Relieved to see Philosophical reflection, not the Axis defeat, led Trudeau to reject Fascism

The Times Literary Supplement reported, on 23.12.16, about the life and works of Pierre Trudeau, Democratic Father of Canada:

Pierre Trudeau’s library shows that he was a deep reader, first of Quebec nationalist writers and later of Hobbes, Laski, Jacques Maritain and scores of others. His essays from the interwar period, when he studied with the Jesuits in Montreal, make for grim reading with their praise of Salazar, Franco and Pétain and their unnerving pedestrian anti-Semitism characteristic of the time.”

But there’s something for the hopeful too:

However, as Allen Mills, Professor of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg, shows in his 2016 intellectual biography, encounters with Emmanuel Mounier’s and Maritain’s ideas of Personalism and John Dewey’s Pragmatism at Harvard in the early 1940s led Trudeau to embrace Canada’s Parliamentary tradition, break with Quebec’s Ultramontane Catholic Church and to oppose what he would come to think of as tribal nationalism and embrace multiculturalism… Though a shrewd manager of the inheritance left by his father…”

(who was very rich, and died when Trudeau was 15)

“…Trudeau did not want a society of egoists; rather, influenced by Maritain and Mounier’s phenomenological Personalism, he viewed individuals as nodal points where spiritual creativity and the world intersected.”

For more wonderful people who saw the evil in Fascism and turned to progressive politics right after the Soviet tanks rolled, check here.

About David Roman

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