Essays and Reviews


The Irrepressible IntellectualMichael Scammell’s Koestler and the responsibilities of thinking men.
Glum Prophecies of the LaschChristopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism and why it is more relevant than ever.
Oakeshott and ScepticismCaution, contentment and creativity in Michael Oakeshott’s Rationalism in Politics.
Nightmares of an Eminent PersonRay Monk’s Bertrand Russell: The Ghosts of Madness and the unreasonable “rationality” of a progressive.
The Abstract and the ActualMurray Rothbard’s Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays and absurd abstractions of libertarianism.
Captive MindsCzesław Miłosz’s The Captive Mind and totalitarian temptations.
Truth, Imagination and Imperfection” Pierre Ryckmans’ defence of culture.


Conservatism and CapitalismOn an essentially uneasy relationship.
The Perils of Being an Intellectual OutlawDoing contrarianism well.
Towards an Inquistive Agnosticism, God, religion and me.
Orwell Against Modernity Orwell’s conservatism.
Christopher Hitchens RememberedThe memoirs and work of a public intellectual.
Human Nature Contra Ayn RandAgainst the objectivists.
The Public School in the Progressive ImaginationOn progressivism as revenge against masters and prefects.
Conservatism and the Case of the Christian DemocratsHow not to maintain a civilised society.

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