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June 2020

The Spectator World

‘We need a careful but determined uncoupling from China’s vast economy. When the COVID-19 crisis passes, America must deploy an industrial policy to strike a better balance between globalization and the national interest.’

Education

Professing virtues

Not since the late 19th century in Germany have the Herr Professor Doktors been held in such high esteem

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Politics

Neocons come home to roost

Reagan was tarred as an extremist in much the same terms as Trump. Yet the neocons supported him

By Daniel McCarthy

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Viral contagion

The uncontainable spread of fake coronavirus news

By Damian Thompson

From the Magazine

Last of the playboy adventurers: remembering Peter Beard

Leaving Africa removed the authentic core that justified the hedonism of the rest of his life

By Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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Malevolent depravity: the rise of PrEP

A successful anti-Aids drug is wreaking havoc

By Chadwick Moore

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Bannon’s one agenda in the White House was China

Bannon was pushed out by Jared Kushner, because Kushner wanted to do business with China and Saudi

By Taki

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Our exile in London

The rich are in their country cottages tweeting about social distancing and playing videos of cats playing violins

By Aidan Hartley

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How ‘odd’ became normal

Odd is Scandinavian in origin, Viking if you like

By Dot Wordsworth

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Is this the Boog?

First the government makes you wear a mask to go to the supermarket. Next they’ll be after your guns

By Philip Delves Broughton

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China

Wuhdunnit? We have only suspicions, not proof

The idea that the virus is man-made is not just a crazy theory that Trump got from one of his golf buddies

By Paul Wood

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Politics

We need a Pompeo Plan to tame the dragon

The demagogues’ answer is to repatriate American production overnight. But this is impossible

By Dominic Green

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Let’s blame China

Much of the western media is behaving like a subsidiary of the Chinese Communist party

By Roger Kimball

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China

Xi’s useful idiots against free speech

Free-thinking people everywhere should condemn those among us who facilitate China’s lies

By Toby Young

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Internet

Rebuilding #MeToo

Just because politics took the movement and made it toxic, doesn’t mean we can’t take it back

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

EDITORIAL: a new balance

America must deploy an industrial policy to strike a better balance between globalization and the national interest

By Spectator Editorial

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Books + Arts

Books

Consider the lilies

Blooming Flowers: A Seasonal History of Plants and People by Kasia Boddy reviewed

By Peter Parker

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Art

I hate the Nineties

The Nineties began in hope but ended in disaster

By Ben Sixsmith

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Art

The rise and fall of Peter Bogdanovich

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, Orson Welles and falling out of favor with Hollywood

By David Thomson

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Television

The modern art of stupid-smart

We’ve always had bogus public intellectuals, but never before have they been quite so bogus

By Matt McDonald

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Art

Count my blessings

Meeting the inimitable Basie

By Philip Terzian

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Books

Articles of War

In this excerpt from his autobiography Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime, David Pryce-Jones meets the survivors of the 20th century

By David Pryce-Jones

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Books

Bump in the night

Blithe Spirits: An Imaginative History of the Poltergeist by S.D. Tucker reviewed

By Stephen Bayley

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Art

The shape of things

On shape-note singing and my friend Stephen

By Damian Thompson

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Books

Rach’s progress

Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis by Rachel Johnson reviewed

By P.J. O’Rourke

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Life

Home

A June election in Genesee County

We will learn once more that ’tis better to be a flower-seeker than a power-seeker

By Bill Kauffman

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Home

The joy of Xanax

Back in her examination room, I presented her with my sample

By Jeremy Clarke

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Faith

It’s the eschatology, stupid

What should Christians think about the pandemic?

By Luke Coppen

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Home

Keeping up with the Santorums

Lockdown in Virginia with the former senator’s huge family

By Madeleine Kearns

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Home

Back to the future

How the post-pandemic world could resemble the 1950s

By Michael Lind

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Place

Place

Horrors of the plantation

Former slaves who worked for wages still had to buy food from the plantation shop: they were trapped

By Elisa Segrave

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Place

Czar quality

Under the czars and the communists, Georgia was where Russians went to party

By William Cook

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Food + Drink

Drink

Strawberry yields forever

The ultimate summer fruit, if you can afford it

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Arise, the cupcake

It’s the Taylor Swift of snacks

By Amber Athey

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Drink

Feed it to the Marines

There’s no taste like home

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Drink

Cellar’s market

What bubbles up must go down

By Roger Kimball

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