THE GLOBAL NEWSSTAND

Stories that matter from near and far.

A Conservative Call to Arms

For the past fifty years, the left has steamrolled workplaces, schools and places of worship in the name of progressive ideology. Mark Bauerlein argues that conservatives are finally waking up to the nature of their opponents and the ultimate stakes in the culture wars. It is time, he says, for conservatives to assume a fighting stance.

A Conservative Call to Arms

For the past fifty years, the left has steamrolled workplaces, schools and places of worship in the name of progressive ideology. Mark Bauerlein argues that conservatives are finally waking up to the nature of their opponents and the ultimate stakes in the culture wars. It is time, he says, for conservatives to assume a fighting stance.

The Archive

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.

Don’t Let Students Run the Universities

The recent disinviting of U.S. public intellectual Harvey Mansfield at Montréal’s Concordia University underscores the threat to free discussion in our universities. Among the reasons for the closing of the campus mind is the widespread adoption of the therapeutic model of education, which prioritizes the happiness and feelings of students. Little wonder, writes Tom Nicholls in The Atlantic, that the students have decided they’re in charge.

The Only Thing Worse than Populism? Anti-Populism

Populism is being blamed for all manner of ills as leftists worldwide wage an increasingly unrestrained war to delegitimize heterodox opinion. They’re even attempting to smear mainstream conservative parties with the taint of racism and “white supremacism”. But in an honest accounting of the political damage done to date, argues Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill, it’s the anti-populists who have the most to answer for.

Round 1 to Ottawa, but the Game Goes On

When Saskatchewan launched its constitutional challenge of Ottawa’s carbon tax, the usual suspects in academe and the media contemptuously dismissed it as lacking any legal merit. While a 3-2 majority on Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal last week ruled the carbon tax lies within federal powers, dissenting Justices Ralph Ottenbreit and Neal Caldwell argued powerfully that it violates the Constitution in several clear ways. For a total no-hoper, Saskatchewan’s case is showing surprising legs. With challenges in other provinces underway and an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada pending, Ottawa might just be sweating bullets.

Think Magically, Act Irrationally

New York Mayor Bill Deblasio jumped into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination this week, expanding the field to 21, and doubling down on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal by decreeing that another conventional glass and steel high-rise tower will never be built in the “Big Green Apple.” At times like this one needs a bracing dose of rational energy economics analysis from the Manhattan Institute.

The Cross to Bear

Initially you had to look and listen hard to the news about the Easter massacre in Sri Lanka to learn that it was committed by Islamofanatics. In this it was unlike the recent mosque slaughter in New Zealand, for example, which immediately touched off a tsunami of news about the dreaded global menace of violent white extremism. But here and there you could find stories about western liberalism’s willful blindness to growing international violence against and persecution of Christians, among them this moving piece by Ross Douthat.

To Impeach or Not to Impeach

Like all things Trump-related, the release of the Mueller report was divisive. Even the Democrats are split over whether it should trigger impeachment proceedings. The evidence of amoral behaviour is certainly malodorous, as this piece from the never-Trump conservatives at The Bulwark make clear, but that’s hardly news, let alone a crime. Over at the left-leaning Intercept Glenn Greenwald painstakingly shows that Mueller found no actual proof of collusion with the Russians. Less clear is whether the White House tried to obstruct the investigation, but the Dems will be hard pressed to convince Americans the president should be impeached for covering up a crime that wasn’t proven.   

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