In, ‘True Patriot Love: George Grant’, the first of a three part essay series, Mark Christensen reviews George Grant’s work Lament for a Nation, and consider its relevance for reactionary thought today:
‘Lament for a Nationis best known today as a repudiation of the common paradigm. For 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. The chief actors in this process were the Canadian economic and political elite themselves. For Grant, who stands proudly in the Tory tradition and in opposition to the Liberal Republican one, this is a tragedy – hence, his lamentation. His work was inspired as a furious reaction in the 1960s against what Grant saw as the stab in the back of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker–a defender of Canadian nationalism against American influence–by Canada’s business and political elite.’
Published on Social Matter, 21 June 2016.