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177. Development (V)

When I was at school there were two careers for me: to be an academic or a journalist. Now, by my early-twenties, both these objectives...

Problematic

I am here to problematise your outlook—deal with it. This idea of problematisation, a sort of intellectual nagging-hag, crops up again...

176. The wanderer (III)

Conservatives, in the broadest sense of that word, will occasionally protest that they are the “real progressives”, by which they mean...

174. After completion (V)

What is the deal with the British Royal Family? Since the Civil War, the monarchy has been in decline and, by the late 19th century, it...

Lovecraft and the cats

H.P. Lovecraft thought cats to be superior to dogs. He outlined his views in an essay on the subject, an essay in which he noted that...

173. Preponderance of the great (II)

A colleague, an Indian computer scientist, told me that when the time came for her arranged marriage to be fulfilled she was in...

172. The joyous (II)

For a long time, I was entranced by the Tao, but I was only entranced by it as a psychological concept. I thought of it in the same sense...

171. The power of the great (V)

Darwin combined an idea that was leftist, evolution, the idea of change—usually towards more complex organisms and societies—with a...

170. Dispersion (III)

A common error that occurs when people discuss politics—or anything, for that matter—is that one side, usually both, will assert that...

169. The gentle (III)

The term “meritocracy”, rather like “Tory” or “deplorable”, is one of those words that was coined with negative connotations but has,...

168. Conflict (II)

Trump is an egotist, whereas Obama is a narcissist. This will surprise some people, because it is common to call Trump a narcissist....

167. The well (III)

I arrived on the 11th floor of a central London law office with my colleague in tow. The room, set for some entertainment event, was...

166. Coming to meet (V)

Previously, I identified the intellectual—personified by Marx—as the source of leftism; he is the man of ideas, somewhere between a...

165. The wanderer (II)

Consider the case of Karl Marx, the most successful leftist in history. Marx was never a university lecturer; he had a PhD, granted—but...

164. Pushing upward (III)

The Boomer is the enemy: this sentiment has become common over the last decade, particularly on the political right. Inter-generational...

163. Limitation (V)

While the concept of IQ remains controversial, mainly for contradicting the West’s hegemonic ideology, it has limited explanatory value...

162. Youthful folly (IV)

What is the Internet? The Internet is the root network, it comes from the lower depths: the fundamental structure of the Internet is the...

161. Limitation (IV)

The concepts of white supremacy and white privilege have become increasingly familiar over the past decade. The proponents of these ideas...