According to the American classicist and commentator Victor Davis Hanson, the disinterested reporting of events – what previous generations called “journalism” — is no longer practiced in the United States. Instead, we now have something called the “media” consisting of wannabe celebrities who “espouse opinions on nearly everything while knowing almost nothing.” Such “journalists” labour under shrunken vocabularies but possess enormous self-regard such that “most could give an in-depth lecture on Botox, but are ignorant about the U.S. Constitution or basic facts of American history.” Readers can judge for themselves how close the parallels – or how sharp the divide – may be with Canadian journalism.
Day: May 19, 2019
In his prophetic 1995 book The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, historian Christopher Lasch argued that America’s professional and managerial elites had abandoned the middle classes, isolating themselves in enclaves of privilege. By last year, Fox News’ commentator Tucker Carlson had found the phenomenon so far advanced that, as he wrote in his book Ship of Fools, “Trump’s election wasn’t about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America’s ruling class.” In the Claremont Review of Books, Michael Anton examines the Tucker Carlson phenomenon, and why many now consider him the “de facto leader of the conservative movement.”
Among the crowded field of contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee are four big-city mayors. Yet such candidates have little chance, in part because American cities are suffering from a myriad of afflictions, including gross income inequalities, which are driving out middle-class and working-class families. In a recent study, not one construction worker could afford a median-priced house in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or surrounding areas. In an essay with distinct overtones for Canadian big-city politics, Joel Kotkin argues in City Journal that for cities to remain emblematic of society, they need to attract and nurture the middle-class.
The Daughters of the Vote’s most recent get-together in Ottawa in April descended into a toxic mix of identity politics, name-calling and virtue-signalling. Although we are mistaken to see women as the redeeming angels of popular myth, writes Tasha Kheiriddin, we still need their unique voice and political talent. Fortunately, Canada has a long tradition of capable female politicians to serve as models for our aspiring leaders of both sexes.