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

‘How to be A Conservative’, for the American Audience

htbac104Review of Roger Scruton’s How to Be a Conservative:

Scruton starts with the empirical defense of conservatism, addressed to audiences within what has been called the Anglosphere. Conservatism, Scruton writes, is a natural human impulse, perhaps the first impulse: to preserve the good things of one’s society. Conservatism starts from the “sentiment that all mature people can readily share: the sentiment that good things are easily destroyed but not easily created. Continue reading

Conservatism and Fascism: The South’s Response

caf104The South perceived intuitively that the new radicalisms of Europe represent a final assault upon society as that term has been understood in Western civilization. Society implies a structure; it consists of centers of authority, degrees of power and prestige, and an inevitable system of ranking even where representative government is in effect. But the tendency of the nihilist revolutions in Europe is toward the destruction of this and the substitution of the formless mass manipulated by a group of Machiavellians. 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

The Politics of T. S. Eliot

tse20116T.S. Eliot is not a political poet; but he was a traditionalist and a moralist, and his artistic integrity led him to postulate an organic society with a religious basis. A conservative? Maybe. A High Tory? Certainly. T.S. Eliot is not a political poet in the accepted sense of the term. When we think of political poetry we do not think of the Wasteland, or the Four Quartets, or even of Coriolan: there are political points in all these works but they are not political poems. 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

Southern Civilization – Review of ‘Our Southern Nation’

sc20116Seen in hindsight, the supreme irony of the history of Western civilization is that the antebellum South, although being geographically far away from continental Europe, had been far more successful in preserving the ancient European code of honor and the sense of the tragic than Europe itself. Much of what many European conservatives or traditionalists like to hearken back to had already been violently removed in Europe by liberal and communist revolutions that had swept over Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ironically, traditional European mores survived in a much better shape in what was once the antebellum South. Continue reading