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Spectator Editorial

Why ESG is sinister

There’s a long overdue backlash brewing

By The Editors

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Diary

The ugly end of Boris Johnson

It will take some time to reassure the world that the UK is a model of self-government

By Conrad Black

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Culture

The crisis of Generation Z

The kids are not all right, and the experts have been sounding alarms for years

By Jesse Singal

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Science & Tech

The ‘conversion therapy’ canard

Biden is doing trans activists’ bidding and young Americans will suffer

By Madeleine Kearns

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Education

The true birth of communism

For Aristophanes, communism was one long, uproarious joke

By Peter Jones

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Education

Why I joined the college exodus

Gen Z is realizing that approval from a fancy university isn’t the only path to success

By Rikki Schlott

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Culture

It’s time for feminists to say #MenToo

The great emancipation of women has brought the great emasculation of our brothers

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Politics

Life after liberalism

As its institutional order rots, will the American right be ascendant?

By Daniel McCarthy

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Business

Vince McMahon’s final act

To say he’s the most indefatigable promoter that ever lived is an understatement

By Art Tavana

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Politics

Dobbs has changed America forever

Abortion once scrambled the country’s politics. It will do so again

By Ben Domenech

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Culture

I apologize for my white baby

How can I extol the virtues of anti-racism while birthing another white person?

By Bridget Phetasy

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Policy

The coldness of K Street

A bootblack is a bootblack in the eyes of the lobbyists and lawyers

By Billy McMorris

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Politics

Henry Kissinger on Ukraine and China

The foreign policy guru sits down with The Spectator

By Andrew Roberts and Henry Kissinger

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International

Walking Hanoi

I’m in Hanoi for a month as part of my Walking the World project

By Chris Arnade

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Politics

What John Durham has proved

The special counsel exploded a ‘resistance’ myth

By Eli Lake

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Economics

Inflation is the great destroyer

Joe Biden, take note: you’re no Ronald Reagan

By Matt Purple

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Science & Tech

How LSD helped me find God

Historically, many psychedelics were used as divinatory tools

By Birdie Hall

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Politics

The great White House replacement

Joe Biden is an errand boy, a figurehead, and he has outlived his plausibility

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

Asking a rabbi about abortion

Perhaps surprisingly, Judaism does not have a black-and-white stance on the issue

By Daniella Greenbaum Davis

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Law

The cost of decarceration

Sometimes our criminal justice system isn’t harsh enough

By Rafael A. Mangual

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Books + Arts

Books

Evelyn Waugh’s sincerest form of flattery

He had a major but unsung inspiration: the now-neglected novelist William Gerhardie

By William Boyd

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Book Review

Henry Kissinger’s likely last book is on leadership

And his biographies of great lives sparkle nicely

By James Snell

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Book Review

Heat 2 is a classic of the crime genre

Narco-states, rogue oil kingdoms… this sequel novel has it all

By Zack Christenson

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Books

Mary Gaitskill and the body electric

Why do we find the dark side of sexuality so terrifying?

By Francesca Peacock

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Book Review

Berlin as the unreal city

A new book makes you ask, somewhat apprehensively, what will happen there next

By Andrew Stuttaford

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Exhibitions

Philip Guston in the padded room

After a controversial postponement, the Philip Guston retrospective has landed in Boston

By Andrew L. Shea

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Film

Sinking into the pixels

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is an important film about the internet

By Nicky Otis Smith

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Film

Ukraine in black and white

Recalling the moral clarity of Lillian Hellman’s The North Star

By Timothy Jacobson

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Music

Arcade Fire: the last of the art-rockers?

The band’s return is not just welcome but overdue

By Alexander Larman

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Music

The underrated Kenny Dorham

On the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it’s well worth revisiting his remarkable career

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Exhibitions

SoHo’s downtown drawings

Cultural mavens shouldn’t miss out on a knockout exhibition curated by Emily King

By Mario Naves

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Life

High Life

The magic of black and white films

Switch, alas, to the present: surgery as spectacle stretches the limits of disgust

By Taki

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Low Life

In praise of a solidly, wonderfully French hotel

There was a wall of books, ashtrays from the golden age of smoking and an air of greater liberty

By Jeremy Clarke

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London Life

My Tina Brown fantasy

I waited twenty years for the Tina call — but alas I suspect I’ve got a lot more waiting to do

By Cosmo Landesman

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American Life

The selfishness of rich socialists

Albert Brisbane somehow avoided sharing the wealth with his neighbors

By Bill Kauffman

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Prejudices

From modernism to totalitarianism

Postmodern man is characterized by an obsession with technique and technology

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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And Finally

What is junk, exactly?

And is collecting it on private property a civil right?

By Teresa Mull

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And Finally

The not-so-sweet roots of ‘nice’

Nice, as in ‘a nice cup of tea,’ was a word loathed by my schoolmistresses

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

Christ stopped at Oberammergau

The Passion Play was political, and not even particularly religious

By Roger Lewis

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Place

My encounters with the Mayans

The people are still here but their great cities have been swallowed by the jungle

By Lesley Downer

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Food + Drink

Drink

Beware the cocktail bore

We live in the era of the overmarketed, oversweetened, overpriced and overexplained cocktail

By Zoe Strimpel

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Food

The little joys of growing corn in Connecticut

Plus a recipe for Saugatuck Succotash

By Calla Jones Corner

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Food

Thai-celand: how southeast Asian cuisine took over Reykjavik

It’s up there with the best New York and London have to offer

By Hannah Moore

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Drink

English wine’s surprising sparkle

A little ‘global warming’ has done wonders for England’s wine harvests

By Roger Kimball

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