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241. Development (VII)

Hitchcock’s 1948 film Rope is a significant attempt to revise Nietzsche for a post-war world. Modelled on a real case—where two...

240. Abundance (VI)

To understand what it means for there to be a countryside, we have to divide an area into fields; if we did not, we would have...

239. Innocence (III)

Adam Smith was an innocent man; we could not class him with Marx and Gobineau as the mastermind behind a disastrous tyrannical system,...

238. The power of the great (VII)

In the 2000s British sitcom Peep Show—a double act between the conservative character Mark and the liberal Jez, mismatched flatmates—a...

237. Oppression (V)

T.E. Lawrence was, in a way, a prototypical “traveller”, a man who was alienated from Western civilisation; a man who would, in a sense,...

Fascism and psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is for weak people, mostly narcissistic girls; and if a man goes to therapy he is surely the proverbial “soy boy” of...

236. Duration (V)

For years and years, it has been common for young Westerners to say they want to “travel”. This wanderlust is a little different from the...

235. Abundance (V)

It is often said that our contemporary problems stem from a lack of belief; if people still had absolute religious beliefs then the...

234. Retreat (VII)

I once knew a man who was sent to a very swish private school in England, in the heart of England. I do not say this is bad; under...

233. Treading (II)

I once knew a plumber who said that the ultimate answer to life’s riddle could be found in pipes: “What is a bloke? A bloke is a pipe....

232. Preponderance of the small (V)

The German mind, from Hegel to Jung, has a fascination with depth and the unconscious; no other European race thinks this way. Hegel’s...

What the British never say

I was forced into conversation with two men at the end of the bar, each dressed in comic book t-shirts. I say forced because, when I was...

231. Keeping still (V)

Imagine that you have a friend who, for whatever reason, has developed a strong odour. Over time, the stench grows unbearable. You feel...

230. Retreat (VI)

Before I was banned from Tinder, I used to encounter so-called “hojabis” as I swiped through the galleries. The hojabi: a portmanteau of...

229. Difficulty at the beginning (III)

Conservatives typically meet leftist ideology, currently instantiated in “wokeness”, with the riposte that everyone is better off than...

228. Development (VI)

If Joseph Tainter had written The Collapse of Complex Societies in the 1900s instead of the 1990s, he would have probably entitled it The...

227. Splitting apart (V)

Richard Dawkins relates a story where a teenage girl, around the time he first published The Selfish Gene, approached him and described...

226. Corners of the mouth (VI)

Vladimir Nabokov is forever associated with Lolita, but the story of his exile from Russia has political parallels for us today. As a...

225. Approach (III)

Americans used to speak of “shitlibs”; perhaps the phrase is out of fashion, but the type is still with us—always has been. The...

224. Grace (II)

The phrase is out of fashion now, but until the mid-2000s it was common for conservatives to refer to homosexuality as a “lifestyle...