ESR spotlight on Mark Wegierski

Recent articles by Mark Wegierski that have run in Enter Stage Right

2014

A poisoned imagination? (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the atrophy of real imagination in a media-dominated "cyberworld"

A poisoned imagination? (Part Three):  Mark Wegierski looks at the extremely important subgenre of cyberpunk

A poisoned imagination? (Part Two):  Mark Wegierski looks at some of the "darker" role-playing games

A poisoned imagination? (Part One):  Mark Wegierski examines the excess of "late modern" imageries in various subgenres of the fantastic

George Parkin Grant and Canada: In this year of anniversaries of three major Grant books, Mark Wegierski asks, has a more authentic traditionalism become impossible in current-day Canada?

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Twenty-Three): Mark Wegierski advances a possible major counter-argument to the main points of the series

Examining two possible strategies for success today -- networking vs. "borderdwelling": Mark Wegierski offers some strategic, sociology-based advice for persons of any defined outlook

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Twenty-Two): Mark Wegierski looks at the "dark future" board game, Shattered States

Seventy years since the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 – a précis of the role of Poland and the Poles in World War II (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the Uprising, and the aftermath of the war in Poland

Seventy years since the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 – a précis of the role of Poland and the Poles in World War II (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the Uprising, and the aftermath of the war in Poland

Seventy years since the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 – a précis of the role of Poland and the Poles in World War II (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at Poland under German and Soviet occupations

Seventy years since the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 – a précis of the role of Poland and the Poles in World War II (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at the beginning of the war, and Poland's contributions to the Allied war effort

What should the legacy of World War I, and its great battles such as Vimy Ridge, be for Canadians?: Mark Wegierski meditates on the war's possible meaning for Canada, 100 years after its outbreak

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Twenty-One): Mark Wegierski looks at three "dark future" boardgames

Visiting Torun, birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus: Mark Wegierski revives memories of a happier time in East-Central Europe, ten years ago

Polish-American relations – "American Day" in historic Polish town: Mark Wegierski revives memories of a happier time in East-Central Europe, ten years ago

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Twenty): Mark Wegierski looks at Twilight: 2000, which is now an alternative-history "dark future"

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Nineteen): Mark Wegierski looks at three more "dark future" RPGs

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Eighteen): Mark Wegierski now looks at some "dark futures" in gaming

A voyage to a land of history and deep meaning: On the 10th anniversary of Poland's accession to the E.U., Mark Wegierski recalls a nation steeped in remembrance of things past

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Seventeen): Mark Wegierski relates RPGs to notions of commodity and Virtual Reality

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Sixteen): Mark Wegierski looks at RPGs as part of the "pop culture wars"

On the 650th anniversary of the founding of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow – some notes on Polish higher education today: Mark Wegierski looks at post-secondary education in Poland, based partially on some personal experiences

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Fifteen): Mark Wegierski looks at some of the problems of "geeks" in North America – and the wide variety of "geek subgenres"

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Fourteen): Mark Wegierski looks mostly here at trading card games (TCGs) and live action roleplaying games (LARPs)

Cuspers – a new generational category proposed: Mark Wegierski suggests a new generational category that would fit in between two older ones

Tradition and ecology: Mark Wegierski explores some of the affinities between traditionalist and ecological thinking

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Thirteen): Mark Wegierski looks mostly at a broad variety of darker RPGs

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Twelve): Mark Wegierski looks mostly at some darker products of Steve Jackson Games, a major game company

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Eleven): Mark Wegierski looks at Hasbro's marketing efforts for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition, and the Fading Suns RPG

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Ten): Mark Wegierski looks especially at Games Workshop's Warhammer universe and roleplaying set within H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Nine): Mark Wegierski looks at some FASA products, including Shadowrun

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Eight): Mark Wegierski looks here mainly at White Wolf’s World of Darkness

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Seven): Mark Wegierski looks at the rising tide of dark themes, and points to a more positive Tolkienian series

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Six): Mark Wegierski begins surveying the gaming landscape as it evolved in the 1990s

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Five): Mark Wegierski contrasts  historical boardgames with role-playing games

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at issues of artistic realism in Dungeons and Dragons

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the "nine-point alignment system" in Dungeons and Dragons

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at Dungeons and Dragons, the first major role-playing game and one celebrating its 40th anniversary this year

A dark turn in the pop-culture? (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at various science fiction, fantasy, and gaming subgenres

Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2014: A conservative infrastructure is still lacking in Canada, says Mark Wegierski

2013

Examining the four main foci for traditionalist impulses in fantasy and science fiction (Part Five): Mark Wegierski looks at Romantic resistance to late modernity, and two classic dystopias

Examining the four main foci for traditionalist impulses in fantasy and science fiction (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at cyberpunk

Examining the four main foci for traditionalist impulses in fantasy and science fiction (Part Three): Mark Wegierski wonders whether neo-traditionalism is a future possibility, or if it is mostly confined to alternative-history

Examining the four main foci for traditionalist impulses in fantasy and science fiction (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at "feudal values plus high technology"

Examining the four main foci for traditionalist impulses in fantasy and science fiction (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at high fantasy and sword-and-sorcery

George Parkin Grant and Canada in process: 25 years since the passing of George Grant, Mark Wegierski asks, has a more authentic traditionalism become impossible in current-day Canada?

