Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review of Ron Dart's 'Keepers of the Flame' - by Robert Williams

Keepers of the Flame: Canadian Red Toryism (2012) – A Short Review
Professor Ron Dart’s latest book, Keepers of the Flame: Canadian Red Toryism, a collection of Dart’s essays written over a period of about 15 years, was published by Fermentation Press out of Quebec in the closing days of December 2012. For those of us who’ve read Dart’s earlier work, the content of the book should come as no surprise. Within the pages of Keepers of the Flame, many a familiar topic is discussed, pondered and thought about:

  • Red Toryism (its roots and new routes, to play off the title of an earlier text by Dart) 
  • Liberalism (its matrix, principles, prejudices and short-comings) 
  • American Imperialism and its impacts on Canada 
  • Canadian nationalism and compradorism.