Articles By Daniel Johnson
 
July/August 2016
"The European question has been given a decisive answer by the British people. We believe it was the right one. And it is final. Three other questions remain. Why did it happen? What does it mean? And what will happen next?"
 
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July/August 2016
We must be prepared to defend our civilisation’s values with policies muscular enough to protect us from the growing totalitarian threat
 
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July/August 2016
Demolishing the self-mythologising of the high priestess of Nazi chic
 
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June 2016
Beyond Europe’s borders, storm clouds are gathering; what Brexit would mean for the survival of the West is a fair question — though one not always fairly answered
 
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June 2016
"The impulse to suppress freedom of speech is never holy, even if it has taken many centuries for both church and state to admit as much. And that unholy impulse will re-emerge unless we are vigilant."
 
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May 2016
"There is no nobler cause than the freedom of the press; but the more absolute that freedom is, the more ignoble may be the motives of those who avail themselves of it."
 
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May 2016
A performance by the Bach Collegium Japan shows that Western culture belongs to everyone
 
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May 2016
After Paris and Brussels, Londoners need to wake up to the alarming reality of a capital in which Islamist enclaves are allowed to flourish
 
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May 2016
The EU's foreign policy chief is a lightweight
 
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May 2016
The rising star of Israeli politics
 
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April 2016
"For eight years, Standpoint has tried to offer terra firma from which to observe our unfolding planetary drama"
 
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April 2016
In his latest book, Roger Scruton takes on the ultimate philosophical problem of death
 
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April 2016
We are witnessing a gigantic confidence trick being perpetrated against the most powerful and prosperous people on the planet.
 
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March 2016
'For Continentals, borders are a deadly serious matter'
 
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March 2016
'What makes the West unique are not recent phenomena, such as modern technology, but cultural factors which had been at work long before modernisation began some two centuries ago'
 
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March 2016
The legacy of the "father of Europe" is fast disintegrating
 
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March 2016
The master of realpolitik is much misunderstood
 
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January/February 2016
"The new Islamist Terror of the 21st century has so far exacted a global death toll at least in the hundreds of thousands, most of them civilians."
 
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January/February 2016
The former Archbishop of Canterbury seems too pleased with himself to reflect on his disastrous legacy
 
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January/February 2016
The last true intellectual of antiquity
 
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December 2015
"How much havoc do the jihadis have to wreak before Europe and America resolve to tackle the source of the evil?"
 
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November 2015
It has been a truism that intellectuals lean to the Left and sneer at the Right, but no more should this be the case
 
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November 2015
The letters of the great writer reveal affairs with both sexes but also an intense intellectual and spiritual life
 
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November 2015
The American philosopher should be lauded for his crisp counterblast to the politics of envy
 
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October 2015
"The ultimate demographic impact on Europe of the present wave of migration is totally unpredictable"
 
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October 2015
The genocidal ghouls of Isis are tearing down a precious piece of our civilisation. This is the price we pay for not standing up to barbarism
 
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October 2015
The post-war rehabilitation of Hitler's architect was utterly undeserved
 
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September 2015
Like the Gadarene swine, the Left are hurtling toward destruction
 
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September 2015
"The refusal to accept any domination of the Continent by one power has been the biggest British contribution to European peace and prosperity"
 
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July/August 2015
'The story of Cain and Abel, like so many others in the Hebrew Bible, expresses a profound truth about human nature.'
 
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July/August 2015
Anti-Semitism is rife, from liberal corridors of power to Muslim communities. We must not ignore our duty to the Jewish people
 
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June 2015
The anniversaries this month of Waterloo and the signing of Magna Carta should remind us of the benediction of our birth
 
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June 2015
Will Britain’s triumphant Prime Minister now show the maturity and character that the nation has a right to expect from him?
 
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June 2015
As we mark the bicentenary of Waterloo, there is an alarming trend towards rehabilitating Napoleon
 
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June 2015
The surprisingly humane Iron Duke who defeated Napoleon
 
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May 2015
"Only the party that wins the trust of the middle classes deserves to govern."
 
