Keeping The Flame: The Telos of Canada

nde7122016The nationalist in Canada has always played a unique role in the battles of political thought and geopolitics. His opposite and opponent is the liberal internationalist. Canada’s defenders opposed the proposition nation, along with the atomizing individualism and chaotic divisions in sovereignty it promoted. They believed that society must be well-ordered and governed, and that human nature was particular and rooted. But in the very fact that Canada was established as a defence of British and French America against liberalism, it was imbued with a mission: to build North America as it ought to be, conscious of its roots and its inheritance. Continue reading

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

Grant Society on The North American High Tory Tradition

ggs2992016Review: The North American High Tory Tradition (2016), September 26, 2016. By Daniel Velarde

What can the Tory tradition mean for us today, in the age of multinationals and American hegemony, and half a century after we were taught “the impossibility of Canada in the modern age?” What would a 21st-century Tory philosophy look like, and what would be its historically new role or vocation? “Love,” it was written, “is inseparable from memory, which seeks to preserve what must pass away,” and it is to memory that Ron Dart turns in The North American High Tory Tradition Continue reading

Neo-Reaction on North American High Toryism

bck16192016Likewise, the growth of the global liberal anti-order has come from America, a child of the English civilization. If broader Western civilization can hope to achieve its Restoration without dividing against itself, then it is to the heart of America itself that the Restoration must reach. And for this it is necessary that we remember the Anglo-Tory faith. If a Restoration in the Anglosphere is possible, then it will be by tapping into currents of thought which preserved and guided us before the rise and reign of liberalism. Continue reading

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

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

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

Introduction to the Thought of George Parkin Grant

rt200116bA better term to describe Grant would be “Red Tory” or “Radical Tory”. However, one must be careful to include the reflective component in it, as many unreflective Progressive Conservative party hacks in Canada, who simply wanted to adopt a left-liberal program to gain votes, have also been called “Red Tories”. Another term which could be applied to Grant is “High Tory”, the word “high” connoting both the sense of the philosophical and the religious. Continue reading

George Grant and Robert Crouse: Prophetic Tories

GC20116There can be little doubt that George Grant (1918-1988) and Robert Crouse (1930-2011), for different reasons, were two of the most significant Canadian Anglican intellectuals of the latter half of 20th and first decade of the 21st century. Grant was a public intellectual in a way Crouse never was, but Crouse had a depth to him (in his many probes into the Patristic-Medieval ethos) that Grant did not. Grant challenged the ideological nature of liberal modernity at a philosophical and political level in a way Crouse never did, but Crouse, in a detailed and meticulous manner, articulated and enucleated the complex nature of the Patristic-Medieval vision in a way Grant did not. Continue reading