September

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September 2020

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‘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.’

Waiting game: the NFL takes the COVID challenge

The NFL is right to do everything in its power to start the season as planned

By Charles Walford

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Politics

Is Stephen Miller pursuing policy — or power?

‘He’s like Lady Macbeth. It’s someone who is so ravenous to get what they want, and instead they become a victim of their own insanity’

By Amber Athey

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Insufferable San Francisco

Suburban rockers have ruined my city

By Katya Sedgwick

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Might ‘may’ kill ‘might’?

In recent years the distinction between may and might in the present tense has collapsed

By Dot Wordsworth

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Politics

The return of the Blob

It will mean the return of competence in government — and a sense of dynamism too

By Robert D. Kaplan

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Politics

The future of populist conservatism

The anti-liberal opposition will continue to be demotic and anti-theoretic, impatient with and scornful of ideas, in public life especially

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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Politics

After Trump, the reckoning

The election of Biden and Harris will not solve any of the problems that led to Trump’s election in the first place

By Daniel McCarthy

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Politics

American Athens

From democracy to oligarchy

By Solveig Lucia Gold

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Politics

Why I won’t vote

If Trump wins, I reckon America will burn. If Trump loses, America will burn

By Bridget Phetasy

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Politics

Make America Normal Again

Trump should double down on his COVID skepticism, just as Lukashenko did

By Toby Young

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Politics

Playing with fire

Democratic leaders who fail to condemn the West Coast rioters may get burned

By Charles Lipson

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Politics

EDITORIAL: The right stuff

As long as Trump and his family remain the fulcrum of American politics, the GOP will be effectively without a leader

By Spectator Editorial

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Politics

The right after Trump

The time of the woke conservative must come

By Sohrab Ahmari

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Politics

Cuckoo Q: are the QAnon crowd as crazy as they seem?

Where we go one, we go off the deep end

By Ben Sixsmith

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An Anglo-American hero

Billy Fiske, the volunteer pilot who died to save Britain

By William Cook

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Books + Arts

Books

City of the Sphinx

Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge reviewed

By Tom Holland

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Art

We’re not going to take it — again

How the Seventies are taking us back to their future

By Titus Techera

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Books

Know better

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag by Peter Burke reviewed

By Philip Hensher

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Art

Liberty and death: Jacob Lawrence’s struggle for freedom

His tale is not a ‘let’s hold hands and sing for liberty’ triumph. It’s a violent, gritty and gruesome affair

By Andrew L. Shea

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Books

Rock, a hard place

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld reviewed

By Emily Rhodes

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Art

Office romance: I’m loving The Bureau

When real members of the DGSE saw the first season, they gave it a standing ovation

By James Delingpole

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Books

Return of the patriarch

The Family Clause by Jonas Hassen Khemiri reviewed

By Boyd Tonkin

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Books

The doctor’s dilemma

Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44 by Isaac Matarasso reviewed

By Rony Alfandary

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Books

On the square, on the level

The Craft: How Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie reviewed

By Dominic Green

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Books

Lucky Tim

Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal by Tim Parks reviewed

By Graham Elliott

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Life

Home

I love Greece and the Greeks but they have destroyed Athens

Much of this city is now one long cement block after another

By Taki

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Humor

Reflections of an outgoing President

From the desk of Donald J. Trump

By Roger Kimball

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Faith

We are living in an age of cultural climate change

Without moral principles, freedom will not survive

By Jonathan Sacks

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Faith

Our lady of hope

Notre-Dame: The Soul of France by Agnès Poirier reviewed

By Graham Robb

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Education

Cease and resist: how to fight the illiberal left

What actions does your conscience forbid? Write a list and tape it to your refrigerator

By David Randall

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Home

How to survive a heatwave

My friend the carpenter bee has expired, the dog can’t move and even the Provençal French see la canicule as an ordeal

By Jeremy Clarke

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Humor

I was almost the Portland Athena

I closed my eyes for a moment and imagined the police’s confusion as they watched me approach them

By Godfrey Elfwick

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Diary

Enes Kanter on freedom and the bubble

‘Every morning I wake up thankful for the opportunity, but there is something that makes me feel like I’m in a cage’

By Enes Kanter

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Places

Drink

Pita Shack flashback

The bloody horrors that have waylaid Iraq since the 2003 invasion obliterate thoughts of its glorious past

By James Jeffrey

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Food + Drink

Drink

A leaf from Verdi’s book

Can radicchio take root in the Pacific Northwest?

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Pita Shack flashback

The bloody horrors that have waylaid Iraq since the 2003 invasion obliterate thoughts of its glorious past

By James Jeffrey

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Drink

Jason Peters writes to entertain his friends and exasperate his enemies

No one who eats food or laughs at jokes should be without his new book

By Bill Kauffman

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Drink

Eye on the pies: food in the age of ‘cultural appropriation’

Am I, a not-Chinese person, allowed to make sesame buns?

By Nancy Rommelmann

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Drink

Count your chickens

Life on a funny farm

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Drink

Digging for clams on the Jersey Shore

While some swear that only while barefoot can you properly detect clams, connoisseurs know that’s bosh

By Benjamin Riley

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