Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Plenty of words start with C: carbon, climate, catastrophe, children. Conservative starts with C, too. A conservative, like a conservationist, ought to conserve. Conservativism does not mean the rejection of science or the denial of evidence with which you disagree. To be sure, not all conservatives are denialists, any more than they are all creationists. But some are; so what kind of government have Canadians elected? If its goal is to maintain traditional institutions and minimize change, will it consider the planet an institution and start to deal with the challenges we face? Courage begins with C. So does chaos.

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