The mysticism of the Far-Right

7 Apr

Lloyd George famously pronounced Hitler a reasonable man with reasonable aims. But had he spoken to him recently about how the Fuhrer used a dowser to scour the Reich Chancellery for “cancerous death rays”, or for that matter to Goebbels about Nostradamus? The French soothsayer was Goebbels’ favourite nightstand reading. For his part, Himmler employed his own private sage, a […]

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Will the pandemic kill off libertarianism?

25 Mar

Why won’t people stay at home? Why did the Government have to order the pubs to close to stop people huddling together in the sweaty bundles of humanity that Covid-19 loves so much? When and if the coronavirus crisis is contained, there will be many reckonings and re-evaluations, not least about the relationship between the […]

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Can your ideology cope with coronavirus?

24 Mar

How prepared were we for this pandemic? Not very. Be it financially, logistically or medically, we’re scrambling to increase our resilience. Ideologically, however, a lot of people seem to have everything they need — not least, a limitless supply of easy answers. Phew! The coronavirus may be wreaking havoc elsewhere, but to those of a […]

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How political correctness went mad

9 Mar

Last month the journalist Toby Young founded the Free Speech Union. Its mission is to “stand up for the right of its members to tell the truth in all circumstances, even if that means causing offence to some”. Young himself has had to resign from a plethora of positions in the face of a huge […]

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