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""Movements from the left must be extended tolerance, even when they are violent, while movements from the right must not be tolerated, including suppressing them by violence." - James Lindsay, encapsulating the message of Neo-Marxist Herbert Marcuse in his famous 1965 essay, "Repressive Tolerance""
James Lindsay


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"I generally write a column every two weeks for the National Post (and the occasional piece for their National Post Platformed series, available only to subscribers), every two weeks for the Epoch Times, and occasionally for other publications. 

By 2017, already professionally engaged in transgender politics, I began to focus on the anecdotally observed phenomenon of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD): a sudden declaration of a need for gend...
On April 28, Herschel Siegel, a 25-year-old Orthodox Jew from Atlanta, committed suicide. In retrospect, a March Instagram post by the openly gay young man struck many observers as predictive. In it,...
Earlier this month, Donald Trump was awarded the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. president deemed liable for sexual assault. Having pondered writer Jean E. Carroll’s claim, with supp...
On May 5, an important documentary film, “When the Mob Came,” was released by producer Caylan Ford. The well-crafted and absorbing film chronicles Ford’s 2019 political cancellation ...
With an estimated 1.4 billion people, India’s population has drawn even with China’s, and will soon surpass it, as China’s population is in decline and aging, while India’s is ...
Partnering with celebrity influencers was nothing new for Budweiser. So their VP of Marketing, Alissa Heinerscheid reckoned it could work for a beer with declining sales that, in her view, required a ...
The 10-day online election of the Law Society of Ontario “benchers”—the board of directors that sets policy and determines other matters related to the governance of Ontario’s ...
During the COVID lockdown, grumpy from inactivity, I by serendipity fell upon the rebounder — a mini-trampoline — as the perfect lockdown exercise vehicle. (I still love it.) Audiobooks be...
On April 1, a new website was launched by the Indian Residential Schools Research Group (irsrg.ca) whose mission is to share with the public historical materials concerning the residential-school syst...

Featured Articles

These are columns and articles dealing with subjects I feel invested in on a deeper level than usual. The common thread, I have come to realize over the years, is any idea that works to erode the health of our common culture, and that breaks down trust in institutions and in our fellow citizens. Whether it is the false assertion that pit bulls get a bad rap and don’t pose an elevated risk of harm to other animals and humans; or the false belief that social transition from one’s biological sex to the other literally transforms a person into that sex; or that an obsessive hatred of Israel has no relationship with antisemitism; or that mothers are more important to a child’s healthy development than fathers: these and other issues rouse my combative spirit, and spark the columns I take most pride in.

By 2017, already professionally engaged in transgender politics, I began to focus on the anecdotally observed phenomenon of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD): a sudden declaration of a need for gend...
Earlier this month, Donald Trump was awarded the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. president deemed liable for sexual assault. Having pondered writer Jean E. Carroll’s claim, with supp...
With an estimated 1.4 billion people, India’s population has drawn even with China’s, and will soon surpass it, as China’s population is in decline and aging, while India’s is ...
The 10-day online election of the Law Society of Ontario “benchers”—the board of directors that sets policy and determines other matters related to the governance of Ontario’s ...
On April 1, a new website was launched by the Indian Residential Schools Research Group (irsrg.ca) whose mission is to share with the public historical materials concerning the residential-school syst...
Last week, a woman I don’t know but who follows me on Twitter, tweeted her despair over the “tsunami wave of obscurantism wash[ing] over women’s rights in Canada.” A responder ...

Books

I have only written, or co-written, four books, but they are also four different genres:

Unworthy Creature is a memoir of an Indian-Canadian woman whose life has been bound up with the honour/shame culture of her ancestors since the day she was born;

Acknowledgements is a collection of essays, talks I have given and reviews that were never published elsewhere, anchored by my own cultural memoir;

A Three-Day Event is a murder mystery that takes place in a Quebec horse sport complex, the plot and characters based in my many years of managing my daughter’s three-Day Eventing career; and

Unsporting, my most recent, with athletic coach Linda Blade as principal author, is an exposé of the duplicity and misogyny at the heart of the trans activists in sport.

 

Radical gender activists are using a pseudoscientific theory of human biology to hijack sports and subvert the long-established concepts of fair play — forcing women and girls to risk thei...

It’s 1992, and language tensions are roiling Montreal. But 100 kilometres away at the peaceful Le Centre Equestre de L’Estrie in Quebec’s Easte...

A Cultural Memoir and other Essays is a collection of unpublished writing by National Post columnist Barbara Kay. This wide-ranging selection includes original essays – notably the title e...

Aruna Papp with Barbara Kay

Is the memoir of a South Asian immigrant to Canada, whose formative years in India were steeped in a reigning culture of ho...

Blog

This space is reserved for thoughts, short reviews of books, magazine articles, Netflix or other series recommendations, reflections of life, and other spontaneous musings I’d like to share with any interested visitors to this site, or for a great-grandchild 50 years after I’m gone.

Yesterday, my husband’s sister Marina died at the ripe of old age of 96, peacefully, without suffering. I fretted that we would not be able to attend the funeral, as she died in Mexico, and my h...
  On Pipers and Paying them (Apr 2022)         Trigger warning: this post’s theme necessarily puts me in a good light that may seem like humble bragging. I guess i...
    My readers are well aware of the contempt in which I hold forced DEI programs, equity quotas for minority groups, and compelled speech that reifies commitment to inclusivity. But that ...
        Grandmotherhood turned out to be quite different from my fantasies.   One fantasy I entertained was that I would pass along my love of reading books by reading ...
I see in my neighbourhood weekly paper that girls’ registration at the Westmount Soccer Club has dropped “significantly.” Girls have not been registering at the soccer club at the sa...
When I was growing up, we didn’t know from Boomers, Millennials or Gen X,Y or Z. You were young, then you were an adult, then you were middle-aged and then you were old. The Baby Boomers got th...