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Patrick Keeney is currently residing in Thailand, where he is an educational advisor to the Ban Maeta Children’s Village in Phrae, Thailand. He invites readers to visit their website - http://www.mercy-international.com/ProjectsPhraeVillage.html
Posted: March 21, 2017
Most mainstream conservative commentators in Canada and the United States were hostile toward Donald Trump when he was running for the presidency, and still are. Almost alone among the right-wing commentariat, Conrad Black backed him early, and often, and still does. But contrarian is the way it’s always been with Black, writes Patrick Keeney in a review of a new collection of Black columns; he never fails to challenge, inform, entertain – and surprise.
Posted: March 16, 2017
Patrick Keeney is as smartphone-enslaved as the rest of us, but he’s more worried about it than most. Not for himself, but for civil society and democracy. Keeney sees modern digital communications technologies as exacerbating many of the most pernicious social trends of our time: mistrust of elites, rejection of family and community, and “hyper-individualism”. The messages conveyed by new digital mediums are mostly post-modern and progressive, which is not how anyone would describe New England Patriots’ coach and Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick. So it gave Keeney hope when he heard Belichick growl: “I’m not on SnapFace.”
Posted: December 9, 2016
Pushback against oppressive political correctness on university campuses is erupting all over the western world. A new collection of essays by authors from both sides of the Atlantic is yet another indication that social justice warriors have gone too far and provoked a broad, determined and eloquent opposition to rise up in defence of academic freedom, the cornerstone of intellectual inquiry and democratic debate in a free society. Patrick Keeney reviews Unsafe Space: The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus
Posted: October 24, 2016
Two pre-humans are shivering in a cave. On hearing a nearby lightning strike, one rushes outside to fetch a flaming faggot of wood ignited by the lightning. The other, fearing an existential threat to life, rushes to extinguish the fire. It was the first argument over global warming. People have been fretting over many such real and imagined threats to the planet ever since. Climate change, Y2K, flu pandemics, Clinton/Obama foreign policy. You name it, it’s an apocalyptic menace. Patrick Keeney is tired of it, and has concluded that news of Armageddon is greatly exaggerated.
Posted: August 29, 2016
Regular C2C Journal contributor Mark Milke recently lamented the demise of the “Calgary School” of classical liberal academics who once dominated the political science department at the University of Calgary. They were a rare source of philosophical diversity in a Canadian academic world dominated by progressives. But there are others like them, including some of their protégés, and a dozen have contributed to a new collection of essays espousing classical liberalism as essential to civic education and democracy. Patrick Keeney reviews Liberal Education, Civic Education, and the Canadian Regime.
Posted: April 22, 2016
Metis are granted full aboriginal rights. Euthanasia lobby seeks broader rights to assisted suicide. Boycotters demand bathroom rights for the transgendered. Court rules that mandatory minimum sentences violate the rights of criminals. All these rights issues made big national and international headlines in recent days. Our modern obsession with individual rights, untethered from responsibilities, exalts self-interest at the expense of the public interest, writes Patrick Keeney, making it ever harder to sustain a functional democracy.
Posted: September 3, 2015
Perhaps befitting the leader of a party hunting middle-of-the-road votes, Justin Trudeau avoids ideology in his rhetoric and his platform. That’s for the other guys, the “extremists” to his left and right, who are so driven by partisan dogma that it blinds them to the virtues of “evidence-based” public policy. Promising to rely on experts and “hard, scientific data” may help Trudeau overcome doubts about his competence to be prime minister. But most voters want to know what their leaders believe in, writes Patrick Keeney, and the risk for Trudeau is that they will conclude he believes in nothing.
Posted: July 8, 2015
For many decades Canadian politics have maintained a sort of triangulated equilibrium featuring two centrist parties regularly swapping power while a centre-left party languished in opposition, occasionally holding the balance of power. Recent history suggests, however, that our democracy is edging towards a sharper left-right competition between “conservatives” and “progressives”. Patrick Keeney examines the origins of this divide in his review of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and The Birth of Right and Left.
Posted: January 18, 2015
Everyone agrees the Charlie Hebdo satirists did not deserve to be murdered for ridiculing Islamist extremism. But as the frequency of terrorist attacks in western countries increases, everyone also agrees we must address the radicalization that is causing so much political violence in the name of Allah. Patrick Keeney writes that free expression must not be constrained in examining the connection between the Islamic religion and Islamist terror: Peter Stockland argues that a less confrontational approach focussed on Islamist ideology, rather than the Islamic religion, is less likely to provoke more radicalization and violence.
Posted: November 30, 2014
Many in the West were once inclined to appease communism and fascism because they promised a secular materialist utopia, which was a great comfort to a post-religious society confused and uncertain about the purpose and meaning of life. Besides, appeasement was easier than confrontation. The same mindset now cripples our response to radical Islam, writes Patrick Keeney, by deluding us into thinking that jihadi terrorism, at home and abroad, has little to do with the Muslim religion, and much more to do with materialist causes like poverty, inequality or “social exclusion.” This delusion blinds us to the true menace of Islamist “religious totalitarianism.”
Posted: October 23, 2013
Canada’s itinerant philosopher king reveals some home truths about modern Canadian politics.
Posted: October 5, 2013
Domestic students are paying a dialectical price in internationalized classrooms.
Book Review: Why conservatives should conserve the environment: C2C Journal reviews Roger Scruton’s new book
Posted: February 5, 2013
The left has long monopolized the debate on how best to conserve the environment. But Roger Scruton argues that environmental salvation depends upon the notion of personal responsibility rooted in a shared love for our home. Patrick Keeney reviews Scruton’s new book, How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism…
Posted: March 19, 2012
In this wide-ranging account, the economic historian Niall Ferguson sets out to explain the rise of Western civilization, as well as defend its achievements from the enervating effects of multiculturalism, post-modernism and post-colonialism. Ferguson argues that the economic, social and political institutions of the West still provide the best hope for guaranteeing lives which are meaningful and rewarding, and for solving the problems the modern world faces.
Posted: August 24, 2011
Not every claim to a “ right” deserves a hearing. Political Scientist Patrick Keeney looks at the recent UK riots and finds that “rights-talk” without responsibility leads to the morally obtuse—the ones on display on that side of the Atlantic…
Posted: May 3, 2010
Condescension, character assassination and conspiracy theories have dominated the debate over global warming. Maybe it’s time for goodwill in the debate argues Patrick Keeney…
Book Review: An excess of stupidity, and not from nature: Why moderns should watch out for intellectuals
Posted: March 23, 2010
In his new book, Thomas Sowell argues Intellectuals can be bad for society’s health, in part because they are often the most credulous, the most prone to “bad and counterfeit” thinking, and least able to see past the conventional pieties of the age…..
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