Unherd
Poppy Coburn considers Extinction Rebellion comfy, aging posers doing little more than loudly petitioning the government for reform. That doesn’t mean the onetime Anarcho-Syndicalist (there still is such a thing) thinks climate fears are overblown. Far from it; as she explains in Unherd, the entire regime must be overthrown. Sometimes it helps to know what one is up against.
Unherd
Poppy Coburn considers Extinction Rebellion comfy, aging posers doing little more than loudly petitioning the government for reform. That doesn’t mean the onetime Anarcho-Syndicalist (there still is such a thing) thinks climate fears are overblown. Far from it; as she explains in Unherd, the entire regime must be overthrown. Sometimes it helps to know what one is up against.
City Journal
Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy explains that the corporate world’s seemingly whole-hearted commitment to “diversity, inclusion and equity” arises not from moral conviction but cynical fiscal calculation. In City Journal, Daniel Kennelly interviews Ramaswamy about his new book, Woke Inc: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.
Spectator
Like the Stasi on steroids, wokesters are constantly sniffing around for those who sin against the Church of Social Justice. The latest heretic is the author of a book that only last year won the Orwell Prize. In the Spectator, Toby Young laments that even a foundation dedicated to intellectual freedom has caved to the woke mob.
Unherd
The American withdrawal from Afghanistan condemns about 19 million women to a life of brutality under the Taliban and Sharia. In Unherd, Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks to American culture’s perversity in which pronoun use is more important than the lives and physical safety of living, breathing women and girls.
Quillette
Nations, like people, can experience collective traumas amounting to a psychological unravelling. Benjamin Kerstein, writing in Quillette, thinks a significant part of the American public on both the left and the right have given up on their country. There are numerous signs, writes Kerstein, that the American Republic is coming to an end.
The Pipeline
The social justice mob has taken umbrage with the naming of the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb, who led NASA during much of its glory period in 1961-1968, was an insufficiently woke white man. In The Pipeline, Janice Fiamengo predicts that the ideological purge in the hard sciences is only beginning.
American Mind
In American Mind, Michael Anton analyzes the lies, falsehoods and hypocrisy of the ascendant American ruling elite and allied media. Their rhetoric anathematizes political opponents and denies that the “deplorables” have any legitimate interests. Understanding and seeing through this rhetoric, writes Anton, is the first step to thinking clearly.
Quillette
Words have meanings that we use to describe, navigate and refer to objective reality. In Quillette, Michael Robillard argues that our shared, real world dissolves before ideologies that demand linguistic accommodation and, as objective truth recedes, spawn their own priestly caste of magical people who “speak all of reality into existence.”
Unherd
When it’s out of power, the left – including the union movement – always seems committed to freedom of expression. But when labour leader Paul Embery spoke at a pro-Brexit rally, his union executive was quick to strip him of his official duties. In Unherd, Embery tells of his travails and ultimate vindication.
Quillette
In Quillette, Razib Khan reviews American scholar Charles Murray’s new book, Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race In America. Murray thinks the rise of identity politics and critical race theory endangers the liberal social order. Only by facing reality, writes Murray, can America hope to salvage its great Enlightenment experiment.
Substack
The algorithms used by social media are notoriously incapable of distinguishing commentary from historical analysis or political advocacy. Case in point: Matt Taibbi in Substack tells of how Instagram, citing “community standards,” has removed postings that show Hitler’s rise to power as his contemporaries would have experienced it.
Unherd
The American withdrawal from Afghanistan has precipitated another migrant crisis for Europe, and centrist parties there are adopting policies previously considered the preserve of the radical right. In Unherd, Aris Roussinos takes the pulse of the new political mood, which includes hardened borders and expedited returns to countries of origin.
City Journal
President Eisenhower’s prophetic 1961 farewell address warned Americans of the emerging “military-industrial” complex. Today there’s an even more frightening bastard child, the military-industrial-media complex, a colossus well on its way to determining what we’re allowed to think. In City Journal, John Steele Gordon warns of the profound dangers this represents.
Unherd
That a biological laboratory can leak viruses is undisputed. So why the frantic resistance to any discussion that Covid-19 may have originated in a Chinese research lab (that was partially U.S.-funded)? In Unherd, Ian Birrell looks at how scientists, social media and governments suppressed a crucial debate by crying “conspiracy theory.”
American Greatness
Nations, like individuals, can lose their grip on reality and go mad. Surveying the growing lawlessness and irrationality around him, Victor Davis Hanson thinks that the American descent is well-advanced. In American Greatness, Hanson writes that recent events are unsustainable and “will either cease or destroy the nation.”
