November

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November 2019

The Spectator

‘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.’

Science & Tech

E-scooters are a wretched species to be introduced into the urban ecosystem

DC is the Wild West of e-scooterdom: there are just too many operating here

By Matt McDonald

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The wonderful world of community theater

The woman sitting next to me whispered urgently: ‘I can’t take my eyes off that man’s nipple’

By Bill Kauffman

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Where did the term ‘impeach’ come from?

The term was first used in its modern sense for the process of removing errant members of the English House of Lords in the 14th century.

By The Spectator

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Science & Tech

Keeping up with the sex robots

The uncanny valley of the dolls

By Bridget Phetasy

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Big dope: how marijuana benefited from one of the slickest PR campaigns in history

The effects on many of its users are permanent. They may give it up, but the damage has been done

By Peter Hitchens

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Tacitus, master of ‘government sources’

For the modern journalist, rumor and inside sources, however attractive, often generate only fake news

By Peter Jones

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Education

Asians are doing too well — they must be stopped

The Asian American success story catastrophically undermines the assumptions behind affirmative action

By Lionel Shriver

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Politics

Trump’s economic nationalism is an effort to save capitalism

America needs to harness capitalism as successfully as China has

By Daniel McCarthy

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Spectator Editorial

EDITORIAL: Mass extinction

The only way to tackle Extinction Rebellion is by dissecting its ideology

By Spectator Editorial

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Europe

Berlin on the brink

Germany’s economic ills could have far-reaching effects

By Liam Halligan

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Who really invented the word ‘posh’?

People prefer memorable tales, especially those involving acronyms, to the truth

By Dot Wordsworth

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California is a gigantic asylum

Before the 1960s, the culture of lunacy in California was confined to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Carmel

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Internet

Words matter: we must be more honest about language

When we say politicians should be pilloried, we don’t mean passers-by should throw rocks at them

By Sam Leith

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Internet

Who’s listening? Civilized debate is dead

Our society has become perfectly content with a set of unchallenged lies

By Douglas Murray

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Politics

Trans rights, voter wrongs

Insisting that men can be women is a sure way to lose an election

By Meghan Murphy

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Education

Why are young people so left-wing?

Left-wing professors think it’s their responsibility to open their students’ eyes to injustice

By Toby Young

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Politics

The shallow state

A real Deep State would have stopped Trump winning in the first place

By Paul Wood

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Politics

Big Squaw E. Warren speaks with forked tongue

Do the Democrats have a death wish?

By Roger Kimball

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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

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Politics

Does Trump have a better idea than endless wars?

Few in Washington acknowledge the scope of the self-inflicted wounds the US has sustained since 9/11

By Andrew Bacevich

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Books + Arts

Books

Old King Cole

The Letters of Cole Porter by Cole Porter reviewed

By Christopher Bray

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Art

Time to end the taste truce

Have we become so tolerant that taste no longer matters?

By Cosmo Landesman

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Art

Tough gospel: the twin cities of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is the world we have lost: grandparents, honest jobs and Sunday school teachers

By James Panero

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Books

Once more without feeling

Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq reviewed

By Douglas Murray

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Art

A motel room of one’s own

Adman to American existentialist: Edward Hopper at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

By Carolyn Stewart

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Books

‘A Russian vowel is an orange, an English vowel is a lemon’

Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor by Vladimir Nabokov reviewed

By Philip Hensher

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Art

Brazilian wax

Before the Beatles were boss, there was bossa nova

By Jacob Heilbrunn

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Art

Audio blitzkrieg

‘Motörhead, remember me now’

By Luke Haines

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Art

The perfect crime

Once true crime has you by the listicles, you’re compelled to return to the scene

By Emily Ferguson

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Books

Is Lou Reed a rock ’n’ roll Dostoevsky?

I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Collected Lyrics by Lou Reed reviewed

By D.J. Taylor

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Books

A vacation in a hell of a state

North Korea Journal by Michael Palin reviewed

By Claire Kohda Hazelton

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Books

Heart of darkness

Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe by Rory MacLean reviewed

By Sara Wheeler

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Books

On Freud’s couch

The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968 by William Feaver reviewed

By Craig Raine

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Art

Top Boy wins the turf war

Top Boy reviewed

By James Delingpole

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Books

Why do we write dedications in books?

These ghostly remnants of love, loss and friendship tell stories of their own

By Anthony Quinn

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Art

On photography, shrines and Maradona: a Neapolitan pilgrimage

The author wanders around Naples seeking transcendence – and finds it

By Geoff Dyer

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Life

Humor

My morning with Black Lives Matter UK

By the time I was 12, I was listening to Bob Marley while memorizing Dr King

By Godfrey Elfwick

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Low Life

What did the maid make of my penis vacuum pump?

While I was out, she had polished it and positioned it on a glass shelf lit by four spotlights

By Jeremy Clarke

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Faith

Fashion victims: how feminists are betraying Muslim women

In the West, hierarchies of collective privilege and victimhood are more important than individual rights

By Libby Emmons

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Home

Is your home culturally insensitive?

Keep your judgmental hands off my Japanese tea bowls

By Laura Freeman

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Diary

How do you make the most ‘quintessentially English’ magazine work in the US?

Launches and liquid lunches in New York and Washington

By Freddy Gray

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Faith

Right-wing jihad

How Republicans became the anti-Islam party

By Tim Stanley

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High Life

Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

He may have had a gruff exterior but I always thought he was gooey inside

By Taki

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Places

Faith

The ‘Russians’ of Brighton Beach

The attitude of Jewish ‘Russians’ in America toward Russia is goodbye and good luck. But mostly goodbye

By Karol Markowicz

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Food + Drink

Drink

California drinking: forgive them their granola

Homer spoke of the ‘wine-dark sea’. He could not, but should, have had a Syrah like this in mind

By Roger Kimball

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Drink

Craft brewing’s Midwest comeback

Emerging breweries seem uninterested in the rapid growth that brought about the downfall of earlier brands

By Lillian Li

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