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Reverends and Refugees
February 2024
Being too trusting, the Church is making others suffer.

The Man Who Saw the Future
February 2024
On Tom Clancy as a geopolitical prophet
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February 2024

Every scandal in modern Britain contains an element of state failure.

People Always See What They Look For
January 2024
Reputations reveal the biases of those who bestow them

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Marcus and the Magpie
January 2024
A lesson in Stoicism from a garden bird.

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January 2024

On the risks of relying on your reputation.

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January 2024

We have no more bad actors than before, but have built a system which magnifies their impact.

Sound Bites and Self-Regard
January 2024
On the similarity between politicians and reality show contestants.

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Just Entertain Us
January 2024
There is nothing wrong with a bit of triviality. 
(Reprinted at The New Conservative and The Conservative Woman)

52 Things the Internet Taught Me
December 2023
A selection of factoids from a year in front of the web.
(Reprinted in The New Conservative)

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December 2023

Britain (and particularly the Middle Class) will soon realise they are much poorer than they thought they were.

Robots and Rats
December 2023
We worry about AI going wrong. We should worry about it going right.

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Too Many Great Men
December 2023
There is a difference between bending history to your will and letting it happen around you.

It's Dave's World
November 2023
Most problems in Britain can be blamed on David Cameron

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November 2023

Dave will not bring back the Blue Wall.

(Reprinted in The New Conservative)

Asking the Wrong Question

November 2023
Rather than worry about why England did so badly, we should ask how, given its disadvantages, it did so well
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Bob's Law
November 2023
A nation which cannot enforce speech laws equally should have no speech laws.

Mistakes Were Made
October 2023
It's always the little things.

(Reprinted in The Conservative Woman)

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October 2023

Neither Left not Right is being entirely consistent over the Middle East.

Dreams of Futures Past
October 2023
Labour is partying like its 2015
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Ancient Ruins

The Grip of Rome
October 2023
Why the Empire still fascinates
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Shameless
October 2023
Society is losing its ability to shame.

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Dinner with the President
September 2023
An initial (and possibly final) stab at fiction.

The Populism of the Centrists
September 2023
Centrists are just as simplistic as populists

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September 2023

People vote for those they think are like themselves

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We Want to Believe
September 2023
On the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster

Six Books and A Chapter
September 2023
Self-help that actually works

Antique Bound

The End of Empire
August 2023
Ukraine was supposed to show the limits of Russian power, it is showing the limits of America's
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August 2023

Excited Fans

July 2023

Even if you think Empire is bad, Britain's might have been preferable.

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July 2023

We can disagree with Farage's debanking, while defending Coutts' right to do it.

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July 2023

As the West becomes less Christian, is it becoming more Greek?

Beyond Contempt
July 2023
Contempt is easy and fun. Better though to tune out, turn off and drop out.
 

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Our Incoherent Elite
July 2023
Society suffers when the elite prize the coherence of their models over their outputs.

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June 2023

In the 19th century, Science made Man the cleverest thing in the universe. In the 21st, it will dethrone him.

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September 2022

What does the Queen's death mean for Britain's self-image?

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September 2022

The BBC's problem is not so much its politics as the fact it is so up itself.

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August 2022

When companies get involved in politics, who is playing whom?

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August 2022

The Lionesses' victory was a great moment for English sport, but was it a great sporting moment?

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July 2022

The leadership election shows the Conservatives are still stuck in the '70's.

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July 2022

The Italian Stallion as a political thinker.

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July 2022

Boris paid for his sins. And those of others.

Science Kit

July 2022

Tradition dictates the next PM will be a Nerd, but we live in a Jock's world.

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July 2022

Labour's Brexit conversion shows that, despite everything, politics is still working.

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June 2022

Much political commentary depends on History moving in straight lines. The problem is, it doesn't.

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June 2022

Many of the differences between left and right can be explained not by philosophy or morality, but by timeframe.

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June 2022

No matter whether Prince Charles is right about Rwanda, is his intervention wise?

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June 2022

On the similarities between the House of Windsor and Apple.

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June 2022

How superhero movies stand in a tradition dating back to the dawn of literature.

(Interview with ABC RN's Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone here)

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May 2022

Our reaction to overturning Roe v. Wade depends on how we think rights arise (an Areo Monthly Patrons' Newsletter favourite).

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May 2022

The Queen's popularity is good for her, but is it good for her heirs?

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May 2022

What a study into the New York taxi industry in the 1970's tells us about the cost of living crisis.

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April 2022

Some Reflections on the (failed) Revolution in France.

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April 2022

Most of the issues which bedevil America also threaten Britain.

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April 2022

Why do people believe such weird stuff? Featured in Guido Fawkes' "Seen Elsewhere". 

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April 2022

Russia sees itself as the "Third Rome". In Ukraine, it is acting like the first.

(Interview with ABC RN's Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone here)

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March 2022

Politicians like to claim the moral high ground, but is this always wise?

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March 2022

Declining faith in God gets the attention, but it is falling belief in the Devil which should concern us.

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March 2022

The media both reflect and shape society's attitudes. In the case of Ukraine, this should concern us.

