Jonathon Narvey is a Vancouver-based writer. He grew up in Winnipeg and settled in Vancouver soon after graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in Political Science. He has contributed articles and columns to print and online media such as the National Post, Granville Magazine, Vancouver Sun and Business in Vancouver. Jonathon blogs about politics, current events and life on Canada's west coast at Currents.
Why do you blog? > It's a soapbox and sandbox all in one.
What has been your best blogging experience? > When friendships formed in comments sections go 'live'.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > The banality of evil as epitomized by blog trolls.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Say what you mean.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > George Orwell, Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, Jared Diamond, to name a few.
What are you reading at the moment? > The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left, by Ed Husain.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > 1984. As relevant as ever.
What is your favourite movie? > 28 Days Later.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > We have a responsibility to future generations.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Failure is not an option, since we don't want our great-grandchildren to be eating each other's diseased, bullet-ridden carcasses.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.'
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > An elected senate to balance our House of Commons.
What would you do with the UN? > Have the UN Human Rights Council disbanded and replaced with representatives from countries vetted by a group like Amnesty International on the basis of their perceived respect for such things.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Long term, Islamofascism.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > We have not yet seen our finest hour, though there have been many fine moments.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Listen.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > Yes. I am.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Empathy.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Arrogance.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > To save a life, or to get off the phone with a telemarketer.
What is your favourite proverb? > 'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.'
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Watching any kind of professional sport on television.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Start drinking coffee in my teens. Some of us need stimulants to do any productive work.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Keanu Reeves.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > The Playboy mansion.
What talent would you most like to have? > A photographic memory.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Novelist. Someday...
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Woody Allen.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > Proof of life on other planets.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Mordecai Richler (Canadian author), Alan Moore (British comic book writer), John A. MacDonald (first Prime Minister of Canada).
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