Christianity & Open Borders

BY SAM HOOPER Here in the USA Rod Dreher has an angry, searching piece in response to the news that the Catholic Bishop of El Paso, Mark Seitz, has apparently been joyfully intimidating American Customs & Border Protection Agency guards into allowing already-rejected or returned migrants from Central America back from Mexico into the United States, in open violation of the law. Dreher: I admire religious leaders … Continue reading Christianity & Open Borders

The Rotten Age of Kaepernick

BY SAM HOOPER A tale of two product launches, set against the most fawningly corporate Pride Month in American history. Imagine that you are Jerry Falwell, Jr. or some other notable socially conservative reactionary type, and you see the above image in which the makers of Oreo cookies announce that they are celebrating Pride Month by producing commemorative packs encouraging customers to “share [their] pronouns … Continue reading The Rotten Age of Kaepernick

Faith, Doubt and Brexit

BY SAM HOOPER In the course of arguing on Twitter recently, I received back the following piece of friendly psychological analysis from a longtime follower and antagonist. The text reads: “You are almost always wrong, as if you’re from another planet. I’m starting to feel pity, not sure if for you or for the people who have to suffer the consequences of what you keep saying … Continue reading Faith, Doubt and Brexit

Anti Feminist Feminists?

BY SAM HOOPER Some women fail to vote for progressive candidates because they happen to be conservatives. Accusing them of acting against their own self-interest — or at the behest of the “white supremacist patriarchy” — is offensive, condescending and presupposes that women should vote based on a more limited palette of issues than men. The US midterms brought some results which were fairly encouraging … Continue reading Anti Feminist Feminists?

Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

BY SAM HOOPER A society which looks to the state to deliver retribution for non-harmful offensive speech is a society which no longer values a core tenet of liberal democracy. The battle for free speech is won or lost at the margins, which means that those who call themselves advocates of free speech without being able to point to a history of defending deeply offensive … Continue reading Free Speech’s Fair Weather Friends

The Smartest Guys in the Room

BY SAM HOOPER John Harris has long been about the only writer at the Guardian worth reading, and last week he had some wise words of advice for the organisers and stars of last week’s march in support of the “People’s Vote” on overturning Brexit and remaining in the European Union. For those who have been living under a rock and therefore missed the incessant publicity … Continue reading The Smartest Guys in the Room

Best Not Ask Bono

BY SAM HOOPER Every now and then you read an article so astonishingly un-self aware, so counterproductive, so open to attack and ridicule on multiple fronts that it is difficult to know where to begin. The latest writer to evoke this strong reaction is Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s in-house intellectual and self-touted expert on international issues and foreign affairs. The headline of Zakaria’s latest asinine column … Continue reading Best Not Ask Bono

The Perfect Storm

BY SAM HOOPER The past few years have seen an inexplicable surge in the release of implausible, cheaply-produced disaster movies, aided by the falling costs of CGI, with plots based on supersized or hybrid creatures doing battle with the unfortunate humans who encounter them. One of the first such movies, Sharknado, premiered in 2013 and is now up to the sixth film in the franchise (The … Continue reading The Perfect Storm