper class” who were influenced by the French Revolution and came to embrace “much religious skepticism.” This skepticism was “confined while it lasted to small cultivated groups, and it disappeared so completely in the antebellum years that it can be properly ignored in any account of the molding of the Confederate South.” Continue reading

History, Blood and a Revived Anglosphere

afi872016Blood, history, culture: all these hallmarks of a nation’s conservatism were sacrificed at the altar of David Cameron’s One Europe liberalism. Now Britain is bidding goodbye, adieu, auf wiedersehen, and vaarwel to the European Union and David Cameron … So, if Britain can forgive America her slights, and if Australia can forgive Britain hers … A return to the Anglosphere, for all of us, would mean a cultural and political independence only possible within the framework of true family bonds. Continue reading

A Look Back at George Grant on Remaining British

23june2016Today, however, there are in our midst certain English- and French-speaking citizens who decry the significance of our membership in the British Commonwealth. There are others, more numerous, who though praying lip service to the Commonwealth, belie their attachment to it in their activities or their apathy. It is necessary, therefore, that those Canadians who believe deeply in the value of the Commonwealth, for Canada and for the world, should reiterate their faith in it Continue reading

True Patriot Love: George Grant

cmsm2162016For George Grant, the conventional wisdom depends on an ignorance of history. Specifically, it disguises America’s revolutionary founding as an embodiment of Whig Liberalism and Canada’s slow and purposeful development as a confrontation of nations eventually united under a single royal power. However, it was the Republic and not the Crown which would become the overwhelming power on the North American continent. This is where the application of power analysis becomes relevant. George Grant tells the story of a Canada which has become increasingly absorbed by its neighbor in the economic, cultural, and political spheres … For Grant, who stands proudly in the Tory tradition and in opposition to the Liberal Republican one, this is a tragedy. Continue reading

Fraser on the Rise and Fall of Anglo-Saxons

RIR-160608_95711569Andrew Fraser, a Canadian-born professor and author of The WASP Question, recently appeared on the Swedish Red Ice Radio podcast to discuss his research on our shared ethnic origin and why British-descended people today from Dixie to Canada to Australia seem unable to take their own side and advocate for their ethnic and national interests like other peoples of the world. Continue reading

Canadian Identity and the Tory Legacy

2944965_origCanadian national identity consists of assertions that the nation’s culture comprises both British and French heritages in complex contradistinction to American republicanism. From Samuel De Champlain’s explorations to the Nova Scotia landing of the ship Hector, Canadian settlement became marked by these two legacies. With the 1763 defeat of Montcalm and Quebec’s resultant incorporation into a British Canada, both Upper and Lower Canada’s governments owed their loyalty to the British Monarch. In this allegiance, they were joined by the Eastern Seaboard’s Thirteen Colonies. However, the 1763 Stamp Act Crisis began a series of events that resulted in Boston’s Battle of Bunker Hill and the 1776 American Declaration of Independence. At this point, the developing political thought of the Canadian provinces and the American rebelling colonies began to widely separate. Continue reading

The Dark Enlightenment and the Whig Narrative

hoe23416bBut, really, the [American] revolution – I was talking to someone today – where did it foment?, it fomented in Boston, and New England, that is where the Puritans started, in the South, not so much. This is really where we get the idea of egalitarianism and democracy. … it went through the whole period of the Puritanism and all that, by this point the whole God aspect was jettisoned, and religion, but a lot of the same qualities were there. Continue reading