Labour Day: More to the left – more to the right: Mark Wegierski says that both the genuine left and the genuine right can celebrate Labour Day

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Nine): Mark Wegierski concludes by calling for a symbiosis of traditionalism and liberal democracy

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Eight): Mark Wegierski points to the almost insoluble dilemma of current-day "soft-totalitarianism"

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Seven): Mark Wegierski argues that liberals have usually been far more successful in politics than conservatives

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Six): Mark Wegierski looks at questions of how much force can be legitimately exercised in a society

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Five): Mark Wegierski examines some problems with liberal approaches to various types of violence

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Four): Mark Wegierski asks if the dice have been loaded against traditionalists and conservatives in current-day liberal democracy

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at how different definitions of violence can shape society

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part Two): Mark Wegierski begins his careful look at different types of violence in society

Violence and the civilized society: Conformity and dissidence in different societies (Part One): Mark Wegierski attempts to describe notions of the sovereign in traditional societies, and what happens to these when societies become non-traditional

Can there be today a properly balanced society and psyche?: As the warm exuberance of late-Spring arrives, Mark Wegierski looks at the sociology of romantic affinities

On the 325th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: The historical significance of the English Civil War (Part Six): Mark Wegierski traces the effects of the conflict through the centuries

On the 325th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: The historical significance of the English Civil War (Part Five): Mark Wegierski looks at the impact of Oliver Cromwell

On the 325th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: The historical significance of the English Civil War (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at economic/class, country/urban, and "ethnic" divisions in the conflict

On the 325th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: The historical significance of the English Civil War (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at political, dynastic, and territorial allegiances in the conflict

On the 325th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: The historical significance of the English Civil War (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at the religious divisions in the conflict

On the 325th anniversary of the Glorious Revolution: The historical significance of the English Civil War (Part One): Mark Wegierski introduces his new series

The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame – a précis (Part Five): Mark Wegierski looks at the exemplars of a media-tized society

The emergence of media: Humanity’s endgame – a précis (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the resistance to media

The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame – a précis (Part Three): Mark Wegierski suggests that media has undermined traditional literary-humanistic culture

The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame – a précis (Part Two): Mark Wegierski examines various aspects and dimensions of media

The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame – a précis (Part One): Mark Wegierski outlines a concerted critical theory of media

Viewpoints on technology and society (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at "rather pessimistic" and "very pessimistic" approaches to technology

Viewpoints on technology and society (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at "very optimistic" and "rather optimistic" approaches to technology

Viewpoints on technology and society (Part One): Mark Wegierski theorizes with a broad sweep about the interrelationships between technology and society

2012

In search of an independent left and right (Part Three): Mark Wegierski examines the convergences between authentic left and right

In search of an independent left and right (Part Two): Lower immigration and fiscal probity are not necessarily solely right-wing policies, Mark Wegierski argues

In search of an independent left and right (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at what the "anti-system opposition" may hold in common

Whither Québec? (Part Eleven): Mark Wegierski continues to look at different scenarios for the future of Quebec and the rest of Canada

Whither Québec? (Part Ten): Mark Wegierski continues to look at different scenarios for the future

Whither Québec? (Part Nine): Mark Wegierski looks at different scenarios for the future of Québec and Canada

Whither Québec? (Part Eight): Mark Wegierski looks at the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum, and its immediate aftermath

Whither Québec? (Part Seven): Mark Wegierski looks especially at the 1990s, and the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum

Whither Québec? (Part Six): Mark Wegierski points to some possibly contradictory elements of that province's nationalism

Whither Québec? (Part Five): Mark Wegierski examines more of the historical background which has seen Québec and the rest of Canada at loggerheads

Whither Québec? (Part Four): Mark Wegierski examines the appeal of the ADQ in 2007

Whither Québec? (Part Three): Was the political architecture of Confederation flawed from the start, asks Mark Wegierski

Whither Québec? (Part Two): Has that province's effect on Canada been generally anti-traditionalist, asks Mark Wegierski

Whither Québec?  (Part One): Mark Wegierski offers extensive historical background to the recent provincial election

George Grant and Canada in process: Eleven years after '9/11' Mark Wegierski reflects on the question -- has a more authentic traditionalism become impossible in current-day Canada?

