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Mark Milke is a writer for Canadians for Affordable Energy, and a founding editorial board member of C2C Journal. He is a public policy analyst and author of five books. His newest, Ralph vs. Rachel: A Tale of Two Premiers, will be released in November.

    Articles by Mark Milke

  • Canada has been singularly successful in offering up its natural resource sector to its enemies. In the 1980s and 90s, foreign-funded eco- and aboriginal activists teamed up with Canadian politicians, public sector unions, and even some corporate sell-outs to bully the B.C. forest industry into submission. Today it’s the energy sector that has been taken hostage and climbed into bed with its captors. Many of the same politicians and CEOs who sold Canada out for a myth of “social licence” are now changing their tune, writes Mark Milke, but it will take time to recover from the economic damage they’ve wrought.

  • Posted: June 15, 2018

    Not that long ago, Bill Clinton was half-jokingly hailed as “the first black president” because he was cool, a liberal and could play the saxophone, a bit. If Clinton tried that today, he’d probably be impeached for “cultural appropriation”. That’s because the phenomenon of progressive identity politics, which is sweeping across western civilization like a plague, is herding people into tribal associations based on skin colour, gender, ethnicity and other biological and cultural characteristics. Humans have gone down this road before, writes Mark Milke, and it always ends badly. We’ll do much better if we get back to celebrating, tolerating, and borrowing ideas from other cultures.

  • Posted: May 18, 2018

    This month the Canadian Taxpayers Federation gave its annual “Tax Fighter” award, which celebrates those who demonstrate “outstanding commitment and dedication to the cause of taxpayer emancipation”, to four long-serving professors from the University of Calgary’s Political Science department: Tom Flanagan, Barry Cooper, Rainer Knopff and Ted Morton. Through their teaching, writing and political activism the foursome – known as the “Calgary School” – had an out-sized influence on Canadian politics and mentored countless students who went on to successful careers in academe, politics and public policy research and advocacy. One of their books was even found in Osama bin Laden’s last hideout. Mark Milke, who received his Ph.D. from the department, delivered a pithy and humorous tribute to the foursome at the CTF event.

  • Posted: March 26, 2018

    Is Donald Trump a conservative? For many professed conservatives, in the US, Canada and elsewhere, the answer is a resounding yes. He’s cutting taxes, deregulating industry, and finally standing up to the tyranny of political correctness. But he’s also a protectionist, a liar, a sexual predator, a bully, and, according to his now-purged Secretary of State, a moron. And he’s running up debt and cozying up to dictators. Economic and social conservatives have crucified Democratic presidents for far less. How can they not see the hypocrisy in giving Trump a pass? Mark Milke tries to remove the scales from their eyes.

  • The #MeToo movement has so far concentrated on sexual misconduct by men in politics and the entertainment industry. Minor or major celebrities, most of them. The incidence of male sexual misbehaviour within these demographic cohorts, ranging from criminal assault to unwelcome comments, is said to be “rampant”. And it is, as measured by media coverage and social media reaction. But there’s no actual data on that assertion. Data does exist, however, showing that Aboriginal women suffer rates of sexual abuse much higher than non-Native women. Mark Milke wonders why #MeToo has not yet spread to places where the victims may be even more numerous.

  • Why does Jordan Peterson drive progressives nuts? Because he refuses to use their made-up pronouns? That hardly seems reason to compare him to Hitler. Clearly it’s something else. According to Mark Milke, Peterson is a proxy for a much bigger fight. It pits the Marxist idea that reality is a malleable, perfectible construct against the classical liberal view that reality is knowledge born of experience. The former is absolutist and authoritarian, the latter open to learning and debate, and the vicious campaign to discredit and silence Peterson reveals just how illiberal our society has become.

  • 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….