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May 2015
A "Metaphysical" dining society sets an example for today's academics
 
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May 2015
War and religion intertwined in the era of Cervantes
 
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May 2015
How much truth is there in the myth of the "noblest Roman"?
 
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May 2015
The renegade apostle deserves better than the demonisation he has recieved
 
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April 2015
The bold, atmospheric work of a contemporary German artist
 
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April 2015
Our political system, for all its imperfections, remains precious
 
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April 2015
In the era of Putin and Islamic State, we shall have to  dust off Clausewitz and confront reality
 
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March 2015
Cultural amnesia is very hard to reverse
 
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March 2015
The respected philosopher is a false friend of the West
 
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March 2015
The economist's legacy has been mostly disastrous
 
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January/February 2015
"In the war against the West, there have been many periods when the odds were against the survival of our civilisation."
 
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January/February 2015
Two American men of letters
 
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January/February 2015
Three refugees saw the Third Reich as the enemy of civilisation. Today we can learn from their example
 
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December 2014
Would a more Churchillian prime minister have reacted more robustly to Russia going rogue?
 
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December 2014
The hostility in Sino-Japanese relations
 
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December 2014
Jews and Christians have respect for their differences because they talk to each other. Can Muslims be persuaded to do the same?
 
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December 2014
A true revolutionary who showed his moral superiority over Communism by his magnanimity in victory
 
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November 2014
"It is perhaps best to see the British and the Germans as an odd couple with a tendency to lurch from throwing dishes to mutual admiration."
 
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November 2014
Was the artist an exploitative pornographer or one of the greatest artists of the 20th century?
 
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November 2014

Gunter Schabowski, whose gaffe brought down the Berlin Wall, has died aged 86. Standpoint's editor Daniel Johnson remembers his walk-on part in the momentous events of 1989 which led to the triumph of democracy.

 
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October 2014
Julie Bindel deserves praise for her readiness to investigate the murkier corners of this country - where civilisation often seems like a bad joke
 
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October 2014
They cast their literary spells over a generation, but have Martin Amis and Ian McEwan merit as moralists?
 
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September 2014
'The next few months will test David Cameron's nerve, as Britain plays its part in defending Western civilisation from Mitteleuropa to Mesopotamia'
 
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July/August 2014
"Islam is here to stay in Europe. Non-Muslims too must adapt, and we do."
 
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July/August 2014
A musical evening in North London recreates the spirit of the Weimar Republic
 
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June 2014
Our greatest living poet is a reminder to those in public life of the energy of intelligence created by the writing and criticism of poetry
 
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June 2014
The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary is a gravy-train hopper who does not deserve his reputation as an economic guru
 
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June 2014
"What impressed those of us who heard Father Halik was that Professor Tomáš Halik spoke much more forcefully than any British cleric would dare to do on such a formal occasion."
 
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May 2014
Unless Europeans and Americans reform government by cutting back its functions and adopting the best practice in delivering services, from Indian medicine to Singaporean welfare, they risk being overtaken by China and other rivals.
 
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May 2014
 
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April 2014
The betrayal of Ukraine is only the latest chapter in the slow retreat of Western civilisation since the triumph of 1989. Unless something changes soon, that retreat now threatens to become a stampede.
 
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March 2014
'It is easy to denigrate democracy while enjoying its benefits'
 
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March 2014
Has the literary world misunderstood Hanif Kureishi’s latest novel?
 
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January/February 2014
'Good writing, like clear thinking, is very hard to teach or to learn. If the writer has something to say, the words come naturally; if not, no amount of instruction will help.'
 
