Britain’s EU-exit succeeded despite the near-unanimous opposition of the chattering classes. To Brendan O’Neill, writing in Spiked, one of our age’s peculiarities is that a small and unrepresentative elite dictates a self-serving moral and intellectual narrative. For O’Neill, Brexit is a heartening victory in the war against the managerialism that defines our times.
In his new book, Comprehensive Judgement and Absolute Selfishness, the University of Lethbridge’s John Van Heyking argues that the key to Churchill’s political success was his ability to build strong, long-lasting friendships. Writing in The Claremont Review of Books, Michael Taube suggests this well-written tome adds another dimension to a masterful political leader.
Of all the unfriendly spirits haunting the American Democratic Party, none is more pernicious than Hillary Clinton. National Review’s Kyle Smith endures the new four-hour visual apologia Hillary and concludes the failed presidential candidate lives in a delusional bubble where all her troubles are the fault of others.
The Muslim theocracy established through Iran’s 1979 revolution has demonized women since its inception, subjecting them to constant humiliations, such as prohibiting being in public uncovered. Giulio Meotti contends that the assassination of the terrorist General Soleimani has mobilized Iranian women, who are now demanding their freedoms.
The death of Sir Roger Scruton has deprived the Anglosphere of one of its most accomplished public intellectuals. Scruton is inevitably described as a “conservative philosopher,” but he was also an accomplished musician, novelist and connoisseur of wine. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in City Journal, provides an overview of an astonishing career and a life well-lived.
In the 1960s, America’s elite began repudiating the legitimacy of an overarching American national narrative by promoting racial, ethnic, and cultural identities. In his new book, Rich Lowry argues for the virtues of nationalism, maintaining that culture, language, and shared memories are the precondition of diverse groups living together as citizens.
Time magazine naming Greta Thunberg its “Person of the Year” struck many as absurd. “There is no one more privileged than the white girl refusing to go to school until literally everyone on earth changes the weather for her,” one writer tweeted. David Harsanyi, writing in The Federalist, argues that Thunberg’s media canonization is a perfect expression of a deeply unserious time.
Censorship is a constant of history, and every age spews forth squads who stand ready to rectify our errors of thinking – always in the name of a greater good. Frank Furedi, writing in Spiked, tells how “white supremacy” has been transformed into an all-purpose term used to pathologize white people and discredit some of human civilization’s most important legacies.
The good news about the environment rarely makes the headlines. Despite the lamentations of environmental extremists like “Extinction Rebellion,” the science tells a very different story. Matt Ridley, writing in The Spectator UK, argues that we have rarely been in better shape and that environmental and technological trends are pointing in the right direction.
Boris Johnson’s victory in last week’s UK election heralds a historic realignment in British politics. Writing in The New York Intelligencer, Andrew Sullivan argues that while Johnson appealed to similar populist forces as Donald Trump, Johnson unveiled a fresh formula for the political success of right-of-centre parties: make no apologies for your own country and culture.