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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.

Internet

Right-wingers should stop concern-trolling the left

Conservatives often challenge progressive tactics without challenging progressive ideas

By Ben Sixsmith

Drink

The dark side of energy drinks

Are energy drinks the work of the Devil?

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Steve Austin and the age of the antihero

Stone Cold was foul-mouthed, sadistic and mean — and people loved him

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Bo Burnham flirts with post-comedy

A lot of Inside is not even attempting to be funny

By Ben Sixsmith

Book Review

Stacey Abrams’s new novel is a love letter to lawyers

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Even Elon Musk couldn’t make SNL funny

Everything seemed so dated

By Ben Sixsmith

Place

Bath time

If you have lived in Bath since the beginning of the pandemic you might not have noticed the changes so viscerally

By Ben Sixsmith

Food

Can I be vegetarian and conservative?

As a vegetarian on the right, I would argue that there is nothing ‘traditional’ about modern livestock production

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Why are people dying at gender reveal parties?

These events have escalated to frightening, fascinating levels

By Ben Sixsmith

Europe

Should we blame America?

It’s hard for Europeans to argue that ‘culture wars’ and ‘identity politics’ are American imports

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Substack attack

What do progressives have against the newsletter platform?

By Ben Sixsmith

Science & Tech

The cult of Elon Musk

If this man was your 49-year-old uncle, you would be quietly disinviting him from Christmas dinner

By Ben Sixsmith

International

When a Nobel Peace Prize-winner goes to war

The Tigray war demonstrates the folly of presumptuously celebrating peace

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Does anybody practice what they preach?

What Joss Whedon’s downfall tells us about the application of morality

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Hi, historian here…

The stakes of online credentialism

By Ben Sixsmith

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