Daniel Johnson

Charisma and catastrophe

"How could one of the most civilised societies on earth become the instrument of a mind of such malice? I confess that my heart sank at the thought of spending any more hours in the company of this personification of radical evil. Yet we cannot wholly avert our eyes"

Virtuosos of the written word

Why don’t great composers write great prose? A literary and musical mystery

Norsemen of the apocalypse

Kierkegaard's spirit has never been laid to rest. He is the philosopher of angst and dread: the conscience-stricken companion of modern consciousness

We need to talk about dementia

There is little consolation to be gleaned from the bare facts of dementia. But Nicci Gerrard has found much to cheer us by delving beneath and beyond the grim statistics to find meaning in misery

Rulers ruled by a sense of history

"Christopher Clark's subject is neither time nor power, but something even more evanescent: how those who wielded power were influenced by their sense of history"

A distinctive melody in the melodrama of our time

Our founding editor looks back on a decade in which Standpoint sought to uphold the highest political and cultural values

Europe’s destiny

"There was nothing unavoidable about the predicament in which the United Kingdom now finds itself"

You can love Europe and oppose the EU

People will die for their country but not for a supranational federation, despite President Macron’s hubristic vision of a united Europe

Underrated: Jonathan Haidt

A bold critic of our present academic malaise

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"