Stephen Harper : an admirer of Strauss, Von Hayek and of the Federalist Society
by Gilles Gervais
(Source: The Walrus Magazine, Oct. 2004, The Man Behind Stephen Harper by Marci McDonald)
STEPHEN HARPER-THE MAN WHO WOULD BE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
ON JAN.23RD -IS AN ADMIRER OF LEO STRAUSS, FRIEDRICH VON HAYEK
AND OF THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY. Stephen Harper, one of the leaders
of the Western Canada-based populist and neo-con Reform Party
with founder Preston Manning (the Newt Gingrich of the North)
is now poised to become the next Prime Minister of Canada on
Shadia Drury, an expert on philosopher Leo Strauss
paints the Calgary School as a home-grown variation of American
Straussians like Paul Wolfowitz, who share their teachers
deep suspicion of liberal democracy. Drury warned the Globe &
Mails John Ibbitson that the members of the Calgary School
want to replace the rule of law with the populism of the
majority, and labelled Stephen Harper their product.
Another member of the Calgary School and close confidant of Stephen Harper is Barry Cooper, a member of the Bohemian Club, who edited Strauss thirty-year correspondence with Eric Voegelin Faith and Political Philosophy. Both Cooper and Flanagan were students at Duke University of John Hallowell, a disciple of Eric Voegelin, a German-born philosopher who had fled Hitler and blamed a flawed utopian version of Christianity for spawning totalitarian movements like Nazism and Communism.
The two main spiritual influences on Stephen Harper are C.S. Lewis, of The Chronicles of Narnia fame (Lewis says that the major influence on him was G.K.Chesterton) and Malcolm Muggeridge (an executive with the Congress for Cultural Freedom).
When Harper spoke in Montreal, in 1997, before The Council for National Policy, a grouping described by historian Anton Chaitkin as a covert organization that was established in 1981 to bind religious impresarios and bankers into a new power structure, congruent with the attempt at dictatorship, he added the following apology after telling a joke about a lawyer that goes to heaven: My apologies to Eugene Meyer of the Federalist Society.
Author Marci McDonald ends her article on Harper by quoting Ted Byfield, the unabashed voice of the West since the Calgary Schools professors were pups, (who) sees it another way-in terms Leo Strauss might have approved. All these positions which Harper cherishes are there because of a group of people in Calgary-Flanagan most prominent among them, Byfield says. I dont think he knows how to compromise. Its not in his genes. The issue now is: how do we fool the world into thinking were moving to the left when were not?
To those who are unnerved by that prospect, Byfield
offers no cheer: Those people who said theyre dangerous-theyre
right! he says. People with ideas are dangerous.
If Harper gets elected, hell make helluva change in this