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March 2022

The ideas of two Cold War thinkers should make us sceptical about Europe becoming a Great Power

Big Ben

May 2021

Why Britain's Greatest Generation is not the same as America's

Celebrity

February 2022

Why do celebrities need to tell us about their misfortunes?

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February 2022

How the ideas of an American aviator explain political developments

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January 2022

"Seriousness" is an over-rated political virtue. (Featured in Guido Fawkes' "Seen Elsewhere")

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January 2022

We often cut some slack to those whose performance is vital to our overall success. Why not now?

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December 2021

Why it's fine to update Santa but not to mess with Notre Dame. (An Areo Patrons' Newsletter Favourite).

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November 2021

Less an attempt to use ancient wisdom to solve modern problems, more an attempt to find ancient justification for modern beliefs.

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November 2021

In neither theory nor practice is being an MP a full-time job. It should not be paid as one. (Featured in Guido Fawkes' "Seen Elsewhere")

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October 2021

A Tale of Two Tsunamis or How we created a world we no longer understand

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September 2021

Humans have traditionally seen themselves as superior to animals. Do they still and, if so, why? 

(Interview with ABC RN's Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone here)

Holy Bible

August 2021

How a pre-historic need to co-operate relates to our online behaviour

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May 2021

British elections are usually won by the posher candidate. What does that mean for Labour?

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January 2021

Successful countries have a shared ethos and mythos. America, increasingly, has neither.

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January 2021

How an ancient philosophy can help us with a modern problem

Big Ben

November 2020

Why "British Exceptionalism" is as much a feature of the Left as the Right

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September 2020

When we say someone's beliefs make them unfit for office, what are we actually saying?

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July 2020

Is Intersectionality a new moral system? And does it work?

Family Dispute

June 2019

The Stoics never talked about divorce. But they can still help with it. (Reprinted in Stoicism Today: Selected Writings: Volume III)

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June 2022

No matter whether Prince Charles is right about Rwanda, is his intervention wise?

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June 2022

On the similarities between the House of Windsor and Apple.

Image by FORMAT arw

June 2022

How superhero movies stand in a tradition dating back to the dawn of literature.

Image by Gayatri Malhotra

May 2022

Our reaction to overturning Roe v. Wade depends on how we think rights arise (an Areo Monthly Patrons' Newsletter favourite).

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May 2022

The Queen's popularity is good for her, but is it good for her heirs?

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May 2022

What a study into the New York taxi industry in the 1970's tells us about the cost of living crisis.

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April 2022

Some Reflections on the (failed) Revolution in France.

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April 2022

Most of the issues which bedevil America also threaten Britain.

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April 2022

Why do people believe such weird stuff? Featured in Guido Fawkes' "Seen Elsewhere". 

St. Basil's Cathedral

April 2022

Russia sees itself as the "Third Rome". In Ukraine, it is acting like the first.

(Interview with ABC RN's Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone here)

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March 2022

Politicians like to claim the moral high ground, but is this always wise?

Gargoyle Statue

March 2022

Declining faith in God gets the attention, but it is falling belief in the Devil which should concern us.

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March 2022

The media both reflect and shape society's attitudes. In the case of Ukraine, this should concern us.

ddeeee.webp

March 2022

The ideas of two Cold War thinkers should make us sceptical about Europe becoming a Great Power

Celebrity

February 2022

Why do celebrities need to tell us about their misfortunes?

w3333.jpg

February 2022

How the ideas of an American aviator explain political developments

q12.jpg

January 2022

"Seriousness" is an over-rated political virtue. (Featured in Guido Fawkes' "Seen Elsewhere")

w233.jpg

January 2022

We often cut some slack to those whose performance is vital to our overall success. Why not now?

Image by krakenimages

December 2021

Why it's fine to update Santa but not to mess with Notre Dame. (An Areo Patrons' Newsletter Favourite).

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November 2021

Less an attempt to use ancient wisdom to solve modern problems, more an attempt to find ancient justification for modern beliefs.

xss.jpg

November 2021

In neither theory nor practice is being an MP a full-time job. It should not be paid as one. (Featured in Guido Fawkes' "Seen Elsewhere")

1qw.jpg

October 2021

A Tale of Two Tsunamis or How we created a world we no longer understand

What a handsome alpaca_edited_edited.jpg

September 2021

Humans have traditionally seen themselves as superior to animals. Do they still and, if so, why? 

(Interview with ABC RN's Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone here)

Holy Bible

August 2021

How a pre-historic need to co-operate relates to our online behaviour

sds.jpg

May 2021

British elections are usually won by the posher candidate. What does that mean for Labour?

Big Ben

May 2021

Why Britain's Greatest Generation is not the same as America's

mnn.jpg

January 2021

Successful countries have a shared ethos and mythos. America, increasingly, has neither.

0_Tzr9YwtFWXRny9zH.jpg

January 2021

How an ancient philosophy can help us with a modern problem

Big Ben

November 2020

Why "British Exceptionalism" is as much a feature of the Left as the Right

tony-abott-1-1536x864.jpg

September 2020

When we say someone's beliefs make them unfit for office, what are we actually saying?

Angel statue

July 2020

Is Intersectionality a new moral system? And does it work?

Family Dispute

June 2019

The Stoics never talked about divorce. But they can still help with it. (Reprinted in Stoicism Today: Selected Writings: Volume III)

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