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Get set for the Great Reset

What our elites seek is coercion by apocalypse, transforming our free society as we know it

By Spectator Editorial

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Diary

No slouch on the couch

Fox is very transparent about what’s hard news, which are opinion shows and which are hybrid shows

By Rachel Campos-Duffy

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Economics

Welcome to the end of democracy

A rising tide of money and administrative power defines the rising autocracy

By Joel Kotkin

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COVID

It’s the Dawn of Omicron

I’m more afraid of how governments will weaponize a new variant than of the Omicron variant itself

By Bridget Phetasy

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China

The China reckoning

The China ‘struggle’ that Xi lays before the world will define the next generation of American foreign and security policy

By Michael R. Auslin

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Culture

Plato and the attempt to ‘decolonize’ Shakespeare

The Globe Theatre in London has launched a project to do just that

By Peter Jones

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Business

The dive is alive

When our restaurant scene is rebuilt, perhaps there will be room once again for the humble dive

By Matt Purple

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Culture

Covid and the rise of the Zoom class

The pandemic has both revealed and accelerated class differences that have been decades in the making

By Mary Harrington

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Culture

How the 1960s institutionalized us

The long march of the cultural revolution has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams

By Roger Kimball

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International

The next chapter in American foreign policy

Our choices are constrained by the needs of our internal order

By Daniel McCarthy

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Education

The Tudor roots of wokecraft

The Reformation was a top-down affair, an agenda imposed by a cultural and political elite

By Grayson Quay

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Culture

Eighty years after Wannsee

Jews should see existential threats for what they are

By Daniella Greenbaum Davis

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Politics

Back in the USA

If we are ‘back’ to anything, it is the blundering of the George W. Bush administration on the sands of Iraq and the levees of Louisiana

By Christopher Caldwell

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International

Will Armen Sarkissian save Armenia?

More than a year after war broke out, the country is in need of steady leadership

By Kapil Komireddi

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Education

Are New England’s stone heaps Native Americans’ sacred ruins?

Native Americans are being exploited by self-interested settler-colonists — yet again

By Timothy H. Ives

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Business

Bring back New York

The best city in the world is in decline and its denizens don’t seem to notice

By Karol Markowicz

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Books + Arts

Book Review

Who killed Bambi?

The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest by Felix Salten reviewed

By Andrew Stuttaford

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Book Review

The invisible hand

The Maid by Nita Prose reviewed

By Amanda Craig

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Books

One hundred years of Ulysses

James Joyce’s Ulysses caused a sensation on its publication a century ago

By Patrick Hastings

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Books

On literary cross-dressing

The pre-woke literary world considered authorial freedom sacrosanct

By Alex Perez

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Book Review

Style and substance

Réginald-Jérôme de Mans evokes a Parisian world of glittering elegance

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Books

Stacking up

Substack gives authors an opportunity to take back control of their own careers and destinies

By Alexander Larman

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Exhibitions

Kandinsky’s colors

Kandinsky is getting spun up the Guggenheim’s spiral

By Mario Naves

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Music

Wynton’s works

Wynton Marsalis has not allowed tradition to become self-serving traditionalism

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Exhibitions

How did Walt Disney learn from Ancien Régime decoration?

Inspiring Walt Disney makes the case that Disney’s studio functioned in a similar way to an eighteenth-century decorative art manufactory

By Jane Coombs

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Theater

Truth in Duluth

Girl from the North Country is a delight as pure as birdsong

By Robert S. Erickson

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Film

Jake Gyllenhaal is guilty

He carries his latest film and keeps it from going off the rails

By Alex Perez

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Film

Richard Lester at ninety

He lent ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ the spirit of untamed frivolity

By Peter Tonguette

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Podcasts

Carry that weight

Not just women’s health but sexual health in general has been understudied by the medical community for a long time

By Jessa Crispin

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Life

High Life

I’ve been back one week and the good old US of A has never seemed more depressing

Is this the future of American culture, already a contradiction in terms, or is it progressivism, as some call the chaos?

By Taki

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Low Life

The healing power of Champagne

‘Glass of bubbly, Marigold?’ I asked Catriona’s sister at a quarter to nine on the first morning of her visit

By Jeremy Clarke

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Home

Did the culture wars kill the New Year’s Eve party?

How do we celebrate when all the old pleasures have been pathologized?

By Cosmo Landesman

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Home

Mark Twain in Buffalo

Mark Twain would be hopelessly out of favor with both wings of the modern duopoly

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

The exhortative tradition in America

To summon your brethren to raise a City Upon a Hill as a beacon to all mankind is a pretty tall order

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Language

The language of the victimhood war

To own occupies a semantic field which turns out to be a Grimpen Mire

By Dot Wordsworth

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Place

Place

In search of Sisi

Sisi was the first royal celebrity of the modern age

By William Cook

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Place

Staten my preference

Staten Island offers the spiritual antonym to elitist performances such as the Met Gala and the Oscars that peddle a distortion of American life

By James Jeffrey

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Food + Drink

Food

How to survive eating out

The greatest human spirits would view the new era of show-your-papers dining not as a hardship, but as an opportunity

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Tastings from an energy drink connoisseur

What energy drink, I ask myself, will aid an energetic think?

By Ben Sixsmith

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Drink

Travels with Herodotus

Young grapes and Ancient Greeks

By Roger Kimball

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Food

Making a raclette

One thing we all agreed on was cheese, cheese, cheese and more cheese — calories be damned

By Calla Jones Corner

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Food

Getting drunk on tiramisu

The dessert has a detailed creation myth

By Tanya Gold

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