Are we seeing the destruction of democratic capitalism?

More than 100 years after H.G. Wells forecast big changes in the world order, the tide is turning

Are we seeing the destruction of democratic capitalism?Democratic capitalism is a remarkably empowering and wealth-generating structure. Although wealth is not a zero-sum game, power may well be. In his 2011 book The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now, Wayne Jett explores how certain elitists have actively sought to undermine the masses and usurp political and economic power for themselves. In H.G.…

Why all Canadians should be monarchists

Queen Elizabeth represents continuity with the past, including the best developments in Canadian history

Why all Canadians should be monarchistsWith the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation upon us, this is a useful opportunity to ponder the monarchy in Canada. Some will assert that the concept of royalty was long ago outmoded. Others oppose what Queen Elizabeth II represents – colonialism and the British Empire. It can also be argued that with an ever…

Musk has a real opportunity to change Twitter’s toxic culture

Making it less of a sewer and echo chamber

Musk has a real opportunity to change Twitter’s toxic cultureLast week’s Troy Media column asked: “Can Elon Musk’s bid for Twitter succeed?” We now have an answer: Yes, it can. On Monday afternoon, it was announced that Musk will buy Twitter for US$44 billion. Investors will receive US$54.20 for each share, which is 38 per cent higher than the publicly-traded company’s share value close…

Judicial activism riding roughshod over our rights and freedoms

It’s time Canadians stood up and opposed judicial interference

Judicial activism riding roughshod over our rights and freedomsTwo recent provincial court judgments concerning the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are deeply concerning. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve been around them most of my political life and had the good fortune of having several legal minds in my Newfoundland cabinet to advise me regularly. And going to the Supreme Court of Canada…

U of A Institute a source of hope, truth amid Ukraine invasion

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies a cultural and intellectual beacon for Canadian Ukrainians

U of A Institute a source of hope, truth amid Ukraine invasionDuring her interview with Folio, Natalia Khanenko-Friesen is simultaneously texting her father in Kyiv – urging him to find a landline before cellular networks are knocked out – while providing moral support to a colleague fleeing shelling in the city with a child. As the director of the University of Alberta’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Khanenko-Friesen is…

Our democracy is complacent and ineffectual

Canadian deterrence simply consists of heavy breathing from Trudeau

Our democracy is complacent and ineffectualThose who worry about hyperbolic accusations of an authoritarian government in Canada because of recent events need not worry. Wouldn’t an authoritarian government have been better able to direct police to prepare for the truckers’ convoy and related protests? They did, after all, have a month’s notice. Ottawa's ineffectiveness proves we don’t have totalitarian tendencies…

Trudeau has irreparably damaged our country

“Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest” – Justin Trudeau, in a reference to protests in India

Trudeau has irreparably damaged our countryAsked why he supported some protests but was determined to crush the trucker convoy, Justin Trudeau answered without hesitation: He supported – and even participated in – protests he agreed with, but he did not support – and vowed to crush – those with “unacceptable views,” that is, views he disagrees with. We are now…

The use of the Emergencies Act was profoundly undemocratic

It should be used only in the direst of circumstances

The use of the Emergencies Act was profoundly undemocraticMany arguments were used to justify calls for the use of the Emergencies Act. In order to bolster the claim that the traffic jam in downtown Ottawa constituted a threat to national security, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair insisted the truckers’ convoy was “a largely foreign-funded, targeted and coordinated attack … to harm Canada.” Public…

Trump tees off on Trudeau’s treatment of truckers

“They have been slandered as Nazis, racists and terrorists”

Trump tees off on Trudeau’s treatment of truckersORLANDO, Fla. – Former U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Canada’s treatment of people involved in what came to be known as the trucker Freedom Convoy 2022. The remarks came in his Saturday night keynote speech to thousands of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in this city. “The tyranny in Canada…

Freedom Convoy shows we need direct democracy in Canada

Canada lacks a practical ability to channel frustrations from citizens to governments

Freedom Convoy shows we need direct democracy in CanadaA vast gulf exists between Canada’s chattering classes – many politicians, some journalists and a plethora of academics – and citizens on multiple issues, including most recently the self-described Freedom Convoy. It has much to do with the lack of the feedback mechanisms found in other countries: direct democracy, otherwise known as referendums, on laws…
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