March

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March 2020

The Spectator

‘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.’

Politics

Impeachment: the verdict of history

The 22nd century looks back on the last days of liberal democracy

By James Hankins

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In 2020, the best is marked for oblivion

A progressive-minded man born into the 14th century would have fought the Renaissance tooth and nail

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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We’ve been pansexual for a while now

Like ‘television’, ‘pansexuality’ is a bastard form, founded half on a Greek word and half on a Latin one

By Dot Wordsworth

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Middle East

Shia chaos

The militia that’s holding Iraq hostage

By Colin Freeman

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Spectator Editorial

EDITORIAL: Democracy in danger

Nothing quite matches the scale of today’s disillusionment with democracy

By Spectator Editorial

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Politics

What makes Bloomie run?

Let’s not hear it for the little guy

By Taki

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Will you guys take Harry and Meghan to your hearts?

California, here one comes…

By Rod Liddle

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Moderation, one day at a time

A part of my brain is perpetually searching for an excuse to drink — and what better excuse than half the country descending into a collective existential crisis?

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

What the new nationalism means

The revolution is complete. The old revolutionaries are now the establishment

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

My time in the Yang gang

This wasn’t scripted. This was never meant to be scripted

By Caroline McCarthy

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China

In coronavirus quarantine

House arrest in China could be worse

By Alex Colville

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Politics

Global warning: 2020 Dems are floundering on foreign policy

We must end forever wars, except when Trump tries to end them

By Matt Purple

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Politics

Andy Khawaja: ‘the whistleblower’

Andy Khawaja is charged with campaign finance violations. He says there’s a bigger story

By Paul Wood

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Politics

Bernie Sanders is The Corbynizer

A true socialist, Sanders has been poised on his Marx all his life for this moment

By Dominic Green

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My favorite gun is the gun that will save my life

‘Any man with any strength should go to a .45’

By John Meroney

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Politics

The Democrats are fracking insane

Proposing a ban is election suicide. The Democrats are doing it anyway.

By James Delingpole

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Politics

Democrat blues: the leadership fears and loathes the grassroots

Party bosses appear to espouse the betrayal of their base as a core value

By Andrew Cockburn

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Politics

Trump steals the Dems’ spotlight at New Hampshire rally

‘We have the highest poll numbers we’ve ever had — thank you, Nancy, very much’

By Amber Athey

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Politics

2020 is a mirror image of 2016

Bernie is the Chinese finger trap of the election — the harder you pull, the stronger he gets

By Stephen L. Miller

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Politics

Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address was nothing less than magnificent

His major speeches will go down as among the most eloquent and important in the nation’s history

By Roger Kimball

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Books + Arts

Art

The human clay

As he collects more than three decades of thinking and writing about sculpture into a new book, Eric Gibson introduces a few of his favorite things

By Eric Gibson

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Art

Mass appeal: Stanford in Stamford

An American debut, only a century late

By Madeleine Kearns

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Books

Around the world in 49 days

The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World by Samuel Zipp reviewed

By David Bahr

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Books

How close is humanity to destroying itself?

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord reviewed

By Tom Chivers

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Art

‘All rock ’n’ roll starts and ends with Lou Reed’

Our rock critic has made an album with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Here he explains how…

By Luke Haines

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Books

Becoming shades

Actress by Anne Enright reviewed

By Ruth Scurr

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Books

Uniform beats

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany by Uwe Schütte reviewed

By Jay Elwes

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Art

An old master who still feels new

El Greco is at the Art Institute of Chicago. Can we trust the modernists on the gifts of ‘The Greek’?

By Benjamin Riley

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Art

Cats: The Snuff Movie

Too many Netflix true-crime documentaries are tiresome and overlong. This one was a lot worse than that

By James Delingpole

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Books

Birth of a nation

India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy by Madhav Khosla reviewed

By Kapil Komireddi

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Books

I won’t read American Dirt — but not because the author has the wrong skin color

You can’t own stories. You can’t patent topics and classes of character

By Lionel Shriver

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Life

Humor

I fell out with my friend Chrysanthia over abortion

As a transwoman, the chance of me ever being able to have an abortion in my lifetime is slim

By Godfrey Elfwick

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High Life

Why do monsters make such good writers?

Hitler put down ‘writer’ as his occupation while starving and unemployed in Vienna

By Taki

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Home

The remarkable Martha Treichler

Black Mountain left a mark on her and her husband Bill

By Bill Kauffman

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Faith

Ganging up on Israel

To paraphrase Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, the evil that men tweet lives after them, while the good is oft interred with their bones

By Toby Young

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Low Life

The lessons I learned cycling across Rwanda

‘There is no ethnicity here now’, said my escort Eric, moments before I shot headfirst over the handlebars

By Jeremy Clarke

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Places

Place

Do cry for her, Argentina

‘Poor people don’t want someone to protect them who is old and dowdy,’ Eva once explained

By Andrew Stuttaford

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Place

Addicted to Addis

We downed jugs of turbo, a popular Ethiopian concoction of white wine, beer and Sprite

By James Jeffrey

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Food + Drink

Drink

Say cheese

Forget Kraft Singles: North American cheesemaking is thriving

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Pity the poor pangolin

I ate one and survived

By Jason Goodwin

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Drink

Vintage Brooklyn: the wines of Red Hook

We tasted six or seven maturing wines straight from the barrel. It was a little like watching some young ballerinas

By Roger Kimball

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Drink

The fast and the furious

How to handle Lent

By Marlo Safi

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