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January/February 2014
A painting by 19th-century social chronicler Honore Daumier reveals the synthetic outrage and hypocrisy of Bob Crow et al over the third-class-carriage proposals
 
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January/February 2014
'Although Mandela is an incomparably more important figure than Princess Diana, the process by which the real person is replaced by a fantasy is no more edifying this time'
 
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January/February 2014
A reflection on the past and future of the periodical
 
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December 2013
'Michelangelo was the best-remunerated artist in Italy and, like Bacon and Freud, he died a rich man. There the resemblace ends'
 
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November 2013
'The United States is now plagued by intimations of mortality, and is under a president whose highest ambition seems to be the abdication of global responsibilities.'
 
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October 2013
“While no longer accepting any special responsibility on the world stage, Obama pretends that we are all citizens together. Like Hamlet the President soliloquises; he does not act”
 
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October 2013
John Eliot Gardiner's new portrait is the culmination of a lifetime's devotion to the great composer
 
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October 2013
“John Kerry’s gaffe has changed the course of history. He is now engaged in a protracted negotiation with the Russians, which may give Assad the time he needs to win the civil war”
 
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September 2013
'Britain is living through a baby boom, but where does this demographic surge leave the prophecies of Europe's crisis of civilisation?'
 
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September 2013
Now that London is driving a revival in the UK's economy there will no longer be any mileage in anti-capitalist rhetoric
 
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July/August 2013
In praise of the author of the original Inferno, who ennobled not only the Italian language but all humanity
 
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July/August 2013
David Kynaston’s Modernity Britain, the fifth of his series of histories of Britain since 1945, reveals the late Fifties to be not a time of illiberalism and repression, but of a generosity of spirit
 
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July/August 2013
'Britain's best hope of renewing and defending Western civilisation is to recognise that the English language has conquered the world without a drop of blood being spilt'
 
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July/August 2013
Historical awareness is no longer seen as the cornerstone of a good education. We are falling victim to cultural amnesia
 
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June 2013
Against all the odds Standpoint has survived and flourished. This month, thanks to our readers, writers and supporters, we celebrate our fifth birthday
 
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June 2013
Two major biographies of Margaret Thatcher — one vivid and concise, the other magisterial — are essential reading for anyone who cares about the Iron Lady
 
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May 2013
A tribute to the leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Standpoint contributor
 
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May 2013
The US's new Secretary of Defence should behave a little less like his Prussian near namesake and avoid hero-worshipping foreign military prowess
 
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May 2013
Banned by the Nazis, Jewish composer Arnold Schoenberg is one of a number of greats whose music outlives the political repression it suffered
 
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May 2013
Thanks to his leap of faith, this gloomy Dane has been neglected by the intelligentsia
 
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May 2013
Two new biographies of the Left's hero choose to ignore his dark side
 
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May 2013
'Margaret Thatcher rejoiced in her role as the charioteer of the nation'
 
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April 2013
'The notion that the three Abrahamix religions is wholly Western. Like "European", "Abrahamic" is at best platitudinous, at worst bogus'
 
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April 2013
Diarmaid MacCulloch's new book on the Christian Church is entitled Silence but it might've been better if he'd just kept quiet
 
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April 2013
Jovial, informal and compassionate, the new Pontiff has the qualities to restore faith in the Vatican and to promote women in the Church
 
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March 2013
Critics have wrongly disparaged the author of Gulliver's Travels, whom critics have disparaged as a misanthrope, a misogynist and a madman
 
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March 2013
The once derided, now unmentionable George W. Bush shames the Obama Administration in their respective attempts to promote peace in the Middle East
 
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March 2013
"I emerged from my spell of jury service with an enhanced respect for the law; any ruler who is above the law — as EU institutions are in effect — is a tyrant"
 
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January/February 2013
'Under the dictatorship of relativism, culture has often been debased to mean almost anything'
 
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December 2012
 
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November 2012
Ed Miliband sees himself as the heir to Disraeli. Not only is he nothing of the sort, but he doesn't appear to have read the One Nation Tory's best-known speech
 
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November 2012
Mozart's wide-ranging genius and phrenetic final phase are the focus of two excellent new studies on classical music
 
