Moment of Truth and Gardeners vs. Designers: The Year’s Most Provocative Political Books

2020 is one of the most significant political years in Canadian history – not to mention world history – and the Great White North’s most valued thinkers, writers, and sharp-eyed pundits are here to offer their insight into what we’re missing, what we need to know, and where to go next. Both Moment of Truth and Gardeners vs. Designers are available from Indigo, our own site store, and anywhere that quality books are sold.

Alberta is at a crossroads. Its situation in Canadian confederation is unfair. It is unequal. So…what comes next?

What westerners ultimately need to decide if the best response to that unfairness and inequality is to leave Canada and the great northwest to carve out a smaller but separate country. Or do we simply need to clearly define what would constitute a genuine Fair Deal, not just for Alberta, but for all Canadians who share our values and perspectives on what this country should be?

Moment of Truth is a series of provocative, thoughtful, and timely essays, curated by three of Canada’s most respected and original political thinkers, debating whether we should pursue the little western path of yet another division of the northwest, this time via secession, or march along the big western path aimed at nothing less than fairness for ourselves – and everyone else – through a re-confederation.

A stunning exposition on the benefits of liberal democracy. Gardeners vs. Designers plants the seeds for Canada’s future—a vision that is convincing, powerful, and persuasive. – FRED LITWIN, author of Conservative Confidential: Inside the Fabulous Blue Tent

Brian Lee Crowley, one of Canada’s most original political thinkers, has produced a stunning road map for how we can steer Canada into a brighter political future. He claims that we can divide political culture into two categories: designers and gardeners. Designers believe that they have sufficient knowledge to impose their will on others, without any unintended consequences, while gardeners are more modest and are content to work with what already exists, especially where whatever already exists has virtues or beauties.

Crowley argues that we need fewer designers making top-down pronouncements, and more gardeners who are willing to work from the bottom up, cultivating instead of engineering. We should all aspire to be gardeners: planting, growing, appreciating the results, and building something that will thrive in the ideal political, social, and cultural soil.


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