Issue: July 2020

Thousands of new French windfarms — but no reduction in carbon emissions

‘Wind and solar power make it impossible for France to close down its remaining fossil fuel power stations’

A defence of difference

"We seldom hear much about freedom from contemporary social justice activists. They don’t want freedom — freedom would mean taking responsibility for one’s life"

Dread, time and the pandemic

Søren Kierkegaard’s reflections on worry are useful reading for those in lockdown

American revolutions: Rewriting the language of the unheard

‘Dissenting viewpoints — for example, the belief that America is not an intrinsically racist country—are shunned as further proof of racist pathologies’

Why Schiller still matters

The great dramatist was an Enlightenment philosopher as well as playwright. His inquiries into humanity had a political dimension

Staking claims on thin ice: the new Silk Road

Shipping routes are opening up in the Arctic due to climate change. This is a development fraught with environmental and geopolitical risk

Majority rule; minority rights

It is folly to treat UK race relations as totally divorced from the rest of human experience. We need to look at the larger global picture

Suffering from chronic repression

Fears of a new Cultural Revolution are beginning to look justified as Xi Jinping advances the pace of control in China

The favourites

From Piers Gaveston onwards, controversial courtiers have a long history in British politics.How unusual is Dominic Cummings?

‘Safety first’: the war on risk

Safety has supplanted liberty as the driving force of our political culture. This is a cul-de-sac for democracy

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"