Politically Incorrect: Notes on Liberty, Censorship, Social Engineering, Feminism, Apologists and Other Topics of Our Times


311 pages
ISBN 1-895555-04-3
DDC 081





Reviewed by François Boudreau

Franзois Boudreau is a sociology professor at Laurentian University in


Politically Incorrect is a collection of more than one hundred and
twenty columns written over the last twenty years that have appeared in
numerous Canadian publications. Nothing is truly “politically
incorrect” in this book; it is more that the opinions expressed are
“not in tune with the temper of our times,” particularly on issues
revolving around feminism (which Jonas constantly denounces). Jonas is a
talented social observer; he is able to see things in social events that
are not always noticed by other journalists or columnists. He is also a
gifted writer.

But this book gives one the sense that Jonas is the Don Cherry of
information: although sometimes right and witty, he is presumptuous,
barely shrewd at times, and often blindly biased in his comments.
Contrary to his claim, Jonas is not a true classical liberal, but he
could be said to be a consequent, articulated neo-liberal bordering
right-wing politics. The crowd he specifically refers to on occasion
(Amiel, Worthington, Zink, etc.) is at the forefront of this ideology.
Particularly annoying throughout this book are the constant
references. Nearly all of his articles seem pretexts to denounce the
(now defunct) USSR or our country’s preoccupation with compassion and
social justice. Invoking his Hungarian-Jewish background, Jonas barely
hides that he “knows better” about totalitarianism, with an attitude
of “I told you so” that quickly becomes a form of arrogant, boring

Jonas gives a very one-sided account of the Western political
tradition, leaving aside, as if it never existed, its specific social
content. He takes note of the capitalistic-individualistic elements of
our tradition, but never considers its socialistic-collectivistic
(Levellers or sans-culottes) dimensions. He refers to “Brotherhood”
(the third part of the French Revolution slogan) as “too abstract”
to even be bothered with. In the end, Jonas proves that a good writer
does not automatically make a good social commentator. This book would
be only occasionally useful for someone in search of simplistic
neo-liberal arguments.


Jonas, George., “Politically Incorrect: Notes on Liberty, Censorship, Social Engineering, Feminism, Apologists and Other Topics of Our Times,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 19, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/11634.