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  • National Post For culture warrior David Horowitz, deplatforming is no deterrent Tuesday November 13th, 2018
    An opinion columnist nowadays could take campus disruptions or deplatformings of conservative speakers as his or her sole weekly topic and never run out of material.The latest example comes to us out of New Hampshire’s elite Dartmouth College (tuition US$75,000 a year), where formidable conservative polemicist David Horowitz — soon to celebrate his 80th birthday — was recen...
  • National Post In defence of the nation-state, and democracy Tuesday November 6th, 2018
    Although not on the ballot, America’s midterm elections were all about Trump. Not his policies or unique personality, but the trend throughout the West — loosely defined as populism — that he symbolizes. This was the topic of last Friday’s Munk Debate between David Frum and Stephen Bannon: “Resolved that the future of Western politics is populist, not liberal.&r...
  • National Post Trump’s rhetoric didn’t cause this massacre Tuesday October 30th, 2018
    The Sabbath massacre in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, but it is not the first time Jews in the United States have been targeted for attack while at worship. In 1960, a 16-year-old boy threw a bomb into a synagogue in Gladsden, Ala., but it didn’t explode. The would-be massacrist then shot and injured two people fleeing the bui...
  • National Post Canada is better for having the Post — and far more interesting Saturday October 27th, 2018
    The birth of the National Post 20 years ago had a profound impact on our national conversations about politics, the economy and our swiftly evolving culture. The Post was meant to be a journalistic disruptor, and it accomplished that goal. Long before I joined the Comment section as a weekly contributor in 2003 — indeed, for months before the Post’s official launch — I was ac...
  • National Post Did #MeToo activists target a top Canadian prof for his blunt lessons about Islam? Friday October 19th, 2018
    McGill University, my grad school alma mater, has, in my opinion, acted dishonourably in a recent and unusual case of tenure denial to a brilliant and popular professor. When I learned of Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim’s story, I was fortunate to receive a remarkable trove of evidence: his supporting documents for a defamation lawsuit he launched this summer against a student and a professor in his...
  • National Post A few ‘toxic’ anti-male women are derailing the validity of #MeToo Wednesday October 17th, 2018
    According to a survey in the latest Economist magazine, the effect of the #MeToo movement has been to elevate Americans’ skepticism over sympathy for victims. Among other findings, the survey notes that between November 2017 and September 2018, while the perception that false allegations of sexual assault are a greater problem than unreported or unpunished sexual assault remains a minorit...
  • National Post Another school, another recording, another free-speech crisis Thursday October 11th, 2018
    The old adage has it that “a picture is worth a 1,000 words.” But, as former Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd showed Canadians last November, in academia 1,000 words — unexpectedly recorded — can paint a culture-capturing picture. By now, the infamous interrogation Shepherd endured after exposing students to Jordan Peterson’s views on...
  • National Post Diluting the meaning of ‘woman,’ to appease transgender activists, is misogyny Thursday September 13th, 2018
    In his writings on totalitarianism, George Orwell powerfully exposed the link between the manipulation of language and the erosion of individual liberty. Ideologues understand that linguistic control precedes, and is crucial to, political and cultural power. The novel 1984 illuminated the shame in being compelled — figuratively — to endorse the lie that two plus two is five. For th...
  • National Post Weinstein worst example of common problem in film industry Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I lunched last weekend with friends, both in the film business, one a successful documentarian, the other a producer. Naturally, the tsunami of sexual assault charges unleashed by the Harvey Weinstein affair came up for review. I asked if they had ever experienced Weinsteinian moments. Indeed they had. Coincidentally, both involved bathrobes that “slid open” to reveal erect penises...
  • National Post Pit bull lobby put on its heels by Quebec’s dangerous dog bill, CBC documentary Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    In April, the Quebec government introduced Bill 128, which will authorize the province to prohibit any person from owning, breeding or acquiring “potentially dangerous” dogs, which includes pit bulls and Rottweilers, the two highest-risk dogs. Impetus for the bill — and a similar one passed in Montreal — arose largely from distress over the June 2016 fatal mau...
