Short Except From the Very Start of the Book:
The idea of Canada ‘thinking for itself’ is not as simple as it sounds. For before we think for ourselves in this wonderful country of ours, we must actually think. And thinking requires national work and resources – that is, the thinking does not come from the ether or the sky. It certainly does not come from mere declaration. And it does not come, strictly speaking, from other countries, near or far, lest we confuse the thinking of other nations and peoples with thinking that we have done in our own name.
Nay, the intellectual is built on a scaffolding of national effort, (human) energy, iteration and resilience under pressure. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Correct mistakes. Repeat, repeat, repeat. And only after this work is accomplished can a society say that is it properly thinking or, with even more work, experience and self-assuredness, properly thinking for itself.