Brian Lee Crowley

Reader Reaction

What people have said about Fearful Symmetry


Andrew Coyne
“A profoundly important book… nothing less than a revolution in our way of looking at Canada, its history, and its future.”
Andrew Coyne (from the Foreword)


David Frum

“The book really is marvelous: challenging, original, thought- provoking, smart and brave. Truly deserves congratulations.”
David Frum, An End to Evil


Theodore Dalrymple“An original, lucid and witty exposition of how the Canadian state became a giant coercive Ponzi scheme with harmful effects on the culture, the institutions, the work ethic, the families and, above all, the character of Canadians themselves.”
Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What’s Left of It


Margaret Wente“This brilliantly original book will change the way you think about Canada. It deserves a wide audience.”
Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail


Michael BlissFearful Symmetry is one of the most important analyses yet written of the recent history and directions of Canadian public policy. It will undoubtedly be required reading for politicians, civil servants, all possible policy wonks, students, and everyone else concerned about our country’s recent past and its uncertain future.”
Michael Bliss, Right Honourable Men


Barbara Kay
“An outstanding intellectual achievement.”
Barbara Kay, National Post




Tom Flanagan“Your book will become the most important book for Canadian conservatives since Peter Brimelow’s Patriot Game and Bill Gairdner’s The Trouble with Canada. Indeed, it will be more important because it gives us guidance for the future.”
Tom Flanagan, First Nations? Second Thoughts


William Johnson“The book is remarkably original. I have learned much from it and it will affect my way of seeing things from now on. It is a book that deservedly will have l’effet d’une bombe when it is published…It’s a must book. Congratulations.”
William Johnson, Globe and Mail


Janet Ajzenstat“A blockbuster! To be Canadian once meant standing up for individual freedom and responsibility; marriage, family, and work. Today, according to Brian Crowley, we’re a nation of “rent-seekers,” political opportunists and lobbyists, ever looking for someone else to take charge, to pay the bills, to tell us what to do. How did this happen? In a compelling account of economic and political developments from the 1960s to the present, Crowley argues that big government inevitably corrupts identity and mores. But the die isn’t cast. Big government isn’t obligatory. Crowley’s last chapters set out reasons for thinking that Canadians may yet recover their former and better selves! Fearful Symmetry will be an eye opener for the political scientists and sociologists who still believe that the Canadian propensity to depend on governments is bred in the bone and shaped Confederation.”
Janet Ajzenstat, The Canadian Founding

Rudyard Griffiths“A genuine cri de coeur…Fearful Symmetry provides a fascinating account of the demographic forces transforming Canada and does so with a deep appreciation of the historical trends and political forces that have shaped the Canadian nation. This is a book that is required reading for every informed citizen.”
Rudyard Griffiths, Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto


William Gairdner“In a forthright manner, clearly-expressed and with plenty of hard facts, Crowley’s Fearful Symmetry is like an up-to-date national looking-glass into which all responsible citizens ought to peer. There they will find well-grounded political and economic analyses of such as Canada’s worrisome fertility crisis, the debilitating effect (on Quebec as well as on Canada) of Quebec’s quixotic role in confederation, the effects of immigration, population movements within Canada, the reasons for regional disparities, and much more. It is refreshing to have in one’s hands a book that helps us understand where we came from, the mistakes we have made, and how to chart a more certain course for the future.”
William Gairdner, The Trouble with Canada

Jack Granatstein
“A first-rate book that is a massive challenge to conventional thinking and certain to be denounced by all the right people.”
Jack Granatstein, Who Killed Canadian History?


Rainer Knopff“You’ll never see the big picture by looking through the microscope of a single academic specialty. That’s one lesson of this important book. Drawing on history, economics, political science, demography, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, even poetry, Crowley constructs an insightful new interpretation of Canada’s still recent shift to Big Government and the “fearful symmetry” of the coming shift back to its more classically liberal origins. Many new and surprising connections are drawn and in the process many a conventional wisdom bites the dust.

Do you love Big Government? Look here for compelling reasons – moral reasons – to reconsider. Do you dislike Big Government but despair of its seemingly unending growth? Find here new reasons for cautious optimism. Do you simply seek to understand the particular trajectories of Big Government in Canada? Seek no further.

A ‘must read’!”
Rainer Knopff, University of Calgary

WilliamThorsell

“A bracing, relentless argument for a ‘character-shift’ that will release Canada from its torpor.”
William Thorsell, CEO, Royal Ontario Museum



Conrad Black “This book’s exposé of some of the sources of Canada’s rush to the left of the United States; of the fact that the chief motives for it are obsolete; and its prediction of a traditional revival, make a stimulating read. The pursuit of a kinder and gentler Canada compared to the US will give way as a national mission to something more galvanizing, as did the preceding inspiration of Imperial solidarity. This excellent analysis by a distinguished and original public policy expert is a fine effort to map out the next national raison d’être.”
Conrad Black, Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Ken Boessenkool
“Brian has not only captured and crystallized some of the most critical conundrums facing the Canadian body politic, he has also provided a path out of our present policy perdition. One doesn’t need to agree (though I mostly do) with his prescriptions to benefit from his clarity of thought.”
Ken Boessenkool, Research Fellow, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary


“This book is an important contribution to the public policy debate in Canada. Crowley mixes economic analysis with big ideas and enjoyable prose in a style that is all too rare.”

Matt Bufton, Executive Director of the Institute for Liberal Studies, in The Lance (University of Windsor)


Brian Lee Crowley
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