Workers remove red paint from a Sir John A. Macdonald statue in Charlottetown on Friday June 19, 2020. John Morris/The Canadian Press.

What's wrong with the West?

As long the West remains committed to perfection here on earth, we will never re-establish the stability and settled conditions that human flourishing requires. The main challenge before us now is not the realisation of a utopian dream, but finding peace and stability in a disordered world

Hundreds of people attend a rally to protect trans kids in Calgary, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press.

Canadians aren’t actually 'woke'

Culture war issues are far less settled than a lot of mainstream commentary would have Canadians believe. Polling irrefutably shows that Canadians are as inclined as Americans or Britons to disagree with a lot of the woke shibboleths that are present in the media, universities, and other major institutions.

A Bman carries a red heart balloon for Valentine's day in Sofia, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Valentina Petrova/AP Photo.

Where love and hate intersect

Page after page, Gaius Valerius Catullus’s all-too-human love is all too familiar to the contemporary reader. As modern as Shakespeare’s or Camoes’s sixteenth-century sonnets feel, Catullus’s poems from sixteen centuries earlier do not feel a day older.

Herbie Hancock plays the piano in New Orleans Monday, April 2, 2007. Alex Brandon/AP Photo.

A century of 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Until Sinatra belted out “New York, New York” and Alicia Keys joined Jay-Z to record “Empire State of Mind,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” alone was identified with New York. It set the path for Elvis Pressley, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey to bring America’s artistic greatness to audiences on every continent.  

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" during a taping on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. Evan Vucci/AP Photo.

Jon Stewart is back in the big chair. But what about his courage?

Comedy Central is betting that Stewart plus Trump will equal ratings, but his old fans have loftier ambitions for him. They hope that Stewart will provide the kind of opposition to Donald Trump that neither Kamala Harris nor Joe Biden can. But will the 60-year-old comedian play along? Or will his conscience get the better of him?