The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The intelligentsia in an open society are influential in a way that is sometimes poorly understood. Fashionable opinion makers in a democracy are rarely Machiavellian movers and … Continue reading After Paris
Growing up the child of conservative working class parents, there were only two newspapers that made a regular appearance in our house – the Sun (for Dad) and the Daily Mail (for Mum). I don’t ever recall seeing a broadsheet at home, let alone a paper with leftwing views. Consequently, when I look back, my … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Mail?
If religion were a part of life, based upon the life and thought of to-day, people could afford to laugh about it, to joke about it, to caricature it, to use the language of uneducated and coarse men and women about it, as they do about marriage, parentage, and a score of other things, the … Continue reading No Apologies: A Guide to Irresponsible Freedom
Despite the idiotic sneer that such principles are “fashionable”, it is always the ideas of secularism, libertarianism, internationalism, and solidarity that stand in need of reaffirmation. Christopher Hitchens On 7th December last year, some twenty Muslim men stormed a book launch in Amsterdam and promptly declared a death sentence upon the book’s author. They unfurled … Continue reading You Can’t Read This Blog: Reviewing Nick Cohen