George Grant’s vision

In a comment on my post on “the Conservative International” (below), A.M. refers to George Grant’s Lament for a Nation (1965). More than forty years old though Grant’s book may be, reading the following footnote makes one wonder if George was less a traditionalist conservative and more a visionary:

The next wave of American “conservatism” is not likely to base its appeal on such unsuccessful slogans as the Constitution and free enterprise. Its leader will not be a gentleman who truly cares about his country’s past. It will concentrate directly on such questions as “order in the streets” which are likely to become crucial in the years ahead. The battle will be between democratic tyrants and the authoritarians of the right. If the past is a teacher to the present, it surely says that democratic Caesarism is likely to be successful. In the fight between Sulla and Marius, it was the descendants of the latter who established the Julian line of emperors.

“Democratic Caesarism”: now who does that make you think of?


One thought on “George Grant’s vision

  1. A good point. It’s easy to dismiss Grant as a cranky fuddy-duddy; I’ve fallen into that temptation myself. But in 2003 as we were gearing up for the Iraq war, I re-read Grant’s “Technology and Justice” and was struck, quite forceably, by his foresight Everything he said about Canada’s relationship to the United States during Vietnam remains true.

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