Articles By DANIEL JOHNSON
 
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
Günter Grass's attempt to hide his past as a member of the Waffen SS is 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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September 2009

‘What do Muslim women want? It is not for a non-Muslim man to say. But I can confidently say what most of them do not want’

 
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July/August 2009
Politicians like Boris Johnson should look to Berlin for inspiration when devising education policies
 
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July/August 2009

This year's war on expenses is nothing compared to the one started in 1939 - World War II

 
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July/August 2009
‘Obama may preach about audacity but the enemies of the West are more likely to practise it’
 
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June 2009
‘The British body politic, once so widely imitated throughout the world, now resembles an empty husk
 
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May 2009
‘Our societies have been sustained by the silent majority and by the institutional structures that survived from a more self-confident past. Now these structures too are falling apart’
 
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May 2009
Michelle Obama’s embrace of the Queen recalls our long-ago monarchs who were more tactile - and much more touchy
 
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March 2009
‘The decision to ban Wilders was the desperate diktat of ministers who have lost sight of the distinction between arbitrary government and the rule of law’
 
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March 2009
An abridged version of an address at a memorial service for Rabbi Sidney Brichto, who died on 16 January 2009
 
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April 2009
‘To dignify the thugs of the "Real" and "Continuity" IRA with the name of dissident is to insult real heroes like Sakharov, Solzhenitsyn, Sharansky, and Bukovsky’
 
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February 2009

Two approaches to mortality: Julian Barnes and Richard John Neuhaus

 
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February 2009
‘Having banished the West's Judaeo-Christian heritage, we are now investing the advent of Barack Obama with a quasi-messianic significance that no American president can possibly fulfill’
 
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January 2009

‘It is not inevitable that Western values will remain pre-eminent, but the decline of the West is a self-fulfilling prophecy and for that reason alone must be rejected’

 
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December 2008
‘Mr Obama subscribes to the European critique of the Bush administration, but the self-abasement that the critics demand from America is as implausible as it is undesirable’
 
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November 2008
‘Even in the midst of financial turmoil, the West still needs defending’
 
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October 2008
Starbucks is the symbol of American capitalism, but it's principle product was first brought to the West by an Islamic empire
 
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October 2008

‘The crisis in the Caucasus has undoubtedly ushered in a period of global insecurity’

 
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September 2008
By opening its columns to Islamist apologists, Prospect magazine is undermining moderate Muslims
 
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September 2008

‘Gray knew what it meant to speak in prose, in an era when it is not the love of money but contempt for honest language that is the root of all evil’

 
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August 2008
‘These illiberal liberals, who then flirted with Stalinism as they do today with Islamism, are as contemptuous as ever of what Orwell meant by the middle-class virtues’
 
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July 2008
‘America is a looking glass in which humanity sees itself reflected and, all too often, distorted by fear, envy and resentment’
 
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June 2008
The new transatlantic buzzword is actually a very old one — ancient Greek, in fact. Thumos is defined by Robert Kagan as “a spiritedness and ferocity in defence of clan, tribe, city, or state”.
 
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June 2008
‘To defend and celebrate Western civilisation is not merely desirable; it is imperative’
 
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