Monthly Archives: August 2016

Conservative Means and Ends…

Conservatives are often criticised, and often fairly, for being nothing more than liberals who can pace themselves – that is, that they seek the same ends but through reforms and not radical change. What this obscures is that conservatives have, … Continue reading

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The Sentimentality of David Brooks…

The English poet and critic T.E. Hulme once wrote, of religion, that he did not “put up with the dogma for the sake of the sentiment” but preferred to “swallow the sentiment for the sake of the dogma”. This was a … Continue reading

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On “British Values”…

There are, periodically, attempts to define “British values”: both so that our governments can promote integration and so they can do their gallant best to appear patriotic. These tend to be lists of superficial progressive virtues – gender equality, religious … Continue reading

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Boot in Mouth…

The neoconservative ideologue Max Boot laments the Republican anti-intellectualism that has, he says, “culminated in the nomination of Donald J. Trump”. In recent years, he claims, “the Republicans’ relationship to the realm of ideas has become more and more attenuated … Continue reading

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