The North American High Tory Tradition (2016) – A Review

br2992916But, you might ask, “Why write a book about High Toryism? In a time when liberalism and American republicanism so permeate every inch and corner of life, surely the concept and notion of High Toryism is fading away – is passé?” Such questions only serve to highlight the urgency of Dart’s task. He has recognized, only too clearly, that if we allow the “Moloch” of liberalism to remain unchecked and unquestioned, we will lose an important part of ourselves as Canadians at cultural, political and spiritual levels. Professor Dart has stated the matter succinctly: “In one sense there is a counter to cultural amnesia in my work. I’m putting the historical pieces of the drama back together again.” This statement highlights, in a graphic way, the importance of Dart’s latest book within the cannon of Canadian political thought. Continue reading

George Grant and Red Toryism

rts21015“… One is the question of how the word ‘Red Tory’ can be used. Now, some in England have tried to reappropriate it to refer to something like David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’, not so much big business or big government, but more the organic community driven control of technology. Now, Ron Dart, who is probably the leading scholar on Red Toryism in Canada, thinks that is an illegitimate use of ‘Red Toryism’. But, if it is a valid use of the term, perhaps it can be used to describe something like what Pope Francis has been calling for which is an economy governed not so much by big business or big corporations but by cooperatives.” Continue reading

George Grant: The North American C. S. Lewis

GL7022So where does liberalism actually lean, when fleshed out or unfolded? So we have these principles we are enfolded in, what do they look like ethically, theologically, ecclesiologically, when they unfold? So, just as you plant a sunflower seed you get a sunflower plant, an acorn becomes an oak tree, ideas have consequences, as Weaver said. And so, Grant was very concerned, as was Lewis, with the realm of ideas, because he knew that in the realm of ideas there were consequences, in terms of people’s understanding of identity, of purpose, of communities, of education, of culture, and of all these things. Continue reading

T.S. Eliot And C.S. Lewis: Discord And Concord

It is virtually impossible to live in the 20th century Western Tradition without being exposed to T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) and C.S. Lewis (1898-1963). Both men, for different reasons, were main actors and intellectuals on the stage of the early decades of the 20th century. Eliot and Lewis rise, like towering Alpine peaks, far above the lesser mountains that surround them. Books abound aplenty about them, and libraries are packed with their literary contributions and many publications. Continue reading