THE GLOBAL NEWSSTAND

Stories that matter from near and far.

Racing Cars for Fun and Profit

The new movie Ford v Ferrari is a tribute to male ingenuity, capitalism, fast cars and testosterone. It unapologetically depicts how masculine traits plus freedom and competitiveness form a powerful source of innovation – to everyone’s benefit. Kyle Smith exults that Ford v Ferrari brazenly defies the Hollywood Zeitgeist and affirms there’s nothing wrong in acting like a man.

Racing Cars for Fun and Profit

The new movie Ford v Ferrari is a tribute to male ingenuity, capitalism, fast cars and testosterone. It unapologetically depicts how masculine traits plus freedom and competitiveness form a powerful source of innovation – to everyone’s benefit. Kyle Smith exults that Ford v Ferrari brazenly defies the Hollywood Zeitgeist and affirms there’s nothing wrong in acting like a man.

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Minding the Mindfulness Movement

Mindfulness and meditation have entered the mainstream of western societies. Emerging from Buddhist traditions, mindfulness practices claim to be “non-judgemental” and compatible with any belief system. Advocates claim meditation can reduce stress, alleviate physical pain, boost productivity and creativity, and help adherents understand their “true” selves. Yet for Sahanika Ratnayake, a “cultural Buddhist” and a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Cambridge University, mindfulness and meditation are “metaphysically loaded.” In her evocative account, first published in Aeon, she suggests why mindfulness practices are unsuited for reaching real self-understanding, and warns against the tendency to view mindfulness as a panacea for the modern world’s ills.

Cleaning the Window to let in the Light

When President Trump described Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” and criticized Congressman Elijah Cummings, a predictable Greek Chorus arose from the Democrats and their enablers in the media: Trump is a racist! “King” Cummings is black, so naturally, any criticism of him or his leadership could only arise from racist motives. Writing in American Greatness, Roger Kimball argues that Trump’s twitter assault was calculated to make the Democrats own the problem of urban decay. And he may well be elbowing open the famed “Overton Window,” the range of ideas and rhetoric permissible in public discourse.

Mass Shooting, U.S., El Paso

Mass Shootings in the U.S.

After the horrific mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, the Democrats immediately blamed President Trump. Blaming Trump, or any politician or public figure, is both intellectually irresponsible and socially divisive. As this unsigned editorial in the New York Sun points out, the motivations that spur these mad killers arise from both the left and right, including concerns about environmental degradation, as in Dayton and Christchurch, and fears over immigration, as in El Paso. We need to accept the grim truth that whatever our political leanings, the blame for these crimes attaches entirely to the killers.

Brazilian Wax, Canada, Transgender

A Brazilian for the Woke

“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?” asked Abraham Lincoln. “Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Alas, it appears that Mr. Lincoln was in error. As the enlightened among us now know, a tail is a leg — provided, of course, the dog says it is a leg. Brendan O’Neill, the editor of Spiked Online, looks at the bizarre case of Johnathan Yaniv, a transgender male. Yaniv is arguing before the B.C. Human Rights Council that female beauticians who refuse to perform a Brazilian wax on his male genitalia are violating “her” human rights.

The Demise of the European Left

After the financial crash of 2008, Europe’s leftist parties had an opportunity to channel the anti-establishment fervour of ordinary voters and move from the fringes to the mainstream. For a time, the tide throughout Europe appeared to be shifting to the left. However, earlier this month, after the socialist government of Tsipras was swept aside in the Greek general election, it now appears that the European left is in deep crisis. Yascha Mounk, writing in the Atlantic, suggests that a chain of recent electoral defeats for the left means that the heralded resurgence of socialist parties has peaked – a lesson which the Americans would do well to take into account.

Hate Speech

Winning the Debate with Hate

A disturbing development in contemporary political debate is the stratagem of condemning our adversaries as “haters,” individuals whose depravity places their opinions beyond the pale of civilized discourse. Demonizing our rivals is an enormously convenient ploy, one much favoured by totalitarian regimes. It proclaims our superior moral virtue while sparing us the tedious requirement of providing reasons and evidence in support of our views. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in Taki Mag, reminds us that hate is a universal emotion and fulfills a primary human need. Attempts to censor hate speech may arise from noble intentions, but they can only proceed by defining what constitutes an expression of hatred, an almost impossible task.

Repatriation, Justice and Terror

The destruction of the Islamic State has led to an intractable problem: what to do with captured ISIS fighters who are western nationals? Despite President Trump’s pleas for enemy combatants to be repatriated and prosecuted in their country of origin, Europeans have thus far turned a blind eye. Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Soeren Kern looks at the Hobson’s choice faced by western nations. On the one hand, repatriating foreign fighters is deeply unpopular and carries political risks. On the other hand, barring their repatriation virtually guarantees the clandestine return of battle-hardened fighters. There are clear security threats attached to either scenario. It is a problem Canadians will soon face.

Welcome to Hotel Canada

Few politicians have ventured as far down the postmodern path as Justin Trudeau who famously proclaimed that Canada was a “postnational” nation, with no “core identity.” The refusal to accept any distinction between one’s conationals and foreigners reduces citizens to mere consumers and creates a nation united only by economic considerations. C2C contributor Bradly Betters, writing in American Thinker, looks at recent headlines which suggest that — contrary to common wisdom — millennials are flocking to Canada’s major cities. However, a deeper analysis suggests that Canadian millennials are leaving the city, forced out by pressures exerted on the real estate market by foreign buyers.

Psychiatry for the Do-it-yourself Crowd

It is normal for psychiatrists to examine patients before giving their diagnosis. This strikes us as sensible. But Bandy X. Lee, psychologist and Yale Professor, decided that when assessing the cognitive competence of President Trump such quaint protocols no longer apply. Following her example, Chadwick Moore, writing in The Spectator USA, uses his psycho-analytic acumen to examine some media personalities. Mr. Moore is a journalist. But he demonstrates conclusively that you don’t need a fancy degree to take the measure of someone’s mental health. What is most needed are strong opinions, the conviction that you are sane and grounded, and the certitude that you are a morally superior specimen. Fortunately, there appears to be no shortage of qualified individuals.

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