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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Book Review: Oh, Oh Canada!
A collection of Gairdner’s essays, Oh, Oh, Canada! is a well-written, cogent, intellectual defence of Canada’s traditions, values and freedoms that conservatives of all stripes would enjoy.
From Quebec nationalism to global warming; from the politics of sex to the basis of natural law; from Senate reform to the essence of morality, Gairdner provides the conservative perspective on key issues facing this country – and he does it all in less than 200 pages.
Of course, Gairdner, the former Olympic athlete, successful businessman, academic and now political philosopher, has a good track record when it comes to skewering the Left’s arguments.
His book The Trouble with Canada, for instance, was one of the most devastating critiques of Canada’s leftist economic and political failures ever written.
But in Oh, Oh Canada!, Gairdner goes beyond politics and economics, digging deeper to explain and defend the philosophic underpinnings of conservatism while at the same time exposing the logical fallacies of the Left.
In the process, the author provides powerful intellectual ammunition to those Canadians who value Western traditions and who wish to resist those forces which seek to undermine them.
Mind you, as a libertarian I didn’t agree with some of the book’s social conservative stances, but even then I found Gairdner’s arguments provocative and thought-provoking.
Anyway, if you want a concise, clearly written yet profound manifesto of Canadian conservatism, than Oh, Oh Canada! is for you.
Posted by Gerry Nicholls on March 5, 2008 | Permalink
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Gerry, what's the story behind the name of the book?
Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-03-05 10:06:10 AM
Kalim, pronounce it "Uh oh." Like when a kid spills a glass of water on your Klipsch RB-1 Home theatre.
Posted by: Pattern Recognition | 2008-03-05 10:16:46 AM
What I can not understand is when someone such as Mr. Gairdner or myself from time to time criticize you left wing liberal nuts and all you have to say is "Well, that is thought provoking."
When flat out we have proved you as wrong. Wrong in every sense of the law, wrong in every sense of the word and more specifically wrong in the moral majorities eyes.
And, then you go on to defend so called western liberalized democratic freedom by lying through your gritty teeth to positions of power and forcing the majority of us to both witness and live through your failed politics and embarrassing scandals over and over again.
When are you going to ask yourself the question, "Am I not a sociopath and sycophant if I continue to display erroneous truths as claims to my liberal power and glory?"
Ones that strive only to glorify your truly idiotic need to be in control of a country in order to serve but the very few who will benefit from your policy; The weak; the hungry; the stoned - the ones least suited and ill equipped to do anything for the rest of us.
It is the other way around my friend. We care for them through policy that cares for us; The strong, the intelligent; the sober - the powerful who by all means and measure still control the modicums of success behind the scenes of all political process.
Get off the donkey buddy because the bulldozers wanna build hospitals and factories and homes and businesses for all. But, only the Elephants can afford this. So, please let them.
Because, right now we don't even have enough doctors.
Norman Christian Hoffmann
Posted by: The American Illuminati | 2008-03-05 10:28:04 AM
All I could think of was the "Oh face" from Office Space, but I was pretty sure that wasn't the allusion.
Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-03-05 7:10:54 PM
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