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October 2012
'The President's guilt-inspired attitude towards Islam was set out in his Cairo speech of 2009, with the Muslim Brotherhood in the front row'
 
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October 2012
In the wake of the Paralympics, a new biography celebrates the life of our greatest disabled serviceman: Horatio Nelson
 
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September 2012
A relentlessly hostile critic of Israel, Oxfam are destroying the second-hand book trade in the UK
 
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September 2012
'If we are to prevent the descent of Europe once again into the abyss of anti-Semitism, we cannot pass over such atrocities as the recent massacres of Jews in Toulouse and Bulgaria in silence'
 
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July/August 2012
'Britons should be ashamed of the fact that the threat of violence and intimidation apparently carries more weight with out authorities than freedom of speech'
 
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July/August 2012
Bach came as close to sainthood as Luther could allow. We should all be grateful to a composer never surpassed.
 
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June 2012
The attempt by Gunter Grass, who has died at the age of 87, to hide his past as a member of the Waffen SS was a shameful betrayal of his countrymen, and invalidates his life's work
 
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June 2012
Jean-Paul Kaufmann's A Journey to Nowhere recounts how a student love affair led him to discover Courland, the Latvian peninsula with a troubled history and elusive identity
 
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June 2012
'Capitalism renews itself incessantly: it has survived wars and revolutions, booms and busts, depressions and inflations. As long as the West does not renounce capitalism, its long-term prosperity is secure'
 
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May 2012
'The intelligentsia ignored the irruption of religious fanaticism into domestic British politics. In the face of these foes of civilisation, silence is the worst form of cowardice'
 
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May 2012
The rule of the ancient King of Persia was more enlightened than the despots of today's Islamic Republic of Iran
 
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April 2012
'We all — all classes, races and genders of every sexual persuasion — have a stake in restoring the authority of marriage, because our civilisation depends on it'
 
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April 2012
Book review of Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West by Edward Lucas
 
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March 2012
Europe’s most celebrated author is playing with fire in his latest novel
 
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March 2012
British leaders should apply the lesson of Churchill's firm resistance to a belligerent Stalin when dealing with the Kremlin
 
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March 2012
 
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January/February 2012

'It is true that certain faiths, ideologies and cultures make submission the supreme virtue, while the civilisation that emerged from Athens, Rome and Jerusalem has cherished liberty in all its forms'

 
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January/February 2012
The German film Der Ganz Grosse Traum shows the delightful story of the first Anglo-German conflict (football match, that is)
 
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December 2011
'It is profoundly irresponsible for priests, rabbis or imams to make excuses for breaking the law'
 
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November 2011
'The Arab Spring must not be allowed to degenerate into one huge pogrom from Tripoli to Tehran'
 
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November 2011
Book review of Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson, New Women in Search of Love and Power by Susan Hertog
 
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November 2011
The pessimists are lining up to announce the fall of the West and above all of the US. But the Americans will prove them wrong
 
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November 2011
The Prime Minister is a true gentleman, but he has no idea how to turn his code of conduct into policies that will appeal to women
 
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October 2011
 
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September 2011
Review of The Appointment by Herta Müller; Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier; and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
 
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September 2011
David Cameron's forthcoming visit to the Kremlin should not just be another exercise in deferential "diplomacy"
 
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September 2011
'Secular individuals are of course no less moral than their pious counterparts, but secular societies are living on the spiritual capital accumulated by their ancestors'
 
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September 2011
9/11 — In memoriam: A new poem
 
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July/August 2011
'Rowan Williams likes to see himself as the Church of England's first celebrity archbishop — almost as famous as the Vicar of Dibley'
 
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July/August 2011
David Brooks is political flavour of the month this side of the Atlantic, so in thrall is Westminster to Barack Obama
 
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June 2011

Suicide may be driven by noble feelings, but as two recent works of German fiction highlight, it should never be celebrated

 
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June 2011
Daniel Johnson compares two sisters, one a vociferous campaigner against Israel, the other a towering figure in Judaeo-Christian thought
 
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June 2011
Daniel Johnson compares two sisters, one a vociferous campaigner against Israel, the other a towering figure in Judaeo-Christian thought
 
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June 2011

Spinoza was the first major modern thinker to defend both democracy and liberty. His Tractatus Theologico-Politicus is still the classic defence of the idea that 'in a free state, every man may think what he likes and say what he thinks.'

