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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Seeds of Liberty: The Marc Emery Story (Peter Jaworski)

Regular readers of this blog will know that the Western Standard is publishing Seeds of Liberty: The Marc Emery Story. In my last update, I announced that the co-author of the book is Dr. Michael Wagner, a Christian conservative who wrote the definitive history of the Canadian social conservative movement.

Today, I am happy to announce that the other author of this book is our very own Peter Jaworski, editor of the Western Standard. Below is Jaworski's impressive bio for those of you who don't already know his accomplishments:

Peter Jaworski is a PhD student in Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, an MA from the University of Waterloo, and a BA(H) from Queen's University. He was a visiting instructor at the College of Wooster, an instructor in Canadian Studies at Bowling Green State University, and teaches philosophy, also at Bowling Green State University.

Jaworski won the Felix Morley Journalism competition in 2003. He has been published in the Reader's Digest, the National Post, the Western Standard, the Fraser Forum, and was a columnist at the Orono Weekly Times for three years. He was co-anchor of Political Animals, a weekly political talk show on 88.9 WBGU-FM for three years. He is the current editor of the Western Standard online.

He was a 2002 Charles G. Koch Fellow placed as a health care research intern at the Cato Institute. He interned twice with the Fraser Institute, for the Canadian Statistical Assessment Service, as well as Children First: School Choice Trust. In 2003, Jaworski was a policy analyst with the International Policy Network in London, England. He was a 2007 research assistant at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center. In 2009, Jaworski worked as a research assistant for Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington.

As I wrote here, "[Dr.] Wagner has done an excellent job documenting the complete Marc Emery story, but the libertarian tone and sympathetic treatment of Emery in the book is largely the responsibility of his co-author." That's Jaworski, of course.

Now who should write the foreword for this book? Thoughts?

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 25, 2009 | Permalink


No let's not pretend he was anything like Pablo Escobar. He's nothing like him. Emery is more like a common street drug pusher.

Why didn't Emery just keep safer by restricting his activities to local markets? If he had a good reliable market, it makes no sense to risk it all on a political statement. The whole enterprise was absolutely futile. He'll rot in jail for several years and come out even more of a failure.

He became very arrogant, possibly fueled by his drug addictions, and thought no harm would come to him because of his citizenship. If so, he totally misread the law and the politics of the time. Blaming the party in power was costly, since the Liebral/NDP/Green Party is all for show, willing to talk anti-US but not willing to do anything about it. They wouldn't save him even if they had to.

Emery makes me as ashamed to have Canadian citizenship as the fascist white Ontarians who segregate their schools and ban books. God Bless America for doing what is right in this, and many other cases.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-11-30 1:44:02 PM

"it makes no sense to risk it all on a political statement."

I would not want you near me in any wars, ZP.

"He became very arrogant, possibly fueled by his drug addictions"

And what's your excuse for your own misplaced arrogance regarding Emery...?

"Emery makes me as ashamed to have Canadian citizenship"

I guess you're alone in the corner once again ZP considering the number of negative comments directed at you by fellow Canadians on each treads.

"as the fascist white Ontarians"
Even I, a Québec séparatissssss, don't fall for this one. Saying it 3 times a day dosen't makes it more real.

"God Bless America for doing what is right in this, and many other cases."


Posted by: Marc | 2009-11-30 2:42:59 PM

"The best approach to smoking pot is a Pro-Choice approach." Ben Grim

Posted by: 1286 | 2009-12-20 9:41:21 PM

I'll tell you this. The Western Standard can honour as much free speech as they like but supporting M.Shane and Zeb doesn't really encourage people who know Marc from the old days to help you with your book. I think you're gonna be a few thousand funny stories short because of Shane and Zeb. Sorry, can't help.

Posted by: Sir Wilfrid Laurier | 2009-12-22 1:02:59 AM

Thank you for contacting the Western Standard!

I'll get back to you as soon as possible.


Matthew Johnston

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Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-12-22 1:04:35 AM

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