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Stephen Hicks: Lessons from the Canadian Trucker Protest

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“Every generation, we need to learn and relearn how thin the line can be between having a basically liberal society and a basically authoritarian society.”

Editor’s note: Erich Prince and Stephen Hicks held a previous publicly available conversation in July of 2020.

On February 23rd, Merion West editor-in-chief Erich Prince was joined by philosopher Stephen Hicks for a conversation inspired by the recent trucker demonstrations across Canada in protest of the Canadian government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) policies, particularly vaccine mandates. Dr. Hicks, who is Canadian and holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, is a professor at Rockford University in Illinois and has authored five books. His forthcoming sixth book is on the subject of education. During their conversation, Dr. Hicks and Mr. Prince discuss the context in which these demonstrations took place, the broader question of what constitutes a liberal society, and historical perspectives on the legitimacy of certain types of protests and demonstrations.

This interview appears in video form:

Erich J. Prince is the editor of Merion West. Erich has contributed to a variety of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Hartford Courant, The News & Observer, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Hill. He studied political science at Yale, completing his thesis on polarization in the United States Congress.

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