Spectator UK
Americans have long been told there are roughly 11 million “undocumented workers” in their country. A new study by Yale and MIT academics concludes the actual number of illegal aliens is closer to 22 million – with more arriving daily. In Spectator UK, Lionel Shriver thinks that unchecked immigration will prove the Achilles’ Heel of the Biden presidency.
Quillette
American students can now get a degree in “Diversity, Inclusion and Equity,” focusing on “theoretical approaches to social justice.” In Quillette, Heather MacDonald writes that enshrining DIE as an academic field further disorders and erodes the university’s historic mission of truth-seeking based on merit and objectivity.
Spectator World
The Liberal Party’s legislative priorities include a bill to banish “hate speech” and a gender identity bill that nullifies women’s sex-based rights. In Spectator World, Meghan Murphy writes that Canadians’ fundamental rights are being stolen from under our noses in a country run by “cowards and imbeciles.”
Law and Liberty
It’s the constantly repeated mantra of politicians who believe the incantation of these magic words releases them from fraught decisions. In Law and Liberty, Greg Weiner explains why few if any political challenges can be solved scientifically. In the political realm, moral judgement must always superintend science.
The Atlantic
Caitlin Flanagan, a successful writer at The Atlantic, thought herself too clever to succumb to that modern-day scourge, Twitter. Oh, was she wrong. Flanagan tells how her addiction to tweeting in 280 characters altered her circuitry, interrupted her ability to think cogently and logically, and generally disordered her life.
Unherd
Fascism concentrates economic power to achieve ideological goals, such as (in the 1930s) racial purity and conquest or (nowadays) gender equity and saving the planet. In Unherd, Joel Kotkin argues that the U.S. Democratic Party and corporate elite have joined into a new version of fascism.
The American Mind
Why are so many Wokesters walled off from rational discussion and immune to empirical evidence? Why are those who claim to be broad-minded, virtuous and sophisticated condescending and disdainful of those who see the world differently? In The American Mind, Graham Cunningham delves into the underlying psychology and historical roots of Wokeism.
Unherd
Brexit appears symptomatic of broader political changes worldwide, including rebellion against ceding political authority to international bodies. In Unherd, Robert Tombs writes that visions of a “sovereign Europe” have faded. “Like the old Austro-Hungarian empire,” Tombs observes, “the EU continues because it cannot be reformed or replaced.”
Spectator World
Canada’s colonial history bequeathed to us the richness of Western principles and values. In Spectator World, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a refugee from Somalia, unapologetically argues that the civilizational heritage of Western democracy is vastly superior to tribalism, communism or authoritarianism.
American Mind
America is more divided than at any time since its Civil War. Michael Anton thinks politicians must rouse themselves to genuine statesmanship to avert the horror of another violent secession. In The American Mind, Anton argues that the solution lies in redrawing state – and perhaps county and city – boundaries to reflect political realities.
The Epoch Times
We are not yet living in a totalitarian state, but we are assuredly experiencing totalitarian microclimates. In the Epoch Times, Theodore Dalrymple argues that our freedoms are eroded not by government fiat but by monomaniacal pressure groups seeking to impose their views and their rules on society.
Spectator US
The American experiment cuts against the grain of human nature, which is to trust and care for people like us and be suspicious of people unlike us. In the Spectator /i>World<io, Charles Murray argues that identitarianism has led to a growing white backlash, which will ultimately challenge the federal government’s legitimacy.
The Worthy House
Robert Conquest’s 1985 tome What To Do When The Russians Come is eerily prescient. In The Worthy House, Charles Haywood argues that, like the Soviets, we are in the grip of a poisonous utopian ideology. We need merely substitute “woke” for “Marxist-Leninist” and we see a society almost indistinguishable from what Conquest describes.
Quillette
Many past cultures left no written record, so their orally transmitted creation myths are now increasingly misused to trump scientific evidence such as DNA analysis. In Quillette, Elizabeth Weiss and James W. Springer tell how disagreeing with the literal interpretation of animistic myths is met with predictable cries of “racism” and “white privilege.”
The American Mind
J.D. Vance believes there’s a direct connection between woke capitalism and the current plundering of American cities. In The American Mind, Vance notes how the corporate class destroying America is also profiting from it, and argues that Americans need to fight back by reorienting the economy back towards the “real”.
Quillette
CRT is a profoundly racist doctrine predicated on the ludicrous proposition that society consists of whites who have “privilege” and non-whites who are “oppressed.” In Quillette, Kenny Xu and Christian Watson argue that CRT is the polar opposite of the civil rights movement, fetishizing divisiveness and oppression and grinding down liberal impulses.