November

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November 2020

The Spectator

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

Politics

The next American empire

After the blowout, the blowback

By Dominic Green

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Politics

The wars go on

Seventy-five years after the end of World War Two we still have forces in Britain, Japan, Germany and Italy

By Daniel McCarthy

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Stay positive

Why the President’s mindset matters

By Matthew Schmitz

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How to confront uncertainty

If there’s any lesson we should take from 2020 it is that it can get worse and often does

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

The demise of America has been greatly exaggerated

To be an American is to move ever forward, in pursuit of that ‘more perfect union’

By Matt Purple

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Politics

EDITORIAL: Onwards and upwards

American democracy, American power and influence are not dying, and neither are they under threat

By Spectator Editorial

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Why is the Republican party symbol an elephant and the Democratic symbol a donkey?

In the mid-20th century the Democratic party was officially using a rooster, while the Republicans used an eagle

By The Spectator

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Politics

But seriously: will Trump refuse to leave?

A big Biden win is the only way to minimize civil strife

By Paul Wood

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Politics

Atlas shrugs

The establishment doesn’t think he’s an expert. He disagrees

By Amber Athey

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Politics

Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate?

Every revelation, though it sheds some local light, actually makes the whole picture murkier

By Roger Kimball

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Being pro-Trump has caused me more grief than being Osama bin Laden’s niece

Why do I support Donald Trump? Look at his record

By Noor bin Ladin

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Books + Arts

Music

Is Billie Eilish really in shock over James Bond?

‘Shock’, from the French ‘choque’, began as the word for a collision of armies

By Dot Wordsworth

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Books

Capital entertainment

London’s West End: Creating the Pleasure District, 1800-1914 by Rohan McWilliam reviewed

By Max Décharné

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Art

Escape vehicle

The automobile’s artifice is its art, but it is still an art of artifice

By James Panero

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Books

Middle-age crisis

The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science by Seb Falk reviewed

By Tom Hodgkinson

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Art

Culture and anarchy

Félix Fénéon, terrorist and connoisseur

By Andrew L. Shea

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Books

The author in full: Tom Wolfe

Wolfe excelled at capturing human foibles and petty vanities; anything deeper than that escaped him

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Books

Roman bloodbaths

The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar by Peter Stothard reviewed

By Philip Womack

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Art

The Disneyfication of the moral universe

Adults have chosen to understand the world through the prism of superheroes, wizards and Jedi knights

By Augustine Bland

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Architecture

The sorry history of London’s Hoover Building

Several other Thirties buildings from American firms survive in west London

By Revd Steve Morris

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Art

Back to my Toots

Farewell to the father of reggae

By Luke Haines

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Art

Booker prized

Notes on a New Orleans professor

By Dominic Green

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Books

Days of glory

Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe by Judith Herrin reviewed

By Ian Thomson

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Art

Sensei it again

The return of the Karate Kid

By James Delingpole

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Books

Their Majesties the Presidents

Gimson’s Presidents: Brief Lives from Washington to Trump by Andrew Gimson reviewed

By Harry Mount

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Life

Home

The trouble with America’s ‘systemic racism’

The United States has been no more racist, unequal and oppressive than most racially pluralist countries

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Home

My Aunt Beryl’s zinc-lined trunk revealed extraordinary family secrets

Out of an envelope fell an original poem scribbled and signed by Rudyard Kipling

By Aidan Hartley

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Internet

From Cool to Cringe: what’s happened to American culture?

What’s happened to American culture?

By Will Lloyd

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Diary

Monuments and memorials in Maryland

For about a dozen square blocks in its center, 18th-century Easton is as European-looking as any small town in the United States

By Christopher Caldwell

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Home

Is my phobia of upmarket restaurants misplaced?

For all its art and famous clientele, the Colombe d’Or is no more than an upmarket canteen

By Jeremy Clarke

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Education

Bring back small high schools

A school, whether consisting of one room or 20 rooms, ought to embody and reinforce a sense of place

By Bill Kauffman

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High Life

What Barbara Black’s choice of friends says about her

Conrad Black is a terrific writer-historian, as is Barbara Black

By Taki

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Education

Nice and nasty

The mother of all school controversies

By Emily Ferguson

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Media

The paranoid style in left-wing politics

The reality is that conspiracy theories are now more ubiquitous on the left than they are on the right

By Toby Young

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Education

The myth of the ‘stolen country’

What should the Europeans have done with the New World?

By Jeff Fynn-Paul

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Places

Place

Homes, sweet homes

A few years ago, for reasons I can’t recall, I acquired a donkey hut in the Molise

By Roger Lewis

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Place

Prussian blues

It took me 30 years of traveling to learn that my Heimat is Prussia

By William Cook

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Place

Killing time in Thailand

By Day 11, I understand why my windows are sealed shut and why I am not allowed knives

By Constance Watson

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Food + Drink

Drink

Wines of turkey

Some bottles to be thankful for

By Roger Kimball

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Drink

Porgy and best

How the porgy became my preferred piscine

By James Panero

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Drink

Game birds

Try Cornish hens for Thanksgiving

By Calla J. Corner

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