In the magazine this month
Seventy years after the Battle of Britain, we again face the threat of a new Dark Age. Can our leaders emulate Churchill’s finest hour?
"There is no hope without fear," wrote Spinoza in his Ethics, "and no fear without hope." Today, the West is haunted by fear. It was Spinoza, together with Locke, who won the battle for religious toleration as the foundation of a political settlement that made possible the Anglophone Enlightenment. That battle for toleration needs to be won again today, on both sides of the Atlantic, because we live again in an age of intolerance: not only the intolerance of radical Islam, but also the intolerance of a radical secularism that takes its cue from Voltaire's motto: "Ecrasez l'infâme!" Today, we also need thinkers who can make the case for toleration in a wider sphere: thinkers capable of defending the market economy against its detractors, of defending the rule of law against anarchy, of upholding the liberties and values of the West against its enemies, internal and external.
LEON DE WINTER
A leading Dutch writer recalls growing up as a Jew in the Netherlands and explains why he now prefers to live in America
David Cameron should enlist everybody up to the Queen to rebuild Britain’s moral foundations
Gay and lesbian couples are using surrogacy and IVF to produce designer babies
On and off the chessboard, the ex-world champion is a fighter. Now the man who has led the struggle for Russian democracy talks to Standpoint
The great Cardinal demanded to be laid to rest surrounded by the holiest of his close companions
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