Category Archives: History

Poor Put-Upon Communists…

Zoe Williams writes… ¬†Lefties over 40 will never call themselves communists because the inevitable conversation about whether or not Stalin was evil is just too tedious. It is a glimpse of what it feels like to be seen, if a … Continue reading

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In Defence of Winston Churchill…

Had Churchill not led Britain to victory in World War Two he would, or should, have been remembered as a failure. He was perhaps best known for advocating the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, in which tens of thousands of British, French … Continue reading

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The Public School in the Progressive Imagination…

Imperial Britain was, in a sense, a bully. It strode around the world as a bully strides around a school: pushing about the weaker, less developed nations. It could be brutal, and contemptuous, and it was not above stealing lunch … Continue reading

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Look Not For a Golden Age But For Gold In an Age…

Conservatives, reactionaries and even old-school socialists are often accused of Golden Ageism – that is, romanticising the past while lamenting the present. It can be a fair point. The past could be a brutal place. The present can be preferable. … Continue reading

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Against Nazi Aesthetics…

Counter-cultural figures sometimes claim to be attracted to Nazi aesthetics but not Nazi politics. My problem with that is less that this is disingenuous than that I find Nazi aesthetics totally repulsive. While I do not think it unethical to … Continue reading

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The World Can Be a Cold Dead Place…

Perhaps the Syrian conflict could have been solved before it killed as many tens of thousands as it is said to have done. I do not know. I doubt it but I am not smart enough to say. One thing … Continue reading

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Conservatism and the Case of the Christian Democrats…

An erroneous understanding of conservatism holds that it entails defence of the social order whatever that social order might be. This is somewhat like suggesting that progressives must support change in every instance. An example of how not to do … Continue reading

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