Much intellectual, emotional, and social resources in the modern world have been put towards fighting various culture war battles in recent years. I think this has been mostly a waste of time. I believe we should spend more energy focusing on the actual policy challenges faced by our societies.

Defenders of the culture war will point out that culture is important. That “politics is downstream of culture” as many of them like to say. This is correct, but I believe it is a Motte and Bailey argument. …


We tend to think of nationalism as a phenomenon of the political right. In recent years the rise of Donald Trump in the United States and Brexit in the UK have generally been supported by the right in those countries and opposed by the left. Some have wondered why Canada has been spared these trends, and why our political right seems less nationalistic than it’s counterparts in the US and UK.

In fact, in recent decades, it has been the case that nationalism in Canada has been more generally associated with the political left (I speak in generalities of course)…


When I say that conservatism is fading away, I must first make clear what it is I mean. The conservative temperament is as old as civilization itself and will always be with us. So long as there is political and social change there will inevitably be some people who are more skeptical of it than others. What I mean by conservatism is something more specific. Namely, I am referring to a political and intellectual coalition that came together in the aftermath of the Second World War and gained (at least partial) political ascendancy in the English Speaking world from the…


I was truly looking forward to Steven Pinkers new book. I enjoyed his previous work on the decline of violence. This new book was marketed as a full-throated defence of Enlightenment values against its critics on the left and right.

I expected to disagree with many of Pinkers conclusions, but I was at least expecting him to fully articulate what he believed the Enlightenment was, and how it contributed to historical progress. But alas, Pinker has not even done that. Most of the book is just a series of graphs showing how the world is improving along a number of…


I am, and always have been, a little bit weird. This being the case, I’ve always had a certain empathy with those who, like me, don’t really fit in.

This manifests itself in certain ways, but the way it manifests itself that is relevant to the argument I am about to make is in regards to weirdos online. People who form oddball little communities where they can be themselves and don’t have to conform to society’s standards all the time. I have always had something of a soft spot for these sorts of groups. They can often be quite creative…


One week ago, was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door his church in Whittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation. What was perhaps the most interesting about that anniversary is that we did not really know what to make of it. Sure, high brow journals published think pieces about it. But, I don’t think anyone can argue there was a clear recognition, even among educated people, of what exactly we were commemorating. The passions that animated the great religious upheavals of the 16th and 17th Century seem, to modern people, distant and even somewhat bizarre.


note: This post was adapted from a speech I delivered yesterday at the University of Toronto’s Hart House Global Citizen’s Dialogue

The rise of China is the central geopolitical fact of the 21st Century. To the extent that there was a central geopolitical fact of the 20th Century, it was the emergence of the United States to the status of the world’s sole superpower. As the 21st Century progresses, that status will be progressively undermined. In fact, it already is. In this article, I will discuss what I venture to say is the most important challenge we in the Western…


Back in April of this year there was an Alt Right event in Berkeley California where violence broke out between the Alt Righters and various Antifa counter protestors. I don’t think anyone knows exactly who started what but in the process video was captured of a woman, who was clearly with the Antifa group, being punched in the face by a man from the Alt Right group.

I came across the video while scrolling through my Twitter feed. I was disgusted by what I saw as a man sucker punching a woman who was not very physically imposing and who…


So I was going through my old E-mails looking for something unrelated when I stumbled upon something I had written on December 12th 2016. It was about the ‘fake news’ phenomenon which was a hot topic in the media in the aftermath of Trump’s victory. I had just finished an Essay and had some time to kill in the U of T Library so i jotted down my thoughts on the topic. Here they are:

Fake News and the Alternative Media

The term ‘fake news’ has been making the rounds recently. This refers to all the pseudo facts and pretend…

Nathaniel D'Iorio

Student. University of Toronto. Tweets about history, politics, econ, and sometimes sports. Soft SocDem w/ liberal leanings. Proud Canuck.

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