Grace & Steel Ep 51: Whither Canada? With Bill Marchant

Episode 51 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links) and on YouTube. My guest is Bill Marchant, who writes the Northern Reaction blog and hosts a lively Twitter account. He is a member of Canada’s small (but growing) AltRight, and so I began by asking him why Canada is so pozzed.

And how pozzed is that? There are no conservative voices in the Canadian MSM. They have all been purged over the last decade. Or, like Michael Coren, they have recognized which way the wind is blowing and have become eligible for “Strange New Respect” awards. “Right-wing” Canadian pundits are all “fiscally conservative but socially liberal”—but as we saw after the 2008 economic crisis, their fiscal conservatism is entirely notional. Suffice to say that Ross Douthat is far further to the Right than is permitted in my country—and he writes for the New York Times.

How did this happen? Canada, unlike the United States, has always been a consensus country. That consensus was, until the 1960s, fairly conservative, though it did not manifest the perennial American suspicion of big government. Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, the Liberal prime ministers who led Canada from 1963 to 1984, turned that consensus on its head. All the attributes formerly associated with Canada were deemed not Canadian (and vice versa), and those who protested the revolution were deemed un-Canadian—traitors, really.

Marchant told me that Canada has become the globalist laboratory, particularly with regard to the theory and practice of multiculturalism. It is no coincidence that Justin Trudeau (son of Pierre and our simple-minded current prime minister) has declared Canada to be the world’s “first post-national state.” He explained

There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada. There are shared values—openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice.

In other words, Liberalism or Death! Canada is the country where boutique enthusiasms (such as gay marriage) become defining national characteristics within a decade. Justin Trudeau is correct that Canada is not a nation (although Quebec has been recognized formally as such). It is a multiethnic, multilingual, multinational empire. It is increasingly totalitarian, a place where a comedian is fined $42,000 for making a joke, where white people are being purged from its two major, formerly English-speaking, cities of Toronto and Vancouver and where unelected courts legalize prostitution and euthanasia, ban believers in God from making political decisions and rule that truth is not a defence to the accusation of “hate speech.”

So what, if anything, is to be done? How could Canada get woke? Donald Trump could be elected President. The Canadian MSM has become ever-more hysterical regarding this possibility, and it’s not because they’re worried about the future of the land of the free and the home of the brave. No, it’s because Trump’s triumph, like Brexit, would suggest that the end of global Leftist hegemony is at hand. Even in that happy event, however, we should never discount Canadian duplicity. Brian Mulroney passed himself off as another Thatcher or Reagan but after becoming prime minister in 1984 he proceeded to extend and amplify the one-party liberal state; for example, mandating racial quotas in federal and federally-regulated hiring.

A second possibility is rebellion. The advantage of the consensus polity is that, as Pearson and Trudeau proved, any change in the consensus can be quick and all pervading. I fully expect that within a decade the Supreme Court of Canada will rule that Christian churches must marry homosexuals or forfeit their statutory privileges (for a start). Should any Canadian government (federal or provincial) refuse to accept this ruling, a constitutional crisis would be initiated. In 1995, shortly after our last constitutional crisis, Quebec came within 54,000 votes of secession.

A third possibility (the most likely, in my opinion) is economic collapse. Even after continuous juking of the stats, Canada barely manages to avoid a depression. We never recovered from 2008 and that was before the collapse of oil prices in 2014. The Canadian provinces east of Manitoba are dependent on “transfer payments” from the “have” provinces in order to survive. Problem is, we’re running out of “haves,” with Alberta and Saskatchewan joining the “have-nots” by 2017. British Columbia alone is not rich enough to support the rest of Canada—even if it wanted to. In the event, our courts continue to grant aboriginals great though undefined power over resource industries, and the resulting uncertainty will devastate Canada’s mining, oil and natural gas industries.

Bill Marchant agrees that Canada as currently constituted may not survive, but argues that the Canadian people are strong and will forge new and superior political arrangements. I hope he’s right.

Wrestling with yet another dying computer prevented me from delivering to you a write-up of Grace & Steel Episode 50, wherein Kevin Steel and I have great fun with the MSM’s insistence that moribund Hillary Clinton is hale and hearty or fit as a fiddle or [your cliché here]. Ol’ Hill ain’t gettin’ any healthier any time soon, so this podcast remains as topical as ever. You can hear it on SoundCloud, at the 2Kevins website (with copious links) or on YouTube.

