John R. MacArthur

Diary

New York has turned ugly

I haven’t seen so many overflowing garbage cans or homeless people since the 1970s

By John R. MacArthur

Politics

Is Trump more left-wing than Biden?

The President has a surprising capacity for progressive-sounding political analysis

By John R. MacArthur

Art

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

The 400 film reviews he wrote for the magazine are full of sparkling observation

By John R. MacArthur

Art

J’accuse…!

The banning of Roman Polanski’s film about the Dreyfus affair is history repeating itself

By John R. MacArthur

Politics

Elizabeth Warren is the Hillary Clinton of 2020

The Massachusetts senator is a left-wing populist for people who don’t want left-wing populism

By John R. MacArthur

Politics

Why won’t the Democrats impeach Trump?

If you can’t find high crimes in the Mueller report, you’re just not looking

By John R. MacArthur

Internet

Jeff Bezos isn’t a resistance hero – he’s a ruthless monopolist

The Amazon founder is no friend of the free press

By John R. MacArthur

Media

#MeToo and the death of American manners

It’s come as a rude surprise that polite behaviour seems to have disappeared wholesale from society

By John R. MacArthur

Books

Boxing not so clever

For Horace Hopper, the half-breed protagonist of Willy Vlautin’s bleak new novel, essential truths come slowly, and usually too late to do him any good. Abandoned by his Native American mother and Irish American father, he has exiled himself from the only people who love him, an elderly couple on a sheep ranch in deepest […]

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