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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.

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

Book Review

Hillary Clinton’s thriller is a #Resistance fever dream

State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Dave Chappelle’s last special is no masterpiece

The comic has developed the irritating habit of emphasizing how transgressive he is being

By Ben Sixsmith

Science & Tech

Two cheers for preppers

As the Facebook outage portends, sometimes it’s good to be prepared

By Ben Sixsmith

Science & Tech

The truth about Facebook’s ‘metaverse’

We should have learned by now that the digital isn’t altogether healthier than the real

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Gabby Petito and the pitfalls of online sleuthing

If you are bald, young-ish and somewhere in North America, there is a good chance that you have been misidentified as Brian Laundrie

By Ben Sixsmith

Gaming

Could the Chinese gaming clampdown backfire?

The CCP now permits minors just three hours of gaming a week

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

‘Chris Chan’ and the grotesque online attention sideshow

Watching people’s lives spiral out of control can make people feel better about their own

By Ben Sixsmith

Education

When child abuse was avant-garde

The prominence of pedophilia in Sixties and Seventies thought

By Ben Sixsmith

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