Entries by MercatorNet - Navigating Modern Complexities

Individualist Feminism Versus Collectivist Feminism

Feminism is often considered a single homogenous ideology to either endorse or oppose. However, from the beginning, the movement has had two sides. As libertarian and feminist scholar Wendy McElroy wrote in her 1998 Freeman article “Individualist Feminism: The Lost Tradition,” in the nineteenth century: “The two basic traditions of feminism that fundamentally questioned the political system […]

Why Russia’s war in Ukraine today is so different from a year ago

Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine is approaching its first anniversary. The war being fought by Russian forces today is, however, very different from that being fought when Russia first invaded Ukraine. In February 2022, the Russian attack on Kyiv — seemingly aimed at bringing about regime change in Ukraine — soon faltered. It quickly became apparent […]

It’s time to treat Big Tech like Big Tobacco

Imagine if a man in a white panel van pulled up in your neighbourhood and began enticing teens to look at pictures and videos featuring drug use, pornography and a range of other antisocial activities. In many neighbourhoods, he’d be in handcuffs within the hour. And yet, strangely enough, Mark Zuckerberg, Shou Zi Chew and […]

Ten Topics You Rarely Hear Discussed Openly and Rationally on Mainstream Media

Many of us are familiar with the ideological and political biases of mainstream media, in particular the media’s uncritical embrace of leftist commitments on issues like inclusive language, hate speech, transgenderism, abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration, the Christian faith, education, and pandemic policies. It’s par for the course. Much of the mainstream media does not simply […]

The Rise of the Single Woke [and young, Democratic] Female

Single women are reshaping American society, education and public policy. Soccer Moms are giving way to Single Woke Females — the new “SWFs” — as one of the most potent voting blocs in American politics. Unmarried women without children have been moving toward the Democratic Party for several years, but the 2022 midterms may have been their […]

Tomorrow’s March for Life in Washington D.C. Has Something to Celebrate

The US Supreme Court has called life ‘the most basic human right’ I’m grateful that the majority of the US Supreme Court in its 2022 Dobbs case overturned the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision (and the 1992 Casey decision) that had declared the existence of a constitutional right to elective abortion. Some of my friends are disappointed, however, that the […]

How Atheist Anti-Capitalists Miss the Point

If an economist sees the handiwork of God in the economy, does that invalidate his economic arguments from a secular perspective? The great economist Ludwig von Mises, who himself was either atheist or agnostic, noted that: “Many economists, among them Adam Smith and Bastiat, believed in God. Hence they admired in the facts they had discovered […]

Recovering a more perfect union: A rebuke of the 1619 Project

A new book describes the importance of memory, history, and national identity in saving America from desolation. One of the worst sins of the present — not just ours but any present — is its tendency to condescend toward the past, which is much easier to do when one doesn’t trouble to know the full context of […]

Facebook is dead unless you post something that does not matter

The inane trumps all on Zuckerberg’s social network. Since Elon Musk has taken over Twitter, it’s been quite a wild ride. Thousands of doctors and scientists have been unbanned and are now speaking. Same with journalists. Accounts that posted against Covid restrictions and mandates are now unthrottled. Brownstone’s account is now at 31K and my own personal reach is up […]

Two Of The Abortion Industry’s Biggest Myths Exposed

Much of what you think you know about who has abortions is wrong. Apart from some radical outliers, most folks with pro-choice views regard abortion as a necessary evil. Apart from moral considerations, it’s evil because for the mother it’s gut-wrenching, risky and stigmatized. But it’s necessary because there are so many of these women. […]

Radical K-12 Reform: Pay Homeschoolers

Governments should focus on funding effective education. What if we just cut through the morass of programs and take all the money being provided at the federal and state level and put it into individual student endowment accounts? The late 1970s in the United States was a time of surprising deregulation. It was the beginning […]

A horrifying report on sexual abuse in Chicago public schools sank without a trace last week. Why?

In what has become a familiar and dismal ritual, the Archbishop of Kansas City, released an apology for sexual abuse by Catholic clergy last week. He joined “bishops across the state of Kansas in offering his deepest apologies to the victims, their families, the faithful of the church, and the Kansas Catholic community at large” He was […]

A Child’s-Eye View of Communism’s Absurdities

Candid childhood memories of life behind the Iron Curtain It is a truism to say that children have a grasp of reality different from adults; a clearer and more honest grasp that in most cases they lose with maturity. Rare is the man or woman who retains that innocent capacity to see through grown-up hypocrisy […]

Self-Determined Gender Opens Up A Can Of Worms

An Ecuadorian man has changed his gender to gain custody of his children. “Self-determined gender is a cornerstone of a person’s identity. The resulting obligation of States is to provide access to gender recognition in a manner consistent with the rights to freedom from discrimination, equal protection of the law, privacy, identity and freedom of […]

‘What Is A Woman?’: A Provocative Look at the Transgender Debate

These days, dead white males do not count for much. But we still have the legacy of an exceptional man who went around Athens asking people to provide basic definitions. In so doing, he proved to many that they were not as knowledgeable as they thought themselves to be. This man’s questions annoyed many, and […]