Yesterday’s ‘provocation picnic’ in Hyde Park was a protest against officialdom’s bizarre bans on public boozing.
A new book on scary shills whitewashes the intellectual failures of the left, and shirks the task of putting forward a political alternative.
A new book on the evil of corporate spin ends up whitewashing the intellectual failures of the left, and propagating delusions about twenty-first century politics that are more misleading than anything put out by the shills.
We’d far rather stay as the team that everyone hates rather than be patronised as spirited, have-a-go heroes.
Our response to religious radicalism should not be to plea for moderation, but rather to inject some real radicalism into politics.
Must-reads from the past week
Maximilien Robespierre was a fearless critic of tradition and incorruptibly committed to liberty: a million miles from today’s webcam jihadists.
Robespierre is today depicted as a sexless fanatic who invented modern terrorism. His own words reveal he was a fearless critic of tradition and incorruptibly committed to liberty: a million miles from today’s webcam jihadists.
The desire to belong has made atheism into its own religion. But non-belief is no basis for a group identity.
Critiques of Hizb ut-Tahrir focus less on its dodgy politics than on its intellectualism. But what’s wrong with a devotion to the debate of ideas?
Contemporary critiques of Hizb ut-Tahrir focus less on its dodgy mishmash of politics and religion and more on its intense intellectualism. But what’s wrong with devoting oneself to the debate of ideas?