Fukuyama, twenty-three years after: Some still unanswered philosophical questions (Part Two): Mark Wegierski argues that "the critique of modernity" is largely absent from Fukuyama

Fukuyama, twenty-three years after: Some still unanswered philosophical questions (Part One): Mark Wegierski questions whether Fukuyama has seriously looked at dystopias such as Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World"

Computers and society from the 1980s to today (Part Four): What kind of values will there be in a hyper-technological society, Mark Wegierski asks

Computers and society from the 1980s to today (Part Three): Technological advance might lead to dystopia, argues Mark Wegierski

Computers and society from the 1980s to today (Part Two): What is the relationship between society and technology, Mark Wegierski asks

Computers and society from the 1980s to today (Part One): Mark Wegierski argues that the computer and electronics revolution could lead to a totalitarian society

Comparing the texts and "realworld" contexts of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings and Frank Herbert's Dune (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the influences of the two works on pop-culture

Comparing the texts and "realworld" contexts of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings and Frank Herbert's Dune (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at some possible origins of the two creative visions

Comparing the texts and "realworld" contexts of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings and Frank Herbert's Dune (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at two of the greatest imaginative works of the Twentieth Century

The library and modern society in the 1980s – and beyond: Responses to mass media, mass society, and technology (Part Six): Have library institutions truly defended intellectual freedom, asks Mark Wegierski

The library and modern society in the 1980s – and beyond: Responses to mass media, mass society, and technology (Part Five): Mark Wegierski sees a society similar to Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" possibly taking shape today

The library and modern society in the 1980s – and beyond: Responses to mass media, mass society, and technology (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the pitfalls of technologization, politicization, and popularization

The library and modern society in the 1980s – and beyond: Responses to mass media, mass society, and technology (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at some defenders of the traditional library

The library and modern society in the 1980s – and beyond: Responses to mass media, mass society, and technology (Part Two): Mark Wegierski sounds a warning – technology might undermine "the Library"

The library and modern society in the 1980s – and beyond: Responses to mass media, mass society, and technology (Part One): Mark Wegierski presents his 2012 "Foreword" to an essay originally from 1985

The professor and the philosopher (Part Two): Mark Wegierski concludes his pithy essay in defence of George Parkin Grant

The professor and the philosopher (Part One): Mark Wegierski's essay arose out of a piece defending George Parkin Grant that the Toronto Globe and Mail had refused to publish

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at how Grant criticizes both capitalism and socialism from a traditionalist perspective

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part Three): Mark Wegierski continues his look at the ideas of Gad Horowitz, an old-fashioned socialist, and how they overlap with those of Grant

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks mainly at the ideas of Gad Horowitz, an old-fashioned socialist, and how they overlap with those of Grant

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at the complex Canadian critic of technology and America and his possible appeal to social democrats

Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism (Part Five): Mark Wegierski looks at the apocalyptic-dystopic potentialities of current-day liberalism

Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism (Part Four): Mark Wegierski lays out the stark choices before us

Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at various genres of resistance to late modernity

Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism (Part Two): Mark Wegierski continues his look at the 1980s – an unhappy time for conservatives in Canada

Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks back to the 1980s – a highly frustrating time for Canadian conservatives

Traditionalist social philosophy – a sketch of an idea (Part Five): Mark Wegierski looks at the apocalyptic-dystopic potentialities of left-liberalism

Traditionalist social philosophy – a sketch of an idea (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the crucial concept of "the Vital Center" in his continuing series

Traditionalist social philosophy – a sketch of an idea (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at culture and virtue

Traditionalist social philosophy – a sketch of an idea (Part Two): Mark Wegierski continues his look at traditionalist philosophy

Traditionalist social philosophy – a sketch of an idea (Part One): Mark Wegierski offers his thoughts on a synthesis of traditionalist philosophy

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada? (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the third main pillar, the mass-education system and its attitudes towards Christianity and its followers

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada?  (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the second pillar of the system, the juridical environment and its attitudes towards Christianity and its followers

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada?  (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at the first pillar of the Canadian system, the media environment and its attitudes towards Christianity and its followers

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada? (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at the ethical challenges for sincerely-believing Christians of living in accord with their faith in current-day Canada

2011

A comparison of the conservative traditions in America and Canada (Part Four): Mark Wegierski contrasts the trajectories of social change in Canada and the U.S., as well as the possible resistance

A comparison of the conservative traditions in America and Canada (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the years from the late-1990s to today in Canadian conservatism and the earthshaking events that changed everything

