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Putin’s wrath shows the danger in cozying up to ‘Christian’ autocrats

Christian morality is a ‘seamless garment’. For years, not just in the past few weeks, Vladimir Putin has sought to portray Russia as the world’s staunchest guardian of authentic Christian values. Some people have even cast the invasion itself as a war of Orthodox Christianity on decadent, woke Western culture. In his speech to the […]

The new Jacobins are fighting a no-holds-barred battle for the heart of America

A new public orthodoxy is being imposed upon the United States. What are we to make of “cancel culture” and what Mary Eberstadt has dubbed the “new intolerance”? One of the most astute analyses was offered by Megan McCardle several years ago in The Washington Post. Societies, McCardle wrote, do have “orthodoxies,” beliefs that they place “beyond debate” […]

We must not forget that just because war is unthinkable to us, it’s unthinkable to dictators

A former Prime Minister of Australia warns that Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in Ukraine threaten us all. History isn’t malicious, just instructive. It tells us that progress isn’t inevitable; that justice isn’t always done; that good won’t always win; and that danger always lurks. Above all, it tells us that individual and collective choice matters: that […]

Transgender Permanence Is A Myth

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” – John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962. If you are new to the crazy world of gender, you’ve heard that trans is something you just know. So, if your kid comes […]

How the Concept of ‘Misinformation’ has been Weaponised to Silence Dissenting Voices

It’s being used as a slur and means almost nothing. The concept of “misinformation,” or “misleading, false and/or harmful information,” has been repeatedly invoked by Big Tech media companies and governments to justify the suppression and invalidation of information and perspectives they disapprove of. It has been employed by Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and national health […]

Ukraine: what would a Russian invasion actually look like? These are the three most likely scenarios

Russia has been laying the ground for military action against Ukraine since 2014. Despite suggestions to the contrary from the Kremlin, Ukraine remains surrounded by Russian troops, both along its long border with Russia and from within occupied Crimea. The Russian Federation has deployed land, air and naval forces that give the Kremlin a range […]

It’s Wrong to Play the Transgender Pronoun Game

Is it harmless to advertise your “preferred pronouns”? Or does it reinforce a toxic ideology? I’m a parent of a “trans-identified” teen, so the pronoun dilemma is close to home for me. However, as a society, we cannot tackle this issue only when it impacts us personally — we need to band together as a […]

Labelling Dissenters as Domestic Terrorists Endangers Democracy in Canada and the U.S.

Two organisers of Canada’s peaceful Freedom Convoy, Chris Barber and Tamara Lich, were arrested today, after the Trudeau government earlier this week invoked the Emergencies Act, formerly the War Measures Act. As part of its crackdown on mandate critics, Canada has also expanded the definition of “terrorist financing” in order to freeze bank accounts and […]

Is marrying later always better? New report says No

‘State of Our Unions 2022’ shows little evidence that those marrying over the age of 25 have stronger marriages than those in their early 20s. Marriage works best if the guy and girl both have a degree, a job, financial security, and plenty of life experience, right? Early marriage leads to divorce, right? Wrong. A […]

Surely she jests: Emma Thompson’s latest film glorifies sex work

Why, O why, did she ever accept this demeaning role? At the premiere of her new film at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Germany, Dame Emma Thompson, 62, revealed that Good Luck To You, Leo Grande was probably the most difficult role of her career. In the film, which The Guardian describes as a “charming comedy”, she plays […]

In Canada it’s trucks versus tweets and the trucks are winning

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the truckers out for antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Huh? Freedom Convoy protesters open up about standing for their beliefs Two weeks ago, the “Freedom Convoy” began in earnest, with thousands of truckers from every province crossing Canada’s icy highways to take their grievances over vaccine mandates […]

Over-the-Counter Ivermectin? It Could Be Coming to a State Near You—Despite FDA Concerns

The ivermectin controversy has sparked a wider debate about medical freedom. A new bill recently introduced in New Hampshire would allow residents to get ivermectin from pharmacies without first getting a prescription or approval from a doctor. The legislation, titled House Bill 1022, is still in committee, but the state House of Representatives is slated to […]

The Surveillance State of the Olympics

Everyone at the Beijing Winter Olympics is expected to download an app to track their health. What else is it tracking? On this date, Feb. 6 of 1936, the Winter Olympics opened in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria — the last time both the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same country in the same year. […]

Coming to grips with the facts about masks

Public health advice has not caught up with the latest research. Allegations that “masks work” and “don’t cause harm” have been enforced by governments and corporations around the world for more than 18 months through arrests, firings, censorship, fines, and denial of access to schools, supermarkets, hospitals, streets, and other public spaces. This has made it virtually impossible for many people to live without […]