Wheels Turn

BY SAM WHITE It’s time to be realistic. Liberalism will soon be dead. There has been a sustained attack on liberal values, from hijacked institutions that were former defenders of such liberal values (such as universities and the BBC), escalating for many years. For those who follow alternative media and the blogosphere, this is, of course, not news. No doubt, if you are reading this, … Continue reading Wheels Turn

Wonderful Wit of White

BY ANDREW MOODY Journalist and photographer, based in Tokyo, Sam White of the Spectator, Quillette and this magazine is ambivalent about Twitter: “After all, what kind of way to communicate are skeletal 280 character statements, stark of nuance, caveat or context?” In his new book I Wish I Hadn’t Written This: An Archive of Being Too Online in the Culture Wars 2016-2019, the eminently sensible … Continue reading Wonderful Wit of White

Farts & Music

BY SAM WHITE The inherent leftiness of the arts and music scene is relentlessly stifling, the creative industries having become intractably connected with so-called progressive politics. Those in the industry articulate, of course, a belief in artistic freedom, but it’s a false one, as the strict confines of the like-minded collective invisibly demarcate actual artistic practice. There’s a rejection of capitalism, while working in ways … Continue reading Farts & Music

A Progressive Panacea

BY SAM WHITE Do you have an alcoholic friend? Perhaps you’re aware of a workmate who’s thrown it all away at the bookies. Maybe you know someone who sharpens up even the dullest of January mornings with a cleanly cut white line. Are you familiar with these destructive behaviours, and the ways in which they can gradually creep up on a person, entombing him slowly, … Continue reading A Progressive Panacea

List Makers & Matchsticks

BY SAM WHITE The zealots of Stop Funding Hate and their supporters are utterly convinced they’re doing the right thing, and that should give anyone pause for thought. Carrying out bad acts in the knowledge that they’re bad is worrisome enough. Carrying out bad acts because you sincerely believe yourself to be in alignment with a higher, more virtuous endgame is the first step along … Continue reading List Makers & Matchsticks

Illiberal Derangement

BY SAM WHITE Hate. Are you a hater? Perhaps a hate preacher of some variety? I’m veritably overflowing with hatred. Perhaps, to some limited extent, I even strive to spread hate. I think I may be in the act of preparing to disseminate hatred right now, by typing these words in the hope that they’ll be read, thereby furthering the corruptive agenda to which I … Continue reading Illiberal Derangement

In Defence of Manning Up

BY SAM WHITE Last Sunday was International Men’s Day, an event which has objectives including, in the organisers’ words, “a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.” When you consider that 76% of suicides in the UK are male, the worth of such an occasion becomes clear. And of course, it generates social media … Continue reading In Defence of Manning Up

Tory Britain, the Postmodern Version

BY SAM WHITE Tory Britain, you have to love it. It’s kind of a feckless experiment, like grenades-and-rape Sweden, or Justin Trudeau’s identity-free-post-national Canada. Or is it more like France, where they’re fashionably laissez-faire about external borders, but are constructing bulletproof walls around the Eiffel Tower? Or Germany, where mass sex attacks in the street are covered up, but a journalist gets a suspended sentence … Continue reading Tory Britain, the Postmodern Version

Bring on the Drugs Revolution

BY SAM WHITE Islington Council’s widely criticised decision to shut down Fabric nightclub last year marked a low point in jobsworth state interference. The incident was reminiscent of the cat and mouse battles of the 1990s when the Pay Party Unit and the Territorial Support Group, validated by decades of shit stirring from the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempted to forcibly straitjacket society by disrupting … Continue reading Bring on the Drugs Revolution