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Doubts and certainties
It has been a year of doubts and uncertainties: fluctuating infection and death rates, empty promises and political false starts, civil unrest, social injustice, abject diplomacy
An autumn note
“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”
Tolerating the intolerant
"For those who thought that a global pandemic would sound the death knell for identity politics, think again"
With and without prejudice
"Context and balanced opinion tend to be first on the sacrificial altar in any echo chamber"
Eliot’s editorial legacy
"The purpose of this magazine, and the sign of its intelligence, is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind simultaneously"
Standpoint goes to press as the pandemic rages. So too does the search for blame and the political fall-out
Alliances and dalliances
"The lethal combination of the Trump administration’s “America First” approach and many European members’ complacent, cowardly and stingy approach risks making Nato irrelevant"
'The issues are tricky: transgender people’s understandable desire to pursue happiness as members of the opposite sex can impinge on people born that way'
Wokery and zealotry
'You are either awake — aware to the evils of the world and the one true path for dealing with them — or shamefully asleep. There is no room for discussion. You just have to wake up'
Offences and defences
'Standpoint is, as it has always been, a magazine for small-c conservatives and small-l liberals. But it is also for small-s socialists and small-g greens, and for those who resist pigeonholing on principle'
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above