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Lionel Shriver

Education

America has betrayed its young

Never mind meritocracy; all that matters is what categories you fall into by accident of birth

By Lionel Shriver

Culture

Why would so few Americans defend their country?

In a war, 38 percent of Americans would pile their SUVs high and join tailbacks for Canada or Mexico

By Lionel Shriver

Economics

Our monetary bubble is about to burst

Central banks are riding to the rescue on those miniature ponies that come up to your waist

By Lionel Shriver

Law

The Supreme Court and the trouble with affirmative action

Too many Americans in positions of authority have been put there for the wrong reasons

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

Immigration payouts are a re-gift to Donald Trump

Most Americans don’t fancy rewarding the violation of their immigration laws

By Lionel Shriver

Television

My advice to Dave Chappelle

Defensiveness is a strategic mistake

By Lionel Shriver

Science & Tech

E-everything is heading your way

These e-people are even more blithely oblivious of traffic laws than the troglodytes in Lycra

By Lionel Shriver

Home

The COVID pantomime at my father’s memorial

The Grand Neurosis that gripped the Big Apple in 2020 is showing the sharpness of its talons

By Lionel Shriver

Science & Tech

Why vaccine passports are pointless

If both classes of citizen can still get and spread the virus, vaccination is not an act of noble altruism

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

Immigration is Joe Biden’s Achilles heel

The President has effectively helicoptered ‘Welcome to the United States!’ flyers all over Latin America

By Lionel Shriver

Science & Tech

The strange theater of mask-wearing

Why would we go back to interacting with fellow humans as if they’re anything other than repulsive?

By Lionel Shriver

Economics

The true cost of make-believe money

Biden commands trillions in the way previous presidents have commanded billions

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

Who fears a society that hates itself?

Masochists of the West, unite!

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

The case against reparations for slavery

Such payments would bolster the far-right, inflame racial resentment and sanction the concept of heritable guilt

By Lionel Shriver

Politics

The one story the media wishes to tell America about itself

The tragedy in Atlanta seems weirder than the pat version about prejudice promoted in the news

By Lionel Shriver

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