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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

The problem with conspiracy theories

Bogus ideas can be inflammatory, setting people against each other within families and friendship groups

By Ben Sixsmith

Drink

The meaning of Monster

Like cigarette smokers, energy drink enthusiasts have clear and particular tastes

By Ben Sixsmith

Politics

The carnival in the Capitol

They know the eyes of the world are upon them — and at least some of them appear to enjoy the attention

By Ben Sixsmith

Faith

The sad irony of celebrity pastors

Instead of making me want to become more like them, it looks very much as if they want to become more like me

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Jake Paul, the Great White Nope

The YouTuber makes the most of the outrage economy

By Ben Sixsmith

China

What is the Great Reset?

It’s not everything it’s cracked up to be

By Ben Sixsmith

Home

COVID, lockdowns and misery

Weren’t we lonely enough before?

By Ben Sixsmith

Art

Sarah Cooper’s Netflix special is a crime against comedy

The real star is the producer’s phonebook

By Ben Sixsmith

Books

Andrew Cuomo’s revisionist history

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic by Andrew Cuomo reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Home

Duty of care: the trouble with America’s nursing homes

We will sacrifice so much to save lives. So why are we indifferent to the quality of those lives?

By Ben Sixsmith

Tech

Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for redemption

The new Facebook ‘Oversight Board’ is an attempt to prove that he is not above accountability and is responsive to criticism

By Ben Sixsmith

Books

Candace Owens’s book is a work of performance art

Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation by Candace Owens reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Politics

The tragedy of Aaron Coleman

Coleman did a very bad thing, very recently, and seeks to have a role where his personality is relevant to thousands of lives

By Ben Sixsmith

Books

The Vicky Osterweil delusion

In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action by Vicky Osterweil reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

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