Ben Sixsmith


Should we blame America?

It’s hard for Europeans to argue that ‘culture wars’ and ‘identity politics’ are American imports

By Ben Sixsmith


Substack attack

What do progressives have against the newsletter platform?

By Ben Sixsmith

Science & Tech

The cult of Elon Musk

If this man was your 49-year-old uncle, you would be quietly disinviting him from Christmas dinner

By Ben Sixsmith


When a Nobel Peace Prize-winner goes to war

The Tigray war demonstrates the folly of presumptuously celebrating peace

By Ben Sixsmith


Does anybody practice what they preach?

What Joss Whedon’s downfall tells us about the application of morality

By Ben Sixsmith


Hi, historian here…

The stakes of online credentialism

By Ben Sixsmith


The problem with conspiracy theories

Bogus ideas can be inflammatory, setting people against each other within families and friendship groups

By Ben Sixsmith


The meaning of Monster

Like cigarette smokers, energy drink enthusiasts have clear and particular tastes

By Ben Sixsmith


The carnival in the Capitol

They know the eyes of the world are upon them — and at least some of them appear to enjoy the attention

By Ben Sixsmith


The sad irony of celebrity pastors

Instead of making me want to become more like them, it looks very much as if they want to become more like me

By Ben Sixsmith


Jake Paul, the Great White Nope

The YouTuber makes the most of the outrage economy

By Ben Sixsmith


What is the Great Reset?

It’s not everything it’s cracked up to be

By Ben Sixsmith


COVID, lockdowns and misery

Weren’t we lonely enough before?

By Ben Sixsmith


Sarah Cooper’s Netflix special is a crime against comedy

The real star is the producer’s phonebook

By Ben Sixsmith


Andrew Cuomo’s revisionist history

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic by Andrew Cuomo reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

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