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August 2020

The Spectator

‘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.’

Politics

The war for your mind

The Russians are coming. Again

By Paul Wood

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Politics

Donald Trump isn’t mad

The President on the couch

By Sheldon Roth, MD

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The Sex Worker of Babylon

The first usage of the term dates back to the New York Times in 1971

By Dot Wordsworth

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China

Save Taiwan

After Hong Kong, China has its eyes on another prize

By Alessio Patalano

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American magicians in London

In 2003, David Blaine spent 44 days in a plexiglass box suspended above the River Thames. It was amazing, yes, but it wasn’t magic

By Revd Steve Morris

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Politics

Biden is not the president America needs

First, he is old. Second, he is old-school

By Andrew Bacevich

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Internet

Twitter has stolen my life

I’m a slave to my online persona. And she’s a slave to the algorithm, and we must feed the algorithm

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

Same old same old

Politics is less bedeviled by the age of the parties’ leaders than by the staleness of the parties’ programs

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

Obama’s disappearing legacy

What exactly did he achieve?

By David J. Garrow

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Politics

What will Biden do?

Prepare for four more years of executive disappointment

By Matthew Continetti

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The bourgeois class is the most cowardly and easily intimidated in history

The alliance between the Intelligentsia and the Cave Anarchists, while informal, is also entirely natural and indeed inevitable

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Spectator Editorial

EDITORIAL: Biden offers no change and no hope

Expect four more years of disappointment and stasis

By Spectator Editorial

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Internet

Godfrey’s Race to Dinner

Your vanilla voice is not welcome. Your low-pigment opinions are invalid

By Godfrey Elfwick

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The dawn of the sex pest celebrity

Why can’t the famous stop thrusting their sexuality on us?

By Julie Burchill

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Books + Arts

Art

Human after all

Singer, patriot and pioneer of social distancing, Morrissey is once again a star

By John Waters

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Art

Guerra goes to war

After the waiting, the barbarians arrive

By Will Lloyd

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Books

The spy’s spy

From CIA officer to thriller-writer: the shadowy world of J.R. Seeger

By Toby Harnden

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Books

Last of the red-hot lovers

Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment by John Giorno reviewed

By Michael Millner

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Books

Mountain heir

To the Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova reviewed

By Hugh Thomson

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Art

Meet the Mozarts

The family that plays together…

By Richard Bratby

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Books

Cormac McCarthy, brutal but brilliant

The harshness and hope of an American master

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Art

Purple podcasters

The sensible center drives the woke to the edge of reason

By Robert Jackman

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Art

Statues and limitations

How we can reckon with the past without destroying it

By Cleo Roberts

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Art

Perry Mason jars

A brutal backstory for HBO’s decadent detective

By James Delingpole

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Life

Home

Babies on demand: the nasty side of surrogacy

One agency shows a smiling blonde wearing a T-shirt captioned ‘I grow cute babies’

By Madeleine Kearns

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Diary

Are we living in the golden age of political satire?

Late night hosts and comedians are hitting every slow, low Trump pitch over their plates out of the ballpark

By Christopher Buckley

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Home

How to restore civility in politics

Shrink state power so radically that policy disagreements would be akin to flyweight arguments over the merits of Coke vs Pepsi

By Bill Kauffman

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Faith

Cardinal virtues

The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates by Edward Pentin reviewed

By Jane Stannus

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Home

Yard envy

Lockdown has cruelly exposed my shortcomings

By Bill McMorris

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Media

The weaponization of whining

A crack in The Narrative? A glimmer of sanity? Maybe. Well, not really

By Roger Kimball

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Media

We’re all thought criminals now

If someone is accused of being racist or transphobic they are rarely given a chance to defend themselves

By Toby Young

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Low Life

What angry young French men want

As I bought the drinks, Didier told me that voluntary euthanasia was in and casino capitalism out

By Jeremy Clarke

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High Life

The mob mentality of the elite

Wagner believed that Nietzsche went bonkers on account of an excess of masturbation. If that’s true, many present types should be in the nuthouse

By Taki

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Places

Place

Happy hours

Tuscany or Provence? It’s the former for me every time

By Mark Palmer

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Place

A ticket to Rye

Rye encapsulates a quintessential sort of Englishness: creative yet conservative, cultural yet parochial

By William Cook

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Place

Trekking towards the future

In an economy that favors black economic empowerment, Afrikaners now struggle to find their footing

By Fr Terry Tastard

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Food + Drink

Drink

Cherry baby

The joyfullest of fruits shines in a complex recipe

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

A rosé by any other name

Lynch, Lulu and the love of Bandol

By Roger Kimball

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Drink

Avocado angst: is there anything safe to eat?

Such is our collective eco-anxiety that there now exists a Climate Psychology Alliance

By Frankie McCoy

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