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Ben Woodfinden is a 2017 intern at the Manning Foundation. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Carleton University.

    Articles by Ben Woodfinden

  • Why does Sydney Crosby keep playing hockey after four concussions when he has $50 million in the bank? Why is Tom Brady trying for his 6th Super Bowl ring at 40? And why do millions of sports fans spend billions buying tickets, jerseys, cable TV subscriptions and all the other stuff that makes pro sport such a global economic behemoth? Plato knew the score, writes Ben Woodfinden, who reckons the great philosopher would approve of the way modern western society has channelled the innate human desire for glory into non-lethal entertainments for the masses.

  • Posted: July 27, 2017

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to hang the Omar Khadr payoff on Stephen Harper, which roused a feisty counterattack from Canada’s most reclusive ex-PM. But Harper’s legacy won’t be defined by whatever he did or didn’t do to a confessed terrorist. Instead, writes Ben Woodfinden, it will be defined by what he did to unite Canada’s Conservative party and movement, build its institutional foundations, and make it permanently competitive for power.

  • Posted: June 24, 2017

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, according to the proverb. But what does all play and no work do to us? Thanks to the rapid acceleration of automation and artificial intelligence, we may be about to find out on a humanity-sized scale. With a guaranteed income and no job, and machines that can do anything we can do, only better, what will we do all day? Will it make us more creative and philanthropic, or more hedonistic and self-destructive? Ben Woodfinden weighs the odds.

  • Posted: May 30, 2017

    Within days of the Manchester terrorist bombing, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn blamed U.K. foreign policy for inciting Islamist extremism. Prime Minister Theresa May immediately pounced, accusing Corbyn of blaming the victims. It was a typically guileless Corbyn blunder and a typically adroit May response. But May’s early successes as PM, which will likely include another Tory election win next month, aren’t just due to her lame opponent. She is the face of a bold new Toryism, writes Ben Woodfinden, one rooted in traditional British nationalism and communitarian ideals. Amid echoes of Thatcher, May is quickly emerging as the anglosphere’s most important conservative political leader.