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Mark Milke is a columnist, author, policy analyst, and member of the C2C Journal editorial advisory board. This column was first published by Canadians for Affordable Energy - http://www.affordableenergy.ca/.

    Articles by Mark Milke

  • Ontario and Alberta used to be the reliable twin engines of Canada’s economy. They created jobs for refugees from the sclerotic economies of Atlantic Canada and provided tax transfers to subsidize statist Quebec Inc. Long suffering victims of socialist governments in Manitoba and Saskatchewan looked to their neighbours east and west with a mixture of envy and resentment, while a lot of British Columbians dismissed them as hyperactive greed heads with no appreciation for work-life balance. Those days are over, writes Mark Milke, as Ontario and Alberta are now smothering their competitive advantages with unaffordable green energy policies.

  • Posted: August 22, 2017

    Maybe it’s the current dearth of inspiring or even competent political leadership in the western world, but this summer our lonely and fragile democracies are turning their eyes to Winston Churchill and George Orwell, two men who arguably did more than anyone to rescue western civilization from tyranny in the 20th century. Churchill stars in the great movie Dunkirk and in a new biopic bearing his name. Orwell’s ideas are routinely invoked to explain the epidemic of fake news and “spin” that has infected, beyond even past practice, our highest political offices and lowest journalism. The pair are also the subject of a timely new book about the extraordinary parallels in their remarkable lives, reviewed for C2C Journal by Mark Milke.

  • Posted: August 2, 2017

    Unhinged by the mayhem of the Trump White House, many in the American media are looking north for salvation. One example was the fawning, error-riddled Rolling Stone cover story lusting for Justin Trudeau to lead the U.S. Another was the Atlantic Monthly hiring Canadian writer Jonathan Kay to plead for higher taxes to rescue America from its economic and socio-political decline. Mark Milke agrees the U.S. is in trouble, but argues the Canadian cure is worse than the American disease.

  • Posted: April 6, 2017

    You can tell it’s spring in Canada because in cities where the local NHL team has made the playoffs pick-up trucks are cruising the streets adorned with team flags attached to upside-down hockey sticks. With fan fever running high, it’s a good time for the NHL to abuse its customers by raising ticket prices, announcing it won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics and, in the Calgary Flames’ case, threatening to move the team unless taxpayers pony up for a new arena. This is just another repugnant play for corporate welfare, writes Mark Milke, and the Flames deserve a major penalty for unbusinesslike conduct.

  • Remembrance Day is as good a time as any to contemplate the many men and a few women scattered throughout history who combined utopian demagoguery with ruthless violence to attain power. Mark Milke does just that in his review of Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice and Terror, a new book by Carleton University political scientist Waller Newell. It rejects materialist nostrums about the “root causes” of tyranny and terror, and instead locates their origins in revolutionary zeal and human bloodlust.

  • Posted: May 19, 2016

    People who know sheep well say their reputation for conformity is ill-deserved. Apart from the obvious differences, like gender and notoriously non-conformist black sheep, there are all kinds of subtle but real physical and ancestral factors which herald the true diversity of sheep. True, they think as one about sex and wolves, but that’s just enlightened collectivist socialization, which marks them as intellectually superior to other barnyard creatures, like selfish pigs. Mark Milke’s latest piece for C2C Journal about faux academic diversity in Canada and the end of the “Calgary School” of intellectual dissidents has nothing and everything to do with sheep.

  • Posted: March 22, 2016

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an interview to the New York Times in December that deserved far more attention than it got. “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” Trudeau said, adding that Canada is the world’s first “post-national state”. Is that what Canadians will be celebrating when the country turns 150 next year? Mark Milke hopes not, for he contends that a country without a national identity is a country without a future. Trudeau seems not to have noticed, but he may have framed the next big debate between progressives and conservatives.

  • Posted: October 9, 2014

    The Islamic State terrorist group has explicitly targeted Canada, urging its soldiers and sympathizers to kill Canadian infidels in our streets and our homes. As the number of Canadian citizens fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq continues to rise, the Harper government has begun invalidating their passports. This summer the government passed a law allowing dual citizens found guilty of terrorism to be stripped of their Canadian citizenship. These initiatives have raised larger questions about citizenship and immigration policy in the era of globalized terrorism, and are testing the core Canadian belief in diversity as a source of unity. Mark Milke explains…

  • Identity politics assume your race, gender, religion, age and other factors are major determinants of one’s views and actions. It’s a throwback to an earlier and regressive age. Mark Milke explains…

  • Posted: April 9, 2013

    Throughout human history, men and women have struggled to tear themselves free from concentrated power and its ill effects. While many people in developed, democratic and capitalist countries often take their freedoms for granted, history is filled with tyrants and bullies who stand between citizens, their freedom and their prosperity. Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s Prime […]

  • Posted: March 3, 2013

    In 2003 when a cancerous tumour was discovered on the pancreas of Steve Jobs, the brilliant, mercurial co-founder of Apple refused to undergo surgery to have it removed. “I really didn’t want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work,” Job later told his biographer, […]

  • It is a measure of how poll-driven politics has become that few politicians stick their neck out even when there is a compelling national and moral interest to do so. Witness the recent provincial election in Quebec, where federalists sat on their hands when some of the most provincial views (in the worst sense of […]

  • Posted: June 25, 2012

    Aruna Papp burst into Canada’s national consciousness when she undertook a study about the cultural factors behind honours killings in Canada. Now, Papp, along with some help from journalist Barbara Kay, has released a new book recounting her personal journey to Canada, which is reviewed by C2C’s own Mark Milke. Rather than say Canadian society is the problem, Papp argues that cultural beliefs often prevent female emancipation.

  • Posted: April 18, 2012

    Several millennia ago, Aristotle asserted that man was different from the animals because only he had the gift of (thoughtful) speech. The cursing generation seems intent on erasing that distinction as Mark Milke explains…

  • When Canada’s Aboriginal population suffers these days, at least some Aboriginal leaders are to blame—and not racism or a denial of rights. That’s why a recent open letter to China’s president from some native chiefs was disingenuous. Mark Milke explains ….

  • An expensive Quebec separatist says adieu. C2C Journal’s Mark Milke argues it’s long overdue….

  • When Hitchens describes Orwell as “sensitive to intellectual hypocrisy and was well-tuned to pick up the invariably creepy noises which it gives off,” the same lucidity applies in exact measure to Hitchens….

  • Back in the 1990s when I lived in Japan, an American journalist whose name I’ve long forgotten gave a speech in the coastal city of Kobe. In it, he was critical of that country’s media. He argued they were timorous in covering the Japanese royal family and also government. He added that the only other […]

  • Posted: August 9, 2011

    Some think the welfare state was the 20th century’s greatest achievement; Mark Milke thinks it was achieved by putting future generations deep in hock….

  • Posted: May 12, 2011

    Liberalism’s 20th century victories—and methods—led to its recent demise….

  • Posted: April 26, 2011

    China just cracked down on religion. But they’re not alone: see Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea……

  • Posted: March 21, 2011

    Lord Black is properly concerned about prison reform; he is mistaken as to why many Canadians still want longer and tougher prison sentences….

  • Julian Assange has made war more—not less—likely

  • Buying and selling human beings never went away; it just went underground….

  • Contrary to popular myth, the Prime Minister didn’t shoot down hockey subsidies; he just made it more expensive if it happens…