THE GLOBAL NEWSSTAND

Stories that matter from near and far.

Racing Cars for Fun and Profit

The new movie Ford v Ferrari is a tribute to male ingenuity, capitalism, fast cars and testosterone. It unapologetically depicts how masculine traits plus freedom and competitiveness form a powerful source of innovation – to everyone’s benefit. Kyle Smith exults that Ford v Ferrari brazenly defies the Hollywood Zeitgeist and affirms there’s nothing wrong in acting like a man.

Racing Cars for Fun and Profit

The new movie Ford v Ferrari is a tribute to male ingenuity, capitalism, fast cars and testosterone. It unapologetically depicts how masculine traits plus freedom and competitiveness form a powerful source of innovation – to everyone’s benefit. Kyle Smith exults that Ford v Ferrari brazenly defies the Hollywood Zeitgeist and affirms there’s nothing wrong in acting like a man.

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A Dairy Farmer Outfoxes the Deep State

In his runaway best-seller The Plot Against the President, Lee Smith tells how Washington’s permanent bureaucracy, Deep State actors and news media accomplices targeted Donald Trump. The Trump-hating mob was willing to go after virtually any person who had the temerity to back Trump but, in Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, might just have met its match.

Killing Me Softly

Why is it that Americans have, in recent years, witnessed so many senseless mass murders? Increasing evidence points to a direct link between long-term marijuana use and violent crimes. Peter Hitchens argues that marijuana’s depiction as a “soft” drug has been one of the slickest PR campaigns in history.

Contemporary Children’s Crusades

We are all troubled by the exploitation of children. Why is it, then, that children are so often used to promote political or environmental causes, the complexity of which no child could grasp? Melanie Phillips argues that the weaponization of children has become an appalling feature of contemporary political debate.

Totalitarian Technology

One of the abiding myths of the Second World War is the technological superiority of German armaments, particularly its tanks and rockets. Yet as Kevin Kallmes points out, the Nazi vision of a hi-tech war machine powered by a vast industrial empire and destined for world domination was a fatal delusion, and one which bore little relation to reality.

Harold Bloom’s Defense of the Aesthetic

The eminent American literary critic and professor Harold Bloom died on October 14. The ardent defender of the Western Canon warned that making literature subordinate to social justice – or any external cause — destroys intellectual and aesthetic standards. Writing in The Atlantic, Stanley Fish summarizes Bloom’s career, reminding us what we’ll lose by politicizing literary culture.

Re-thinking Masculinity

The noxious politics that vilifies and condemns all males as sexual oppressors has young men surreptitiously seeking alternatives. An anonymous manifesto known as Bronze Age Mindset is ripping through this cohort by rejecting the ideology of “toxic masculinity” and celebrating the masculine virtues. Still, warns Spencer Klavan, it espouses a dangerous doctrine rather than an ennobling philosophy.

Angry Adolescents: The Case of Greta Thunberg

The Swedish climate activist and perpetually-angry teenager Greta Thunberg has announced that’s she’s going to Alberta where, no doubt, she will deliver a stern lecture. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in The New English Review, argues that Greta’s transformation into a celebrity is the work of infantile adults who have turned her into the Ayatollah Thunberg, the Khomeini of climate change.

Apocalypse Fatigue: 50 Years of Failed Predictions

Back in 1841, Charles Mackay noted in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds that crowds are swayed not by facts but “emotional feedback loops” that confirm their delusion. He was onto something. Myron Ebell and Steven J. Milloy survey the past 50 years of scientifically predicted environmental apocalypses – none of which has materialized.

Take Meghan Markle…Please

Britain’s large appetite for American imports has its limits. Writing in the inaugural issue of The Spectator, U.S.A, Rod Liddle pleads with America to take back Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle. For Mr. Liddle, the departure of the virtue-signalling, sanctimonious Duchess of Sussex can’t come soon enough.

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