  • National Post We are ignoring a key part of ‘dying with dignity’ Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Ing Wong-Ward is disabled, dependent on a wheelchair and afflicted with colon cancer, accompanied, for the past year, by a stubbornly persistent abdominal abscess. This seems a depressing scenario, but Wong-Ward presents as anything but depressed in her promotional article for palliative care in Saturday’s Globe and Mail, “Living — and dying — with dignity.”Wong...
  • National Post Canada’s own little Stalins are making politically incorrect authors disappear Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Stalin and his monstrous inner circle aren’t obvious fodder for humour, but the film The Death of Stalin is indeed hilarious, without sidestepping the horrors of that regime.Playing the role of Stalin’s vain and irresolute deputy Malenkov is actor Jeffrey Tambor, best known for his role as transwoman Maura in Amazon’s popular series, Transparent.Tambor was Hollywood’s...
  • National Post The Yazidis are in danger of extinction and Ottawa’s stopped helping Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    I’ll call her “Nada,” not her real name.Nada is a Yazidi woman from Sinjar, Iraq, now age 31. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL came for her people. The Kurdish Peshmerga, tasked with protecting them, fled, leaving them helpless. Nada and her two children — a boy, eight months and a girl, two — were separated from her husband and father-in-law, whom she never saw again.The ...
  • National Post Gender studies don’t help us understand how dogs behave Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    For the “dog days” of summer, a column about dogs and their social life.Last year, a certain Helen Wilson, claiming to hold a “doctorate in feminist studies” submitted a paper titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon” to the Journal of Feminist Geography.Turned out there was no evidence fo...
  • National Post If ideologues are teaching our judges, the public has a need to know Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    Legal academics are openly reinterpreting their mission. Historically teachers of legal principles and law codes, they now see themselves as social-justice warriors called upon to right historical wrongs for members of designated victim groups. In 2013, Ottawa professor Elizabeth Sheehy published Defending Battered Women on Trial, a book in which Sheehy promotes women’s right to kill ext...
  • National Post Exploding the myth of cure-all female corporate boards Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    The Liberals are looking at an amendment to diversity-themed Bill C-25 that would force businesses to open their diversity policies to shareholders or explain why they don’t (“comply or explain”). At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “Companies should have a formal policy on gender diversity and make the recruitment of women candidate...
  • National Post Trump, Trudeau and the front lines of the fight against bull Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    American commentator Joseph Epstein once described himself, vocationally speaking, as “standing off on the sidelines, viewing the various public escapades — political, cultural, social — and calling out with some regularity, “Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” Epstein had his work cut out for him in 2017. Didn’t all opinion journalists? Donald Trump alone provid...
  • National Post WLU’s contemptible conduct proof of intellectual assault underway on campuses Wednesday September 5th, 2018
    The story of Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd — who was recently subjected to a creepy, but instructive, grilling by campus superiors over material she’d used for her entry-level Communication tutorials — went viral on social media last week. A somewhat naive lament was posted by the host of TVO’s The Agenda, Steve Pai...
  • National Post If writing off 2019 gets us a real conservative party, so be it Tuesday August 28th, 2018
    Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub: Trudeau and Scheer fight for the oars, while a smiling Bernier rocks the boat.Did Bernier walk away from the CPC or was he pushed? Whatever, a poll immediately following Maxime Bernier’s exit showed striking positive reaction to his declaration of a projected new party, with 13 per cent support nation-wide (15 per cent in Quebec, second to Libs).Seeing...
  • National Post A new report sounds the alarm on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria Wednesday August 22nd, 2018
    Imagine yourself the parent of an adolescent boy or (more likely) girl without a single previous sign of body dysphoria, who “out of the blue” decides she is transgender. She demands a name change, breast binders and cross-sex hormones.You’re shocked and skeptical, as your child has struggled with one or more problems — autism, depression, social isolation or unproces...
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