A comparison of the conservative traditions in America and Canada (Part Two): Mark Wegierski surveys the Canadian political scene from 1963 to the 1990s

A comparison of the conservative traditions in America and Canada (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at the divergent paths of development of American and Canadian flavours of conservatism

Separatist tendencies in Canada: Their origins, development, and future (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at separatist tendencies outside Quebec

Separatist tendencies in Canada: Their origins, development, and future (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at developments in Quebec after 1984

Separatist tendencies in Canada: Their origins, development, and future (Part One): Canada's liberalism may actually encourage separatism, argues Mark Wegierski

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Six): Mark Wegierski concludes his series by examining the rise of Stephen Harper, the current prime minister of Canada

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Five): Mark Wegierski examines the rise and fall of Stockwell Day

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks mostly at the 1990s in Canada and Ontario

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at Canadian political icons Liberal Pierre Trudeau and Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Two): Mark Wegierski argues that Canada has been undergoing revolutionary changes since the 1960s

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part One): Mark Wegierski begins a long series of articles about Canada

The 'Fall of Rome' and the 'Decline of the West': Mark Wegierski offers a sharp-edged look at current-day problems, for the "9/12" crowd

The crisis in art and culture, ten years after '9/11': Mark Wegierski brings attention to the critical importance of the cultural struggle in "the West"

Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism: A conservative infrastructure in the Great White North is still lacking, says Mark Wegierski

The Internet: Boon or bane to serious discourse? (Part Two): Mark Wegierski continues to look at the question, can the Internet generate real resistance to current-day trends, or does it mainly just accentuate them?

The Internet: Boon or bane to serious discourse? (Part One): Mark Wegierski asks, can the Internet generate real resistance to current-day trends, or does it mainly just accentuate them?

A cogent look at Hitler and Stalin – as mega-killers and mutual enablers: Sixty-seven years since the launch of the fateful Warsaw Uprising of 1944, Mark Wegierski offers a somber review of a very important book, Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

A comparison of the prospects of the 'broader right' in Canada and the United States (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the weakness of the Canadian conservative infrastructures

A comparison of the prospects of the 'broader right' in Canada and the United States (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at mass education and mass media in both countries

A comparison of the prospects of the 'broader right' in Canada and the United States (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at multiculturalism and varied types of "affirmative-action"-type policies in Canada

A comparison of the prospects of the 'broader right' in Canada and the United States (Part One): Despite the fact that they have formed a majority government in the May election, Mark Wegierski still sees little hope for the Canadian Right

The lost Dominion: Mark Wegierski examines Canada's massive repudiation of its traditions

Some thoughts on the search for balance in society, personality, and romance: As the sultry summer begins, Mark Wegierski looks at the sociology of romance

`Third parties' in Canada (Part Four): Mark Wegierski continues his look at "third parties" in Canada, especially the NDP, which won 103 seats in the 2011 Canadian federal election – thus becoming a "second party"

Third parties' in Canada (Part Three): In this installment of his latest series, Mark Wegierski looks mainly at "third parties" in Western Canada

`Third parties' in Canada (Part Two): Continuing his overview of the outsiders of Canadian politics, Mark Wegierski looks mainly here at "third parties" in Quebec

`Third parties' in Canada (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at "third parties" in Canada, especially Preston Manning's Reform Party -- which some consider to have effectively become the "first party" in the 2011 Canadian federal election

In search of true federalism in Canada: Old Canada, New Canada, and `Canada Three': As Harper begins policy planning for the Tory majority government, Mark Wegierski argues that an uplifting synthesis of the Old and New Canada is needed

"Death or Victory" now await: Mark Wegierski notes that after winning a parliamentary majority after decades of negativity, the right in Canada now faces a "world-defining" struggle

More to the left – more to the right: In this week following May Day, Mark Wegierski argues that Canada's social-democratic NDP has mostly fallen away from its old roots

Nesting ecological issues within notions of culture and tradition: Mark Wegierski notes some of the affinities between traditionalist and ecological thinking

The longstanding Liberal hegemony in Canada – and the challenges to it: As the 2011 federal election campaign is underway, Mark Wegierski says that the hopes for real change in Canada are rather thin

In Memoriam: Katyn (1940) and Katyn (2010): Oskar Chomicki and Mark Wegierski present a translation from Polish to commemorate the Polish plane tragedy of April 10, 2010

2010

A Bush "post-mortem" – Part Three: With the release of Dubya's new book Decision Points, Mark Wegierski voices again the conservative case against George W. Bush

A Bush "post-mortem" – Part Two: As Dubya releases his book Decision Points, Mark Wegierski re-states the conservative case against George W. Bush

