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193. Following (II)

After transsexuality, what next? Conservatives, in an attempt at rhetorical manipulation, often say paedophilia—just as they said...

192. Oppression (IV)

Yesterday, I mentioned that transsexual men are quite often alpha males, high achievers who are a little bit autistic—Bruce Jenner would...

191. The corners of the mouth (V)

A few weeks ago, I threw on one of my aunt’s dresses and a sunhat and paraded about the house. “Oooh, I’m just so tired,” I said and...

190. Gathering together (V)

Elon Musk is a man who seems to have perfected the art of leadership. The art of leadership is to make yourself nothing—no-thing. This...

189. Preponderance of the great (III)

Why did Jordan Peterson end up in Russia—Russia, of all places—when he fell ill? He has a strong intellectual interest in Russia: he...

188. Corners of the mouth (IV)

Verhoeven’s 1987 film RoboCop is often taken to be a parable about free market cruelty and hubris. Quite the contrary, RoboCop is about...

187. Enthusiasm (IV)

About four years ago, a wave of trickster energy washed over the West and terminated in Brexit and Trump. The wave has receded, so let us...

186. Holding together (III)

Totalitarianism is always an accusation thrown around political discussion, everyone is totalitarian—liberal totalitarians, Muslim...

Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger has come to be an avatar for the 2010s, the decade when the figure of the “incel”— the “involuntary celibate”—came to...

185. Retreat (V)

The altar was made in the shape of a cross; it had been made from concrete and it had split to the sky in four pieces under the jagged...

184. Gathering together (IV)

In a sushi joint at Paddington Station, I interviewed a man who had walked to the South Pole; he did it quite alone—it was a true...

Intellectuals

The long summer after I finished my secondary school exams, the summer I waited to go to university, I would spend the evenings in the...

183. The taming power of the small (VI)

Stoicism has become a trend over the last decade, a trend supported by YouTube channels, self-help books, and even “Stoicon” conferences....

182. Abundance (IV)

The computer game series Command and Conquer has sold millions upon millions of copies over its twenty-six year lifetime; it may continue...

181. The clinging (III)

Oswald Mosley is an unfortunate figure, a relatively obscure figure—though nonetheless an instructive figure. He led the small British...

180. Revolution (V)

A recent reintroduction to the Batman mythos is the figure of Ra’s al Ghul. As his vaguely Muslim name suggests, this character took...

Depression

As I mentioned before, in my second year at university I fell into a deep depression; indeed, it was so deep that then—and over the...

179. The clinging (II)

The Batman-Joker dynamic: Wayne is a respectable billionaire playboy who puts on a mask to enter the underworld and dispense rough...

178. Contemplation (III)

Harvey Milk was a first-class American of the new type; it might even be said that he was among the first of the new type. He must have...