(This essay appeared originally at VDARE)

Strictly From Hunger

Editor’s Note: This article by Kevin Michael Grace about the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) first appeared in Chronicles Magazine, June 1, 2004

IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, A Season For Justice, Morris Dees describes his 1967 epiphany in snowbound Cincinnati. Dees was, at the time, a millionaire 31-year-old lawyer, salesman, and publisher. While he had “sympathized with the Civil Rights Movement,” he “had not become actively involved.” By the time he arrived in Chicago, however, he was determined to “specialize in civil rights law.” The defiant Dees declared: “It did not matter what my neighbors would think, or the judges, the bankers, or even my relatives.” Morris Dees contra mundum. Four decades later, it may be confidently stated that, whatever neighbors, relatives, and judges might think, Dees’ bankers have no cause for complaint. Continue reading

Grace & Steel Podcast Episode 48: An Interview with Bumbling American

(Originally posted at Vdare)

Episode 48 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). My guest is the Twitter poster who goes by the handle Bumbling American. Yes, he is one of those pseudoanonymous “Twitter trolls” that the kids can’t stop talking about and our elite can’t stop being scandalized by. Despite his reputation, he is, as you will hear, quite a genial fellow. Continue reading

Peak Trudeau—Or, No Shirt, No Shoes, Yes, Service!

Many years ago, I read a rather good book by Edward Crankshaw called The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia’s Drift to Revolution, 1825–1917. It is, as the title suggests, an examination of Russian politics from the failure of the Decembrist revolt to the triumph of Lenin. Except that Crankshaw abandoned his narrative in December 1916 with the murder of Grigori Rasputin. Continue reading

Grace & Steel Podcast Episode 47: Everybody Hates Hillary

(Originally appeared on VDARE)

Episode 47 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). “She-Whose-Turn-It-Is” (as James Howard Kunstler calls her), having stolen the election from Bernie Sanders, was finally insinuated by the Democratic National Committee into the role of Democratic nominee for President, eight years after she was supposed to and 37 years after she first entered public life as First Lady of Arkansas. Continue reading

A Year Of Cinema: My 52 Favourite Films

Au hasard Balthazar
A regular feature of Grace & Steel, the podcast I cohost with Kevin Steel, is A Year of Cinema, wherein I discuss one of my 52 favourite films, one for each week of the year. And each week Mr Steel excerpts the movie talk from the podcast and creates a YouTube video for it. They are really quite well done.

What follows below is the complete list of 52 films in chronological order (with its Sight & Sound ranking, if applicable). Titles in bold are those which have been discussed and include links to their videos.

To ensure greater variety, each director is restricted to a single film. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I broke this rule once.

To be clear, my knowledge of cinema is hardly encyclopedic. And so this is not a list of the “best” films, merely those I like best. Ask me again in a few years, and this list could be rather different.

1927 Sunrise, FW Murnau (Sight & Sound #5)
1931 M, Fritz Lang (Sight & Sound #56)
1937 Make Way For Tomorrow, Leo McCarey
1941 Sullivan’s Travels, Preston Sturges
1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Michael Powell (Sight & Sound #93)
1944 Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder
1945 Dead of Night, Cavalcanti, Crichton, Dearden, Hamer
1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets, Robert Hamer (Sight & Sound #=171)
1949 Twelve O’Clock High, Henry King
1952 Ikiru, Akira Kurosawa (Sight & Sound #127)
1955 The Night of the Hunter, Charles Laughton (Sight & Sound #63)
1955 Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer (Sight & Sound #24)
1956 Bob le flambeur, Jean-Pierre Melville
1956 The Searchers, John Ford (Sight & Sound #7)
1957 Sweet Smell of Success, Alexander Mackendrick (Sight & Sound #=171)
1958 Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock (Sight & Sound #1)
1960 The Virgin Spring, Ingmar Bergman
1966 Au hasard Balthazar, Robert Bresson (Sight & Sound #16)
1966 The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo
1966 Blowup, Michelangelo Antonioni (Sight & Sound #144)
1966 Seconds, John Frankenheimer
1970 Deep End, Jerzy Skolimowski
1971 A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (Sight & Sound #=235)
1971 Dirty Harry, Don Siegel
1971 Straw Dogs, Sam Peckinpah
1973 The Day of the Jackal, Fred Zinnemann
1973 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Joseph Sargent
1975 Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick (Sight & Sound #59)
1978 Pagliacci, Franco Zeffirelli
1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, Werner Herzog
1981 The Aviator’s Wife, Éric Rohmer
1981 Excalibur, John Boorman
1983 Star 80, Bob Fosse
1984 Repo Man, Alex Cox
1985 After Hours, Martin Scorsese
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Paul Schrader
1986 Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources, Claude Berri
1987 RoboCop, Paul Verhoeven
1987 Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson
1988 Midnight Run, Martin Brest
1989 The ’Burbs, Joe Dante
1993 Tombstone, George Cosmatos
1994 Barcelona, Whit Stillman
1994 Red, Krzysztof Kieślowski (Sight & Sound #=235)
1999 Election, Alexander Payne
2000 Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe
2000 State and Main, David Mamet
2006 The Science of Sleep, Michel Gondry
2010 Let Me In, Matt Reeves
2010 Senna, Asif Kapadia
2010 The Trip, Michael Winterbottom
2010 True Grit, Coen Brothers