• This year’s defeat of populist-nationalist parties in elections in France and Holland, and their apparent political setbacks elsewhere, has been hailed as evidence that the recent surge of far right movements has ended. But the things that fuelled it – terrorism, refugee migration, working class anxieties – haven’t gone away. And in Donald Trump’s America, many countries in Europe, and even parts of Canada, populist-nationalism remains a potent and growing political force, especially among young people. It would be a mistake to dismiss it, writes Patrick Speck.

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  • German-American anthropologist Franz Boas demonstrated over a century ago that nurture matters much more than nature in determining who we are. Thanks in large part to that idea racism was discredited for a long time. Now it’s fashionable again, including in, of all places, our university anthropology departments. McGill University anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman explains.

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  • Aboriginal grievance and entitlement stories made a lot of news in Canada in June. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renamed National Aboriginal Day as National Indigenous Peoples Day. He also renamed his office to erase its historic link to Hector Langevin, an architect of the residential schools system. And he gave the old American embassy in Ottawa to native groups. Still aboriginal activists weren’t satisfied. So they badgered an apology out of Governor General David Johnston for calling First Nations peoples immigrants. Which left Ettore Fiorani and Paul Bunner wondering, where on or off earth do these insatiably aggrieved activists come from?

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  • 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.

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  • Donald Trump didn’t invent the post-truth phenomenon, he’s just a symptom of it. The current epidemic of truthlessness was conceived in post-modernism, gestated in our legal and academic institutions, and hatched in our own brains. Former Stephen Harper speechwriter Nigel Hannaford recently examined these hard truths in a presentation to students at Royal Roads University.

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  • Donald Trump opened his first international tour as U.S. President with a speech in Saudi Arabia announcing that America is no longer in the business of arbitrating and enforcing liberal values around the world. Autocratic nationalist strongmen from Moscow to Istanbul to Beijing took note, and all hell broke loose in the Middle East. Henry Gray reports.

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  • In 1972 Lou Reed offended conservatives with his hit Walk on the Wild Side, an admiring ode to his transgendered friend Holly, who left Miami as a he and became a she on the way to New York. In 2017 the song has offended progressives as a transphobic example of cultural appropriation. Madison McSweeney explains what a long, strange trip it’s been from conservative censorship to progressive censorship.

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  • Canada’s Liberal government announced a wholesale makeover of foreign and defence policy this week that repudiated much of what they ran on in 2015. Instead of cheap soft power diplomacy, they’re now promising expensive hard power militarism. It’s exactly what U.S. President Donald Trump wants Canada to do, but the Liberals say they’re doing it because they can’t depend on Trump to reliably defend the free world anyone. Whatever the case, writes Ettore Fiorani, this hawkish new Liberal doctrine is likely to go down badly with their voters and is therefore unlikely to last any longer than the Trump presidency.

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