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November 2020

‘The events of this year, agonizing though they have been, have only confirmed the role of the US as the leader among nations.’

October 2020

The Spectator would like to make one appeal in this tumultuous year: for America to keep faith in democracy.’

September 2020

‘From the moment Trump took the oath of office, his presidency has not been about “Trumpism”. It has been about Donald Trump. Every day of the Trump presidency is like a new episode of a reality TV show.’

August 2020

‘It’s hard to oppose, let alone revile, a man who often seems to have no idea what he is saying. Biden elicits a combination of sympathy and apathy, yet he keeps surging ahead in the polls.’

July 2020

‘What’s really happening in America is a crisis of authority, from the White House down to your local police precinct. This in turn derives from a crisis in America’s identity — and that’s not about race or racism. It is a crisis in national confidence.’

June 2020

‘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.’

May 2020

‘We are told that “we’re in this together” by people who can afford to wait out the epidemic in the way the aristocrats of old retreated to their estates when the plague arrived in the city. It is more accurate to say that we are, as this edition’s cover puts it, “together, alone”.’

April 2020

‘We’ve dedicated this issue to the much-discussed but sometimes nebulous subject of “post-liberalism”. The Spectator has always supported liberty and will continue to, but, as Tim Stanley suggests, liberalism may now need saving from itself.’

March 2020

‘Never attribute to malice that which can be attributed to incompetence, they say. Sure enough, there is plenty of the latter at work in national politics. The Democratic side of the presidential race has become a muddle, with too many candidates and no clear message.’

February 2020

The Spectator has, since its founding in 1828, always stood on the side of free expression and thought. Without those freedoms, civilized society will quickly fall apart.’

January 2020

‘In 2010, the smart people were either thrilled or alarmed by the prospect of an “emerging Democratic majority”, created by high immigration, de-industrialization and college education. Ten years on, influential magazines are still warning Republicans to play nice with a newly diverse electorate or go the way of the Whigs.’

December 2019

‘A Democratic party a little less obsessed with digging around for presidential conspiracies and a little more eager to call out Trump for bad housekeeping might have a better chance of defeating him in 2020.’

November 2019

‘Extinction Rebellion has discovered that by mixing up its demands with concern for the environment, it can win support — or at least a passing kind of support — from a much wider band of the population.’

October 2019

‘Our contributors are chosen for originality and sense of style, not political affiliation. It’s not The Spectator’s job to tell people how to think: we want to entertain and challenge readers.’