A Bush "post-mortem" – Part One: As Dubya releases his book Decision Points, Mark Wegierski re-articulates the conservative case against George W. Bush

What remains creative in the heritage of Marx's thought -- Part Three: Mark Wegierski argues that the Old Left was largely socially conservative

What remains creative in the heritage of Marx's thought – Part Two: Mark Wegierski applies Marxist class analysis to the Sixties and East-Central Europe

What remains creative in the heritage of Marx's thought – Part One: Just in time for the G8/G20 summits, Mark Wegierski calmly begins his review of Marx's ideas

Some thoughts on Herbert Marcuse vs. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World: Mark Wegierski hypothesizes what Frankfurt School thinker Marcuse could say about Aldous Huxley's dystopia

Some notes on East Asian cosmology, society, and economy – Part Two: Mark Wegierski speculates about the future of China, Japan, and the world

Some notes on East Asian cosmology, society, and economy – Part One: In the first of a two-part series Mark Wegierski looks eastward

2009

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Seventeen – Conclusion: Mark Wegierski asks whether serious SF may play a heuristic role in regard to suggesting different future scenarios

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Sixteen – Canadian Speculative Fiction: Mark Wegierski looks at possible definitions of a distinctly Canadian speculative fiction

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Fifteen – Pop-culture, from aliens to vampires: Mark Wegierski looks at everything from a popular SF role-playing game to several very divergent subgenres of movies

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Fourteen – A variety of films and TV shows: Mark Wegierski looks at a variety of movies and TV shows, including the spy thriller subgenre

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Thirteen – Olaf Stapledon; 1968 cinema; and four women's main speculative worlds:

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Twelve – Grandmasters of SF: Mark Wegierski looks at some writing and films mostly of the 1940s-1980s

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Eleven – The origins of SF and fantasy: Mark Wegierski looks mostly here at H. G. Wells and Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Ten – Three key works: Mark Wegierski looks at three critically-important dystopias through the eyes of three major works

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Nine – Alternative History: Mark Wegierski looks at the subgenre of uchronia or "counterfactual history"

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Eight – Some antecedents to cyberpunk: Mark Wegierski looks at a subgenre of resistance to late modernity

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Seven – Cyberpunk: Mark Wegierski examines the subgenre of "future shock"

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Six – Some notable SF works: Do SF scenarios presage a possible return to tradition in the future, asks Mark Wegierski

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Five – Dune and current-day reality: Mark Wegierski examines the sociopolitical implications of Frank Herbert's masterwork

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Four – Fantasy in pop-culture; military SF; and space opera: Mark Wegierski looks at a broad variety of genres

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Three – Subgenres of fantasy: Mark Wegierski looks at various fantasy subgenres

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part Two – Utopia, dystopia, fantasy, and reality: Do these genres express a yearning for a better world, Mark Wegierski asks

Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy: Part One – The 'selective' nature of today's world: In honor of the Moon landing anniversary, Mark Wegierski begins a multi-week series

Have late modern values and technology made great art impossible?: Part Two: Mark Wegierski searches for signs of hope amid the ruins

Have late modern values and technology made great art impossible?: Part One: Mark Wegierski looks at current-day art as a reflection of current-day societies

Down with the therapeutic left and the managerial right! (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at the question, is capitalism conservative?

Down with the therapeutic left and the managerial right! (Part One): Mark Wegierski examines what authentic conservatism and genuine social democracy may hold in common

Star Trek: Cultural vector and Hollywood cash-cow (Part Five): Mark Wegierski wonders where the future of Star Trek – and of the real world – is headed

Star Trek: Cultural vector and Hollywood cash-cow (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at Trek's very enthusiastic fans, and at various "alternative-Treks"

Star Trek: Cultural vector and Hollywood cash-cow (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks again at various aspects of Star Trek's liberalism and notes some real-world parallels

Star Trek: Cultural vector and Hollywood cash-cow (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at the less and more liberal aspects of Star Trek, especially in Deep Space 9 and Voyager

Star Trek: Cultural vector and Hollywood cash-cow (Part One): Just in time for the new Trek movie, Mark Wegierski takes a closer look at the whole phenomenon

Space exploration, technology, and the possible futures of humanity: Part Five: Mark Wegierski asks if even a withering of technology may follow the social and cultural decline of some current-day societies

Space exploration, technology, and the possible futures of humanity: Part Four: Mark Wegierski defends nature and history as vital for a truly humane future

Space exploration, technology, and the possible futures of humanity: Part Three: Mark Wegierski asks whether technological advance will be likely to continue if Western civilization collapses

Space exploration, technology, and the possible futures of humanity: Part Two: Mark Wegierski looks at issues of language and religion in the future

