Something’s currently happening in conservatism that represents a clear threat to the gains made by liberalism in recent decades.  Universities and colleges – crowning jewels in any smart advanced democracy – have come under threat, with many ideological conservatives believing they are dens of political correctness, special interest groups, and, ultimately, recruiting stations for liberal persuasions.  It’s an ironic reality.  Since Confederation, Canadian conservative-minded temperaments have cooperated with their liberal counterparts to strive for higher learning and showed solid support for research.  The “progressive” part of that brand of conservatism did much to raise the scholastic level of this country. The new strain of absolutism on the hard right edge of the conservative movement in this country has begun to challenge their historical counterparts…