Despite the advance of secularism in Western societies since the renaissance, the appeal of religion has retained its status among many who are otherwise immersed in the glories of reason’s advance over faith, i.e., political freedom, material prosperity, scientific and technological advancement. The most disturbing trend, of course, is the apparent rise in the prevalence of religious radicalism—in particular, Islamic radicalism. Continue reading
Two of my favorite columnists and political pundits are Mark Steyn and Christopher Hitchens. Their witty humour, incisive commmentary, and irreverant style is unmatched in journalistic circles–especially compared to the tepid commentary that normally passes as the editorial analysis of the day. Continue reading
President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Ken Georgetti, recently had an article in the Financial Post criticizing a movement towards a greater role of the private sector in health care. Since neither an editorial nor letter to the editor has been published to refute the article, I shall take on the task myself. Continue reading
The fundamental philosophic alternative in the realms of ethics and politics is individualism or collectivism. Western society, to varying degrees depending on specific culture and country, is rooted in the tradition of individualism. Emanating from the philosophic traditions of ancient Greece through the rise of Christian Aristotelianism in medieval Europe, culminating in the Enlightenment era and carrying on to this day: individualism is the hallmark of Western society. Continue reading
Disclaimer: This post was started during the Canadian Federal election time which passed a couple months ago. I chose not to alter the opening paragraph which makes reference to the election in the present tense.
As citizens of a free and prosperous country here in Canada, we are reminded of our democratic rights at election time. Continue reading