Space exploration, technology, and the possible futures of humanity (Part One): Mark Wegierski tries to take a very long-run view of humanity’s future

2008

Work, holidays, leisure, recreation, and the search for meaning in late modernity: Part Three: Mark Wegierski points to the curiously uneven dictates of the current-day "market"

Work, holidays, leisure, recreation, and the search for meaning in late modernity: Part Two: Mark Wegierski criticizes a society of consumption and "de-industrialization"

Work, holidays, leisure, recreation, and the search for meaning in late modernity: Part One: Mark Wegierski begins his look at creative labor and meaningful recreation

Megatrends and megatraumas: Mark Wegierski offers a quick sketch of some of the major world-issues – technology; urbanization and migration; media; tribalism; and violence

The dilemma of hypermodernity and problems of left/right (Part Two): Is there a convergence between the true right and the better aspects of social democracy, asks Mark Wegierski

The dilemma of hypermodernity and problems of left/right (Part One): Mark Wegierski tries to grapple with the conceptual implications of the financial crisis, suggesting there are difficulties with conventional views of Left and Right

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Eight: Mark Wegierski criticizes the so-called "rainbow coalition" approach, but also rejects a "unimodal" view of community

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Seven: Mark Wegierski points to certain dilemmas of current-day Canadian multiculturalism

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Six: Mark Wegierski looks at the question of nations' evolution over time – and if modernity rather than premodernity is more prone to genocide

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Five: Mark Wegierski suggests a dialogue among different definitions of community and identity today

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Four: Is current-day society ruled by a liberal oligarchy, asks Mark Wegierski – and are there similarities between conservative and social democratic critiques of the system

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Three: Mark Wegierski looks at questions of the particular vs. the universal, and at the morality of nations

Community and identity in late modernity: Part Two: Mark Wegierski looks at the discourse of decadence, whether socialization determines people entirely, and "global civil society"

Community and identity in late modernity: Part One: Mark Wegierski begins his sociological-type look at current-day society

Remembering Arthur C. Clarke and 2001: A Space Odyssey: While a brilliant speculative thinker, Clarke’s understanding of the role of religion in history was a bit thin, argues Mark Wegierski

Presidential insurgency-candidacies from 1992 to 2008: Mark Wegierski examines the recent history of insurgent candidates in American elections and wonders if Ron Paul can still have an impact on this election

2007

The emergence of Media: Humanity's Endgame (Part Three): Mark Wegierski raises the uncomfortable question if pop-Americanization through media is attenuating the sense of true humanity?

The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame (Part Two): Are the advertising, entertainment, and information functions converging, asks Mark Wegierski

The emergence of media: Humanity's endgame (Part One): Mark Wegierski takes a look at mass-media today, with a grand theoretical sweep

Transgressive technologies: Part Four: Mark Wegierski notes an element that is often ignored in dystopian scenarios of the future – the possible intensification of current-day political-correctness

Transgressive technologies: Part Three: Environmental degradation and nanotech are both part of the war against Nature, argues Mark Wegierski

Death world: Just in time for Halloween, Mark Wegierski presents a review of T. P. Bragg's The White Rooms -- a tale of the courageous fight for humanity in a baroque, post-apocalyptic setting of a medical and genetic engineering catastrophe

Transgressive technologies: Part Two: With a wide theoretical sweep, Mark Wegierski looks at some further perils of technology

Transgressive technologies: Part One: With a wide theoretical sweep, Mark Wegierski examines some of the main questions concerning technology today

Freedom, order, and security in a globalized world: Part Three: The possibly emerging global culture society will be far from utopia, argues Mark Wegierski

Freedom, order, and security in a globalized world: Part Two: Modern technology has greatly intensified a sense of dire threat to world politics, argues Mark Wegierski

Freedom, order, and security in a globalized world: Part One: The planet faces vast cultural struggles over definitions of freedom, order, and security, argues Mark Wegierski

A look at Canadian toryism vs. American neoconservatism: Before the Internet, notes Mark Wegierski, dissenting ideas "outside the consensus" simply couldn't publicly appear anywhere in Canada

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part Five: Mark Wegierski looks at an important question – in what sense is Canada a nation?

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part Four: Mark Wegierski now looks at the Atlantic region, which has an ambiguous relationship with Ottawa

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part Three: Mark Wegierski looks at the long struggle of Western Canada for a serious voice in Ottawa

Regionalism and Nationalism in Canada – Part Two: Mark Wegierski examines the tensions between Ottawa and Western Canada, especially Alberta

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part One: In this new series of articles, Mark Wegierski examines the tensions between different regions in Canada

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Seven: Mark Wegierski asks a big question – is there a future for conservatism in Canada – or elsewhere?