 
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May 2011
'After assimilation Jews made an incomparable contribution to the public life, the economy and the culture of the United States, and to the survival of the State of Israel'
 
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April 2011
'It is time to recall what we have lost and to make sure that our children are not deprived of the civilisation that our ancestors fought to preserve'
 
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March 2011
'We are all neocons now, if one is to judge by the general euphoria at the prospect of democracy in Egypt'
 
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January/February 2011
'Happiness consists in doing as we would be done by. Judaeo-Christian morality is integral to Enlightenment ethics'
 
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December 2010
"To keep entire communities in enforced idleness is to exclude them from full participation in humanity"
 
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December 2010
The Hungarian-American billionaire philanthropist devotes his vast wealth to a campaign against the West and its values
 
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December 2010
The considered high-mindedness of Eliot or Larkin is no longer a prerequisite for members of today's literary establishment
 
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December 2010
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel at first dismissed, then embraced Thilo Sarrazin’s attack on multiculturalism
 
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November 2010
The state has subordinated intellectual purposes and diminished the freedom and independence that were once the hallmark of academic life.
 
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November 2010
The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century by Peter Watson; Fame by Daniel Kehlmann; The Box by Günter Grass; and Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius
 
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November 2010
That Howard Jacobson and V. S. Naipaul are non-members of the London literary establishment does them credit
 
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October 2010
'Benedict reminds us that reason without faith will also take pathological forms, whether totalitarian ideology or eugenics'
 
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October 2010

A tale of two émigrés: One of whom wanted to subvert the British State, while the other embraced it

 
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October 2010

A tale of two émigrés: One of whom wanted to subvert the British State, while the other embraced it

 
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October 2010
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?
 
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September 2010
Westminster's current inhabitants are perfect fodder for a great political satirist, if only we had one
 
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September 2010
'The papal visit has revealed the new atheists' attempt to abolish the boundary between church and state, to the detriment of the former'
 
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July/August 2010
"We should be under no illusions: if Israel falls, the rest of the West will be next."
 
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July/August 2010
A fine new tribute explains why Mahler matters more than ever
 
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June 2010
'There is a real danger that the new coalition will overlook the urgent need to restore the ladders of aspiration that have been wilfully kicked away since the 1960s'
 
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June 2010
David Cameron has his hands full keeping his coalition with Nick Clegg going while the country is in crisis. Is he up to the task?
 
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May 2010
'It was on the road to Pisa that my family and I had our revelation of the fragility of Western civilisation'
 
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April 2010
'Alfred Toepfer was not an ambivalent figure: he was a Nazi before, during and after the war'
 
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March 2010
‘The British people will soon have to make a momentous choice’
 
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January/February 2010
The editor-proprietor of the London Review of Books is clear about her prejudices. Not so clear is why the Arts Council should fund her magazine
 
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January/February 2010
‘All is still to play for in this lethal game of blindfold chess’
 
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December 2009
‘We, the victors of the Cold War, the liberators of the evil empire, could never have accomplished our bloodless triumph without a good measure of idealism’
 
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December 2009
The Tory leader's Big Society speech promises a revolution. But have we been here before?
 
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November 2009
It was a rare privilege to have a footnote in history at the fall of the Berlin Wall, which led to the collapse of communism
 
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November 2009
‘We need to confront the forces of chaos wherever and in whatever form they appear’
 
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October 2009
‘Italy is a microcosm of Europe: if democracy and the rule of law die there, the writing is on the wall for the rest of us’
 
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October 2009
Richard Evans has accused fellow historian Andrew Roberts of inaccuracy, but failed to check his own facts
 
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