Thomas S. Axworthy is a senior distinguished fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a senior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

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An intellectual in politics

Tom Kent, who died in Kingston on November 15, 2011, at the age of 89, was Canada's foremost activist-intellectual. To some the combination of the words is an oxymoron: intellectuals think conceptually, debate vociferously the …

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Ethics at home and abroad

Imploring the political leadership of his day to avoid war, that rigorous 18th century moralist Immanuel Kant, quoting Matthew 10, advised kings and princes, ”œBe ye therefore clever as serpents and innocent as doves.” Kant …

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On being an ally: why virtue is not reward enough

The American moralist Ralph Waldo Emerson advised that ”œVirtue is its own reward,” a sentiment heartily endorsed by many Canadians. At its best, Canadian moralizing reflects a generous value system of sharing, toler- ance, civility …

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Supercharged premiers: Why they made the top 5

Federalism's strength is its diversity. Like elections attracting, repelling and charging each other, Canada's premiers are the source of much of our political energy. While our premiers occasionally united against the federal government, and sometimes …

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