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Six: Mark Wegierski looks at what a reflective conservatism and more thoughtful social democratic ideas may have in common

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Five: Mark Wegierski looks further at the thought of Gad Horowitz, and compares “British” to “WASP” identities

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Four: Mark Wegierski looks at the thought of Gad Horowitz, a social democrat who criticizes multiculturalism and defends English-Canadian nationalism

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Three: Mark Wegierski argues that until the 1960s, Canada was a more substantively conservative society than America

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Two: Mark Wegierski looks especially at the various factions in the Progressive Conservative party of the 1980s

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part One: Mark Wegierski begins a series of articles looking at the "Centre-Right Opposition" over the last three decades

In search of a long-range education policy and strategy for Ontario: Some traditionalist remnants in education will be of vital importance to the future of society, argues Mark Wegierski

Shane Doan fights for freedom: The political attacks on hockey player Shane Doan point to both Quebec Liberal mischief and the increasing incoherence of Quebecois nationalism, argues Mark Wegierski

Québec!: Part Five: In this fifth piece, Mark Wegierski looks at different scenarios for the future of Canada and Québec

Québec!: Part Four: In this fourth piece in the series, Mark Wegierski looks especially at the 1990s, and the 1995 Québec sovereignty referendum

Québec!: Part Three: Québec has long defined itself in opposition to what is referred to as "TROC" – the rest of Canada – and Mark Wegierski says that has to ensure its survival

Vimy Ridge: Standing on guard for a more traditional Canada: Considering the recent events in France and Afghanistan, Mark Wegierski turns to address the most pressing issues of the moment

Québec!: Part Two: In the second piece of the series, Mark Wegierski looks at different definitions of Canada and nationalism, and concludes that the ADQ today, although non-separatist, is more substantively Quebec-nationalist than the PQ

Québec!: Part One: Beginning a new series of articles, Mark Wegierski lays the groundwork towards demonstrating that the recent events in Quebec are finally some good news for conservatives

Fight the future! The next federal election will be one of the most important in Canadian history: With virtually all trends working against conservatives in Canada today, the next federal election is probably their last-ditch chance, argues Mark Wegierski

Are we trapped in the modern high school forever? – The idealism of traditionalist dissent: Looking at the typical modern high school setting and its societal extensions, Mark Wegierski argues that conservative resistance can be truly idealistic

In search of new "cadres" for a Canadian renewal: Whether one calls them infrastructures or cadres, conservatives in Canada are greatly in need of them, argues Mark Wegierski

The Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement: The be-all and end-all of Brian Mulroney’s achievements: Brian Mulroney won two elections and should have a sizable complement of accomplishments to his name. That unfortunately isn't true, says Mark Wegierski

Education really is the key to society and the future - Part Two: Towards "normative" totalitarianism?: Mark Wegierski continues his look at the philosophical ramifications of the Canadian education system

Education really is the key to society and the future - Part One: A crisis from ECE to post-grad: If a nation can be characterized by the values that inform its educational systems, writes Mark Wegierski, then Canada is in dire circumstances

Conservative green philosophy and its implications: The managerial welfare-state is indeed very anti-ecological: Ecological and environmentalist thinking may have elements that are very deeply traditionalist, argues Mark Wegierski

Canada's identity crisis: Looking back to the mid-1990s: Although Canada has always seemed to suffer a crisis of identity Mark Wegierski believes that the nation did indeed have one until fairly recently

Lessons from the past: Brian Mulroney and the failure of Canadian conservatism in the 1980s: Mark Wegierski continues his two-part series on the missed opportunity for Canadian conservatives that were the Mulroney Years

Lessons from the past: Brian Mulroney and the failure of Canadian conservatism in the 1980s: In the first of a series, Mark Wegierski traces the failure of Canadian conservatism today to former prime minister Brian Mulroney, a conservative in name only

Canadian media bias: A sketch from the 1980s to today (Part Two): Mark Wegierski continues his look at the liberal bias which has Canada's media unable to truly allow intellectual diversity in its reporting

Canadian media bias: A sketch from the 1980s to today (Part One): American conservatives aren't the only ones that have to deal with media bias. In Canada, writes Mark Wegierski, the Fifth Estate works against the movement as well

Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2007: Where is the infrastructure?: New Year, same problem. Mark Wegierski reports that Canada still lacks an eco-system for conservatives and that the movement can't thrive until one exists

2006

There is a diversity of people in Canada -- but what unites them?: Canadian intellectuals and politicians have succeeded in their goal of diversifying the formerly British/French nation but Mark Wegierski wonders what ties the new country together

Shades of fading blue: Canadian conservatives' quest for a "National Review North" publication has mostly failed: In the United States the National Review helped spark the modern conservative movement. Up north, writes Mark Wegierski, Canadian conservatives are still waiting for a national, enduring conservative magazine

