Pit of Truth

Musings from the shadow of the Cathedral

When Men Are No Longer Men

There is a major problem with men these days. No it isn’t sexism, or racism, or any of the other usual bugbears trotted out by the post-modern left to demonize the male half of the species. The problem with men today is that a very large number of them are no longer working. According to the most recent studies of the labour force participation rate, up to a third of working age men are not actually working these days, a level last seen only during the depths of the Great Depression. Read the rest of this entry »

On Trade

Were a time traveller from twenty years ago view the state of politics today he or she would likely be forgiven for being confused. Only a mere two decades ago, in the golden days of the ’90s, free trade was the undisputed golden calf of politics in the Western world. It was one of the unquestioned foundations of political discourse that the more trade there was, and the more free it was, the more better off all parties involved would be; the only blasphemers to this gospel being a few militant trade unionists and college Marxists on the left and cranky Ross Perot types on the right. Read the rest of this entry »

The Decline of Masculine Virtue

In the past I have certainly made no effort to hide the fact that I have a very low opinion of both feminism and the state of modern womanhood. The hollowing out of society that is otherwise known as modernity has certainly had a pronounced and negative effect on the fairer sex. What is just as bad, but remarked on far less though, is how the same criticism can be applied to men. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Broke With Libertarianism

A friend of mine recently shared with me a meme detailing the four stages of Red Pilling: conventional conservative to libertarian to alt-right to reactionary. We both had a bit of a chuckle over how I’d apparently skipped stage three and gone straight to the end. In my late teens and early twenties I was certainly fully on board the libertarian train. I was a huge admirer of Ayn Rand. I quoted Milton Freedman and Margaret Thatcher and Fredrich Hayek. The welfare states? That was a road to serfdom. Society? No much thing. Social responsibility? A made up illusion the poor and the weak used to guilt trip the rich and the strong (that I was one of the latter went without question in my mind).

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The Revenge Of History

Several years ago, in the days when I still had a full head of hair, as a young freshman at university I read an exert of Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man” for my PoliSci 101 course. By now anyone of even modest intellect is aware of his general thesis that the great historical debates of politics and values had come to an end; liberal democratic capitalism had triumphed, leaving the cold bodies of its challengers in its wake, and while time would march on as it always had history in meaningful sense had reached its conclusion. A new Jerusalem had been built in the form of stripmalls and the McDonald’s Golden Arches, and we all would worship before it.

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Islamism Has No Race

It seems that even my own tranquil country of Canada is not immune from the symptoms of this summer of terror that has beset the world. On Wednesday the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, acting on a tipoff regarding an imminent terror threat, descended on the town of Strathroy, Ontario. A shootout occurred, and when it was done one suspect was dead and another man (the driver of the taxi he was in) was injured. At this time it is still unclear whether the suspect died of his gunshot wounds or from the detonation of an explosive device he was carrying (a second unexploded one was also found in his possession).
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Michel Houellebecq’s Submission: A Review

The year is 2022, and France has seen the election of an openly Islamist President whose first act is to enact dramatic educational reforms including the firing of all female staff from the Sorbonne & demanding all professors convert to Islam to retain their positions. No, this is not some nightmarish scenario being predicted by some right-wing extremist but rather the setting of Michel Houellebecq’s 2015 novel Submission. Having recently had the joy of reading it over the long weekend, I could not resist making it the subject of my first literary review.

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