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The Spectator is a weekly British magazine on politics, culture, and current affairs. It was first published in July 1828, thus making it the oldest weekly magazine in the world. It is owned by David and Frederick Barclay, who also own The Daily Telegraph newspaper, via Press Holdings. Its principal subject areas are politics and culture. Its editorial outlook is generally supportive of the Conservative Party, although regular contributors include some outside that fold, such as Frank Field, Rod Liddle and Slavoj Žižek. Alongside columns and features on current and not-so-current affairs, the magazine also contains arts pages on books, music, opera, and film and TV reviews.Source
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The rise of coercive progressivism | Spectator USA

The rise of coercive progressivism | Spectator USA

What has followed the killing of George Floyd did not begin with the death of a man under the knee of a police officer. The rioting and the statue-toppling, the shunnings and the firings, the institutional genuflections and the gleeful marching through newly conquered territory are the fruits of ideas and impulses long in germination. Critics interpret these events as the work of either a political movement or a new religion, but it is more accurate to say that it is both. A secular millenarianism is trying to tear down the liberal order and erect in its place a new order that we might call...

June 28, 2020
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It’s not about Woodrow Wilson. It’s about indoctrination | Spectator USA

It’s not about Woodrow Wilson. It’s about indoctrination | Spectator USA

On November 18, 2015, a group of Princeton University undergraduates calling themselves the Black Justice League, or BJL, invaded historic Nassau Hall and occupied President Christopher Eisgruber’s office overnight, refusing to leave until Eisgruber had agreed to, and signed off on, their list of ‘demands’. Most famously, they demanded the purging of Woodrow Wilson’s name from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and from one of the residential colleges, Wilson College. At the time, Eisgruber promised to form committees to discuss the students’ demands; skillfully...

June 28, 2020
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You say you want a revolution? | Spectator USA

You say you want a revolution? | Spectator USA

In the early hours of May 30, after a night of violent protests in New York, two lawyers were  by the NYPD. Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, Princeton and Fordham graduates respectively, were charged with attempting to firebomb a police vehicle with a Molotov cocktail.Mattis and Rahman are now indicted on seven felony charges for which they could face life in prison. What drove two promising young professionals with top-flight educational credentials to risk everything like this?Gary Saul Morson, an expert on Russian literature at Northwestern University, offered an . ‘To me it’s...

June 24, 2020
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Biden’s mental frailty makes him a Teflon candidate | Spectator USA

Biden’s mental frailty makes him a Teflon candidate | Spectator USA

President Trump gets away with a lot because much of the world thinks he’s a buffoon. Former vice president Joe Biden gets away with a lot because much of the world thinks he’s demented. Welcome to American politics in 2020.Trump may or may not be a buffoon; Biden may or may not be — there’s been perhaps too much speculation about his mental health. What is certain is that he gives the strong impression of being a doddery old codger. Perversely, in what Gore Vidal called the United States of Amnesia, that could be the key to his success. You can’t really blame a man who has lost his mind....

May 22, 2020
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Lockdowns are as contagious as COVID | Spectator USA

Lockdowns are as contagious as COVID | Spectator USA

Schools might never have closed in the first place had the coronavirus not started in China. Imagine it had started in Sweden. Whoever responded first was going to set the tone for the nations that followed. When we are uncertain about what to do, we look to the behavior of others to guide us.Imagine walking down a street with a new restaurant on either side (you remember restaurants, right?), and that you do not know anything about either of them. One has some customers inside, the other has none. Assuming you can get a table, you would choose the one with people in it because, in the...

May 22, 2020
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Stanford study suggests coronavirus might not be as deadly as flu | Spectator USA

Stanford study suggests coronavirus might not be as deadly as flu | Spectator USA

One of the great unknowns of the COVID-19 crisis is just how deadly the disease is. Much of the panic dates from the moment, in early March, when the World Health Organization (WHO) published a mortality rate of 3.2 percent — which turned out to be a crude ‘case fatality rate’ dividing the number of deaths by the number of recorded cases, ignoring the large number of cases which are asymptomatic or otherwise go unrecorded.The Imperial College modeling, which has been so influential on the UK government, assumed an infection fatality rate (IFR) of 0.9 percent. This was used to compute the...

May 20, 2020
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America’s worst lockdown laws | Spectator USA

America’s worst lockdown laws | Spectator USA

COVID-19 has the states in a state. Governors aren’t sure whether to roll out the reopening or roll up and arrest anyone who dares to step foot outside. Cockburn has violated plenty of laws in his time, as well as many time-honored customs in remote societies where the light of the Lord’s word has yet to penetrate. But he has yet to come across taboos so intolerable and regulations so ridiculous as the ones contrived by our corona-conscious elected leaders:Gov. Tom Wolf’s name sounds identical to that of novelist Thomas Wolfe. The governor goes in for similarly prolix flights of...

May 21, 2020
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Obama’s political police | Spectator USA

Obama’s political police | Spectator USA

In the beginning there was a clandestine ‘surveillance’ and ‘unmasking’ program by operatives in the Obama executive branch, targeting figures in some way related to President-Elect Trump during his 75-day transition period. But on January 5, 2017 the outgoing Obama administration took a fateful step.Obama convened a meeting in the Oval Office; present were his VP, the Deputy AG, his National Security Adviser, the heads of the FBI and CIA and perhaps one or two others. A decision was taken to open a counter-terrorism investigation. The target: the incoming president, Trump. The FBI chief,...

May 21, 2020
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Obama should apologize to Trump | Spectator USA

Obama should apologize to Trump | Spectator USA

Anyone who has children understands the importance of teaching them to say ‘sorry’ when they’ve done wrong. Apologizing for causing harm to others teaches our young to be empathetic. Being able to say sorry helps knit the fabric of society together. Otherwise, our social contract would devolve into petty squabbles and endless lawsuits.Alas, in the last few decades, as America has become more and more engaged in a cold civic war, we appear to have lost the ability to be contrite, especially in politics.We now know unequivocally that there was no substantial basis for the investigation of...

May 23, 2020
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Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography? | Spectator USA

Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography? | Spectator USA

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman Street Books, pp.288, $27.99Political autobiographies are written to conceal, not to reveal. They come in two eminently pulpable forms. One is the twilight apologia of the retired or defeated politician, the other the resumé-polishing pitch of the rising star. Which category Ilhan Omar’s autobiography falls into depends on whether you, like her, think she’s a cruelly traduced beacon of hope in a land of benighted bigotry; or whether, as one investigative journalist concluded, she has  the ‘worst spree of felonies by a...

May 21, 2020
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