A return to the national question in Canada and Quebec: As predictable as snow in November "the question" as returned in Canadian politics, namely Quebec sovereignty and whether Canada is really a coherent nation, writes Mark Wegierski

Conservatives win only a slim minority government in Canada: The recent victory by the Conservative Party in Canada likely won't mean much for the future of conservatism in Canada, argues Mark Wegierski

The end of Canadian conservatism?: Is conservatism in Canada on its last legs? Mark Wegierski believes that all the signs are pointing to its eventual death

2005

Some advice for Canadian conservatives: Without an intellectual infrastructure, social conservatism in Canada is likely to fade away, writes Mark Wegierski

2004

Is the Canadian economy headed for a crisis?: It may very well be. Mark Wegierski takes a look at some possible structural flaws in the Canadian economy

Can the Internet challenge today's informational and cultural monopoly?: Mark Wegierski is far less convinced that the Internet and it's pajama posses of amateur journalists will ever seriously challenge the dominant players

Tories choose new leader in Ontario: Although an provincial election is years away Mark Wegierski believes that a strong conservative party in Ontario could lead to changes across Canada

The Canadian federal election of June 28, 2004 in context: So what really happened to get Canada's Liberals re-elected with a minority government? Mark Wegierski explains all

Historical boardgames vs. role-playing games and electronic shoot'em-ups: If you know what the word 'grognard' means you'll know why Mark Wegierski misses the days when you could wargame on a board. Anyone for a game of Russian Front?

A new line of critique for Nader's anti-system coalition: It wouldn't take much, writes Mark Wegierski, for Ralph Nader to begin making inroads into the conservative ranks, such as tying some hot button issues from the right and linking them to leftist policies

Thoughts out of season in Canada: Today's federal election in Canada likely won't solve any of that country's problems but that won't stop Mark Wegierski from cataloguing some of them

The dilemma of Canada and Québec: When it comes to Canadian elections, says Mark Wegierski, Quebec always plays a prominent role in who gets elected and that's rarely good news for conservative political parties

The Liberal regime in Canada today: A social-scientific critique: Mark Wegierski argues that the real advantage that the federal Liberal Party holds is the ability to define the debate, making it very difficult for others to express their opinions without being attacked

In search of Canadian identity: The National Question in Canada and Quebec: Nations often use elections in order to explore who they are but in Canada's case, argues Mark Wegierski, most of the country really doesn't have an answer to the question of national identity

Victoria Day and the life and death of traditional Canada: For most people in Canada Victoria Day is a statutory holiday that gives them an extra day at camp. For Mark Wegierski it's a day to mourn the lost of what Canada used to be

Traditionalist conservatism and the dignity of labor: With May Day coming up in just a few days Mark Wegierski has some thoughts about conservatism and the Marxist notion of the dignity of labour

Canadian dilemmas: The biggest challenge facing Canadian conservatives is simply existing as a coherent force. As Mark Wegierski tells it, Canadian society has been designed to ensure their eventual extinction

Beyond left-right: Nader coalition's possible appeal to traditionalist conservatives: Mark Wegierski argues that Ralph Nader's appeal may extend to a group that would surprise many: conservatives who share many of the same concerns as the independent presidential candidate

When worlds collide: Mark Wegierski examines Robert Sawyer's Hominids, a science fiction exploration of what could have been had Neanderthals not died out

2003

The long road for the Canadian right: Despite the obvious strengthening of the Canadian right, writes Mark Wegierski, the new Conservative Party of Canada faces an uphill battle against the Liberal Party and the extra-parliamentary Left

Some Canadians hoping for "regime-change" in Ottawa: Mark Wegierski reports that some Canadians are hoping for a conservative revolution in Canada. History, however, indicates that none shall be forthcoming

The different styles of conservatism in Canada: Canada itself may tend towards the center-left but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a legitimate conservative movement. Mark Wegierski investigates some of the varieties

The search for wholeness in society, personality, and romance: Mark Wegierski examines the concept of romance and how we look at it in both rational and irrational terms

On the 136th anniversary of Confederation: Canadian identity and its predicaments: After 136 years you'd think some questions would be resolved by as Mark Wegierski aptly illustrates, Canada is a unique situation

Notes from Canada about education: Tuition tax credits could be a vehicle for true pluralism in Ontario: The Canadian educational scene isn't all that healthy either. Mark Wegierski looks at Ontario government's attempts to fix the system with tax credits

Canada's socialist "third party": The NDP's influence in Canada: It's a popular notion in Canada that the socialist New Democratic Party is irrelevant in Canadian politics. Mark Wegierski says that's hardly the case

 



 


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