Articles by Russ Kuykendall
September 11, 2020
Russell Kuykendall says the musical dismissed by some as white bread civics lite brings hip hop attitude to U.S. constitutional history.
The musical Hamilton poses the question of how the American Revolution might have unfolded had the principals been people of colour That said, again Miranda has done a public service, introducing a generation who may not have been exposed to the American narrative of civic republican government
July 24, 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson might be building a house of cards with his no-deal approach to crashing out of the European Union. But Russell Kuykendall says a BBC series details with delicate balance how the late Margaret Thatcher taught UK Conservatives about playing a new deck.
The final episode, predictably titled Downfall, traces failings of a prime minister at the height of her powers who had lost touch with her base of support among the British voting public, seemingly constitutionally unable to take political advice even from those who loved her best Secondly, I am st...
April 3, 2019
Reviewer Russell Kuykendall delves into William Gairdner’s selected essays to take the author’s measure as the premier public intellectual within Canadian movement conservatism.
Gairdner qualifies as a leading Canadian public intellectual of the past 30 years, and as arguably Canadian movement conservativism’s premier public intellectual – or at least its primus inter pares (“first among equals”) As a member of “the Calgary School,” retired Professor Tom Flanagan, points ou...
June 1, 2013
Russ Kuykendall reviews A House of Cards.
As Urquhart (played by Ian Richardson) is the Chief Government Whip in the British adaptation, in the American version, Francis (Frank) Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is the Majority Whip of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S First, the sly joke: the initials of the main character, Francis Underwood—get it?...