Descent into Cultural Nihilism

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD It was the spring of 2003. Amidst a vortex of gorging humanity, the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was being ripped off its plinth by excitable vandals. Many western television viewers sympathised with these young men dressed in thawbs who were celebrating the end of decades of repression and dictatorship. For the majority of Britons watching very similar events unfurl … Continue reading Descent into Cultural Nihilism

Crowley Demystified

BY ANDREW MOODY Aleister Crowley, the Great Beast, dictated nearly forty years after preparatory school at the Plymouth Brethren: “I had been the butt of every bully in school. My whole life seemed at times to be one slimy subterfuge to cozen death.” While perusing the National Portrait Gallery some years back, I noted Crowley’s magical portrait (it did not represent his image but worked … Continue reading Crowley Demystified

May’s Darkest Hour

CSM EDITORIAL There is a scene in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour when the brilliant Gary Oldman as Churchill rides on a London tube. At the time Churchill is wondering whether to allow peace negotiations with the Nazis – between Mussolini and a team set up by Lord Halifax. Churchill asks members of the British Public whether they should enter the peace negotiations. All on the … Continue reading May’s Darkest Hour