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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. 

According to the 2018 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, a full 86 percent of 15-year-olds had trouble distinguishing the difference between opinion and fact. That won’t surpri...
Plenty of ink — including his own lengthy manifesto in these pages — has been spilled over the unanimous decision by an Ontario Divisional Court to dismiss Jordan Peterson’s appeal a...
I resisted the “Barbie” movie as long as possible, but eventually succumbed. When a film bearing one’s childhood nickname (mine with a “y,” note) grosses over $2 billion,...
A potential scandal for Italy’s prime minister, Georgia Meloni, has erupted over remarks following a series of sexual assaults in Italy over the summer made by her life partner, conservative jou...
Justice was served to the 11 victims in Pittsburgh’s 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre when, earlier this month, a federal jury recommended the death penalty for its perpetrator, Robert Bower...
In my socially cloistered youth, I assumed that summer camp—especially the sleep-away kind for at least a month’s duration—was the norm for children and teens. In time, I realized th...
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel opened the 2023 Academy Awards with a quip that — excuse the bad pun — punched above its weight: “When I look around at this room I can’t help but wonder,...
Two years ago, with regard to male athletes identifying as female, the competitive sport world presented a smoothly unified commitment to the principle of inclusion over fairness. Today we see fractur...
The untimely death by suicide of school principal Richard Bilkszto, 60 years of age, came as a shock even to observers closely engaged with his workplace difficulties and their multi-faceted fallout o...

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.

According to the 2018 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, a full 86 percent of 15-year-olds had trouble distinguishing the difference between opinion and fact. That won’t surpri...
I resisted the “Barbie” movie as long as possible, but eventually succumbed. When a film bearing one’s childhood nickname (mine with a “y,” note) grosses over $2 billion,...
In my socially cloistered youth, I assumed that summer camp—especially the sleep-away kind for at least a month’s duration—was the norm for children and teens. In time, I realized th...
Two years ago, with regard to male athletes identifying as female, the competitive sport world presented a smoothly unified commitment to the principle of inclusion over fairness. Today we see fractur...
The untimely death by suicide of school principal Richard Bilkszto, 60 years of age, came as a shock even to observers closely engaged with his workplace difficulties and their multi-faceted fallout o...
For years, Canadians have proved amenable to demands for basic rights, but also to entitlements, for those who identify, variously, as “trans,” “non-binary” or “queer.&rd...

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...