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Why Henry James still matters

Not everyone will find a haven in his work. But his magnificently eloquent body of work challenges us and repays the effort

The trouble with idealism

Why do people with the best of intentions so often create the worst of outcomes? They come up against reality

The Brexit crunch approaches

Thorny issues remain unresolved as the transition period comes to a close. Yet the hurdles to a deal are not insurmountable

Nigeria: the great black hope at 60

Surviving poverty, corruption and state brutality, the nation-building project of Africa’s cultural superpower still inspires hope in its citizens

György Lukács: the backlash

By closing the intellectual’s archive, the Orbàn regime has shown its intent: to suppress complex history, erode academia and censor criticism

What did the Stoics ever do for us?

If resilience sounds like something you might be able to benefit from at present, Stoicism might be just the thing for you

Meritocracy makes a new ruling class

Innovation has often come from hard work by unlettered people. But young progressives now seem to treat education as a proxy for virtue

Rebuilding the Red Wall tier by tier

A case of buyer’s remorse? The “useless” Tories are alienating new voters in the North and locking down the areas least likely to cope

The power of pop

Pop music is dependent on repetition, fleeting fashions and youthful idealism—but has an immediacy like no other art form

The war against Chinese Christians

There is a sustained and wide-ranging programme of repression against religions which challenge the CCP’s socialist core values

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"
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