I am a conservative. I am not an ideologue, a zealot, or a huckster. I have nothing to sell you. No, quite simply, I am a conservative. I believe in change. I do, honestly. But I think we should think things through a little bit more than we currently do. I do not believe that technology is in and of itself a boon, nor do I agree that progress can be measured in simple economic terms.
I believe that old form sacrificed in the name of (post)modernity is exactly that, a sacrifice. I believe that ritual and tradition are as – if not more – important to our societies and their stability than they have ever been, and that the further we move from them, the further we move away from who we are.
(Andrew did a double major undergradute degree in history and political science, and just graduated from Simon Fraser University with a graduate degree in Urban Studies).
Two months of living the farming reality-show.
There is a war, a generally ignored struggle taking place out there. Here is the story of my confrontation with it.
Contrary farming...not the wrong way but the right one!
Yet another week on the farmm. Here are some thoughts...
Highlights from a month of living (and writing) on a farm.
An exhaustive and humourous inventory of everything that's wrong with Protestantism. Enjoy.
To the streets brothers and sisters. The revolution is upon us! The potato has been freed!
Where we play and watch sports is far more important to the culture of a sport than we tend to give credit to.
A beautiful union of art and sport.
I just moved to rural Ontario to become a farmer. Here is my story...and a link to my new blog.
The Blue Scholars offer a combination of powerful, melodic beats and socially conscious lyrics that demand we take notice of the world around us.
Christmas music is usually pretty awful. Full of sap, sentiment, and usually very little depth. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues bucks this trend.
Forget the Grinch. Ignore Ebenezer Scrooge. Put Clark and the rest of the Griswald family out of mind. Say hello to Danny the car-wipe.
Christopher Hitchens, long-time enemy of God and other totalitarians, died last night at the age of 62.
There are many ways in the search for truth in the world. Being a grump is one of them.
A timely discussion about the need for individual courage and freedom in the face of crass notions of patriotism.
Did the project to 'modernise' the world's great cities hinder or enable new forms of democracy?
On this the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, our day of remembrance, it is now ever more important to ask ourselves what it is exactly we are remembering.
As the world once again stands on a threshold of change, Achtung Baby reminds us that revolution can be loud, somewhat disorienting, and fucking amazing!
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