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There’s a long overdue backlash brewing
From the Magazine
It will take some time to reassure the world that the UK is a model of self-government
The kids are not all right, and the experts have been sounding alarms for years
Science & Tech
Biden is doing trans activists’ bidding and young Americans will suffer
For Aristophanes, communism was one long, uproarious joke
Gen Z is realizing that approval from a fancy university isn’t the only path to success
The great emancipation of women has brought the great emasculation of our brothers
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
As its institutional order rots, will the American right be ascendant?
To say he’s the most indefatigable promoter that ever lived is an understatement
Abortion once scrambled the country’s politics. It will do so again
How can I extol the virtues of anti-racism while birthing another white person?
A bootblack is a bootblack in the eyes of the lobbyists and lawyers
The foreign policy guru sits down with The Spectator
Andrew Roberts and Henry Kissinger
I’m in Hanoi for a month as part of my Walking the World project
The special counsel exploded a ‘resistance’ myth
Joe Biden, take note: you’re no Ronald Reagan
Historically, many psychedelics were used as divinatory tools
Joe Biden is an errand boy, a figurehead, and he has outlived his plausibility
Perhaps surprisingly, Judaism does not have a black-and-white stance on the issue
Daniella Greenbaum Davis
Sometimes our criminal justice system isn’t harsh enough
Rafael A. Mangual
Books + Arts
He had a major but unsung inspiration: the now-neglected novelist William Gerhardie
And his biographies of great lives sparkle nicely
Narco-states, rogue oil kingdoms… this sequel novel has it all
Why do we find the dark side of sexuality so terrifying?
A new book makes you ask, somewhat apprehensively, what will happen there next
After a controversial postponement, the Philip Guston retrospective has landed in Boston
Andrew L. Shea
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is an important film about the internet
Nicky Otis Smith
Recalling the moral clarity of Lillian Hellman’s The North Star
The band’s return is not just welcome but overdue
On the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it’s well worth revisiting his remarkable career
Cultural mavens shouldn’t miss out on a knockout exhibition curated by Emily King
Switch, alas, to the present: surgery as spectacle stretches the limits of disgust
There was a wall of books, ashtrays from the golden age of smoking and an air of greater liberty
I waited twenty years for the Tina call — but alas I suspect I’ve got a lot more waiting to do
Albert Brisbane somehow avoided sharing the wealth with his neighbors
Postmodern man is characterized by an obsession with technique and technology
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
And is collecting it on private property a civil right?
Nice, as in ‘a nice cup of tea,’ was a word loathed by my schoolmistresses
The Passion Play was political, and not even particularly religious
The people are still here but their great cities have been swallowed by the jungle
Food + Drink
We live in the era of the overmarketed, oversweetened, overpriced and overexplained cocktail
Plus a recipe for Saugatuck Succotash
Calla Jones Corner
It’s up there with the best New York and London have to offer
A little ‘global warming’ has done wonders for England’s wine harvests
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.