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172. The joyous (II)

For a long time, I was entranced by the Tao, but I was only entranced by it as a psychological concept. I thought of it in the same sense...

171. The power of the great (V)

Darwin combined an idea that was leftist, evolution, the idea of change—usually towards more complex organisms and societies—with a...

170. Dispersion (III)

A common error that occurs when people discuss politics—or anything, for that matter—is that one side, usually both, will assert that...

169. The gentle (III)

The term “meritocracy”, rather like “Tory” or “deplorable”, is one of those words that was coined with negative connotations but has,...

168. Conflict (II)

Trump is an egotist, whereas Obama is a narcissist. This will surprise some people, because it is common to call Trump a narcissist....

167. The well (III)

I arrived on the 11th floor of a central London law office with my colleague in tow. The room, set for some entertainment event, was...

166. Coming to meet (V)

Previously, I identified the intellectual—personified by Marx—as the source of leftism; he is the man of ideas, somewhere between a...

165. The wanderer (II)

Consider the case of Karl Marx, the most successful leftist in history. Marx was never a university lecturer; he had a PhD, granted—but...

164. Pushing upward (III)

The Boomer is the enemy: this sentiment has become common over the last decade, particularly on the political right. Inter-generational...

163. Limitation (V)

While the concept of IQ remains controversial, mainly for contradicting the West’s hegemonic ideology, it has limited explanatory value...

162. Youthful folly (IV)

What is the Internet? The Internet is the root network, it comes from the lower depths: the fundamental structure of the Internet is the...

161. Limitation (IV)

The concepts of white supremacy and white privilege have become increasingly familiar over the past decade. The proponents of these ideas...

160. Limitation (III)

What is it to be cool? To ask the question is not cool, cool people are not interested in what it is to be cool—or if they are, they...

159. Progress (IV)

When I was a teenage Communist, I was always in favour of nuclear power. My earlier childish inclination towards...

158. Innocence (II)

We cannot stand outside ourselves and read the book of life, so the meaning of life must remain obscure to us. We can never know; only...

157. Influence (III)

The police and the military do not amount to the same thing, nor do they deserve our esteem in equal measure. The military always deserve...

156. The family (V)

This is a statement of the obvious: if a person or activity causes you pain, stop your engagement with that person or activity. This is...

155. Development (IV)

When Hernán Cortés landed in America he burned his ships behind him. The idea was to send a message to his men that there was no way...

How to deal with the media

As I said before, I worked as a journalist for a time. While it is not true that all journalists are cruel and petty drug addicts with a...

154. Before completion

What does it mean to be a man? We all know what it means to be a woman: a woman’s purpose in life is to produce a child. For the male, it...