Author Archives: bsixsmith

The Art of the Hit Piece…

Here are some assertions any leftist would have rightly deplored as irrational, dishonest smears: The Soviet Union opposes free market capitalism. Therefore, Western opponents of free market capitalism are obectively supporting the Soviet Union. Al Qaeda opposes US foreign policy. … Continue reading

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A Hundred Years of Communism…

My essay on communism has been published by Quillette… We must give the Bolsheviks their due. Their success in gaining power was astonishing. A ragtag gang of activists and intellectuals, they seized control of Russia in October, 1917, and defended … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ideology | 3 Comments

In Praise of the Human Body…

Yesterday I ran my first half marathon in one hour and forty-six minutes. The first sixteen kilometres were tough but fun. There were people cheering. There were kids with water, juice and raisins. There was pathetic thrill of overtaking people. … Continue reading

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Lost Cause Conservatism…

Daniel J. Mahoney reviews a book of conversations with Roger Scruton, and concludes… Near the end of this delightful and instructive book, Mark Dooley notes “Scruton’s reputation is certainly not what it used to be.” He is now a Fellow … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatism, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn…

On June 8th, the Labour Party is expected to lose. Its loss, indeed, is all but inevitable. The only thing that is in question is the scale of the defeat. A great TV series could be made about the leadership … Continue reading

Posted in Britain, Politics, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

The Marxist Philosopher, In His Own World…

The failure of communism in Eastern Europe, and the failure of Western Europe to become communist, left Marxists disillusioned and resentful. They turned, increasingly, to internationalism, projecting their ambitions onto peoples in the third world, with, in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, … Continue reading

Posted in Identity, Ideology, Multiculturalism | 8 Comments

Politics Sucks…

I’m sick of politics. I’m sick of elections. I’m sick of referendums. I’m sick of reselections. I’m sick of deselections. I’m sick of negotiations. I’m sick it of it all and yet I’ll keep consuming every scrap of news that … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | 13 Comments