Day: May 19, 2019

The Ascent of Media and the Death of Journalism

According to the American classicist and commentator Victor Davis Hanson, the disinterested reporting of events – what previous generations called “journalism” — is no longer practiced in the United States. Instead, we now have something called the “media” consisting of wannabe celebrities who “espouse opinions on nearly everything while knowing almost nothing.” Such “journalists” labour under shrunken vocabularies but possess enormous self-regard such that “most could give an in-depth lecture on Botox, but are ignorant about the U.S. Constitution or basic facts of American history.” Readers can judge for themselves how close the parallels – or how sharp the divide – may be with Canadian journalism.

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The Tucker Carlson Phenomenon

In his prophetic 1995 book The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, historian Christopher Lasch argued that America’s professional and managerial elites had abandoned the middle classes, isolating themselves in enclaves of privilege. By last year, Fox News’ commentator Tucker Carlson had found the phenomenon so far advanced that, as he wrote in his book Ship of Fools, “Trump’s election wasn’t about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America’s ruling class.” In the Claremont Review of Books, Michael Anton examines the Tucker Carlson phenomenon, and why many now consider him the “de facto leader of the conservative movement.”

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The Changing Demographics of American Cities

Among the crowded field of contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee are four big-city mayors. Yet such candidates have little chance, in part because American cities are suffering from a myriad of afflictions, including gross income inequalities, which are driving out middle-class and working-class families. In a recent study, not one construction worker could afford a median-priced house in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or surrounding areas. In an essay with distinct overtones for Canadian big-city politics, Joel Kotkin argues in City Journal that for cities to remain emblematic of society, they need to attract and nurture the middle-class.

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Ladies and Gents

One of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet stars is Chrystia Freeland, the new intergovernmental affairs minister and deputy prime minister. Originally from Alberta, Freeland follows on the path originally trod by Louise McKinney, who in being elected to the Alberta legislature in 1917 became the first woman elected to sit as a member of a parliament anywhere in the British Empire. We wish her well for, as Tasha Kheiriddin shows in this detailed case study, Canadians need the best politicians of both sexes.

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