Standpoint Magazine

Why Immanuel Kant matters

Immanuel Kant is often misunderstood — and he is partly to blame. But what he has to say is well worth thinking about

Martians, mushy peas, leprechauns (and gin)

An awful lot of advertising is graceless and uninviting. But very occasionally an advert has the cheek to be enjoyable and funny

In search of ‘English Proust’

Can the Recherche be adapted and remain Proust? And should it really be seen as therapy?

Inside the Russian psyche

The UK remains surprisingly reluctant to dig deep into the patterns shaping Russia’s view of the world

Machiavelli’s virtue politics

Modern politicians can learn from the Renaissance

Goodthink and crimethink

Linguistic revisionism leads to rapid substitution of meaning: words are deployed as weapons to shut down independent thought

Prophets and messiahs

Deep inequality, a mismanaged pandemic, widespread violence and a tanking economy. How did Brazil get into this mire?

Tristram Shandy and the consolations of comedy

The story of “A COCK and a BULL . . . And one of the best of its kind, I ever heard”:

How to prevent the next pandemic

‘I have been reporting as a science journalist for years that the world is at increasing risk of pandemics like this; that this was predicted; that we know what we need to do to prepare and we simply haven’t done it; and that more and worse pandemics are coming so we need to do that, now’

The lockdown litterbugs

‘The enduring images etched in my mind after lockdown are not of nature nurtured but nature trashed, suffocating under mountains of litter’

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"