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Ben Sixsmith

Ben Sixsmith is a Spectator contributing writer based in Poland. He is the author of Noughties: Eleven Echoes of a Dismal Decade.

Book Review

Dave Rubin’s lazy new book

It’s a case study in what not to do

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Frank James’s private hell

The subway shooter hated white people and was a very online loner

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

The men who want to be castrated

Where does identity end and illness begin?

By Ben Sixsmith

Europe

Biden’s Warsaw speech was both baffling and moving

He ended by saying that Putin ‘cannot remain in power’

By Ben Sixsmith

Europe

Eating donuts in Poland as the bombs fall

A country waits on edge for more refugees from Ukraine

By Ben Sixsmith

Culture

Fifty years of Fear and Loathing

Hunter S. Thompson saw the twenty-first century coming

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Blackpill: inside the incel death cult

An online in-joke becomes real-world terrorism

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

The vindictive ‘West Elm Caleb’ social media feeding frenzy

If you want casual dating, don’t be too surprised when people treat you casually as well

By Ben Sixsmith

Politics

The Capitol riot transformed right-wing activism in America

Its criminal implications were deeply significant, of course, but it was also a disaster for the right

By Ben Sixsmith

Drink

Tastings from an energy drink connoisseur

What energy drink, I ask myself, will aid an energetic think?

By Ben Sixsmith

Business

How is the new Gawker so dull?

The original site was a hive of mean-spirited moralists. The new iteration is worse

By Ben Sixsmith

Culture

Keep tribalism out of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial

This is the kind of moment where the flaws of partisanship become most apparent

By Ben Sixsmith

Politics

Kid Rock conservatism

Can hatred of snowflakes keep him and his fans in the right-wing fold?

By Ben Sixsmith

Books

The return of Thomas Pynchon?

The mysterious novelist posts on a movie character’s Twitter account — or does he?

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Down the QAnon rabbit hole

The conspiracy theorists are still around and they have big insights about JFK and the Devil

By Ben Sixsmith

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