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the COVID-19 crisis has brought the question of the role of the state back into sharp focus. Under neoliberalism, the state is reduced to an almost Robert-Nozick-style minimum, its role simply to steward the economy (almost exclusively through fiscal policy and free trade negotiations alone). The neoliberal state is a...

I’ve been trying to understand how the room-rental to transphobic speakers at Toronto Public Library and the “airport-style” security implemented at Winnipeg Public Library are connected, first to each other, and then to the dominant conception of intellectual freedom. This blog post is a “thinking aloud” about one way to...

In a Guardian article from this past Friday, Marina Hyde asked the question “What are the Conservatives conserving?” I’ve been reading some of the classic statements of conservatism recently - particularly Edmund Burke - and I think I’ve come to a realization: today’s conservatives are not conservative at all, in...

Michael Oakeshott (1901–1990) was, for a time, considered one of the foremost conservative thinkers of the Twentieth Century. He is little read now, but in any event he would likely have objected to the term “conservative thinker”. For Oakeshott, conservatism was a “disposition” rather than a political theory, still less...

Last night (October 15), Donald Trump took part in a town-hall style Q&A rather than participate in a virtual or online presidential debate. At one point, moderator Savannah Guthrie questioned Trump on his retweet of a conspiracy theory that “[Joe] Biden orchestrated to have Seal Team 6 killed to cover...