Best of the week, 31 July 2021

The walls are going up across Europe

The EU is preparing for a militarised war on immigration

Aris Roussinos
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07:15

UnHerd picks: July’s best Substacks

Featuring: rationalists, the China Dream, violence, and J.K. Rowling

| 31 July

Do genes determine intelligence?

Both conservatives and liberals are ignoring the realities of biology

Both conservatives and liberals are ignoring the realities of biology

Razib Khan
We’ve followed Alice down the rabbit hole

Something nasty has happened to children's storytelling in the years since Disney's fantasy

Something nasty has happened to children's storytelling in the years since Disney's fantasy

Mary Harrington
Why women are faking it

Female Love Islanders justify Botox with the language of victimhood

Female Love Islanders justify Botox with the language of victimhood

Zoe Strimpel
Can we trust the climate scientists?

The reaction to Steven Koonin's book highlights just how toxic the debate has become

The reaction to Steven Koonin's book highlights just how toxic this debate has become

Tom Chivers
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Spotted
07:15

UnHerd picks: July’s best Substacks

Featuring: rationalists, the China Dream, violence, and J.K. Rowling

| 31 July

Britain’s criminal approach to drugs

As addiction and fatality figures surge, Portugal may hold the solution

Ian Birrell
Jess Phillips is desperate to be ‘normal’

The Labour MP knows she needs a brand to succeed in politics

Tanya Gold
Why women are faking it

Female Love Islanders justify Botox with the language of victimhood

Zoe Strimpel
Jess Phillips is desperate to be ‘normal’

The Labour MP knows she needs a brand to succeed in politics

Tanya Gold
Alan Rusbridger always wins

The Guardian's former editor is no stranger to the revolving door

Douglas Murray
What’s the worst thing about being cancelled?

There's something more frightening than threats and online abuse

Sarah Ditum
Is this peak Boris?

The Prime Minister's vaccine bounce could be starting to wane

Matthew Goodwin

The Prime Minister's vaccine bounce could be starting to wane

Matthew Goodwin
Britain’s absurd quarantine failures

Closing the borders to plague is an age-old response — which our government disregarded

Stuart Ritchie
What liberals get wrong about race

The media's fixation with identity has skewed reality

Eric Kaufmann

Interviews.

we sit down with original thinkers and talk ideas

Winston Marshall, Jess de Wahls, Sarah Ditum: free speech in the Arts

This week's UnHerd Live event, hosted by Freddie Sayers

Trump Insider: Chances of 2024 run just got a lot higher

Freddie Sayers spoke to former Trump advisor Jason Miller

Wikipedia co-founder: I no longer trust the website I created

Freddie Sayers spoke to Larry Sanger about why he left

Rupert Sheldrake: Science does not tolerate dissent

Freddie Sayers spoke to the biologist about the dogma of scientism

Govt modeller: What our Covid forecasts got wrong

SPI-M member Dr Mike Tildesley considers whether June 21st could have gone ahead


Explainer
15:29

How Georgia Meloni overtook Matteo Salvini

The Brothers of Italy are now more popular than the League for the first time

| 30 July
Reaction
12:15

Young people aren’t idiots on vaccine passports

From the media coverage, you'd think all we care about is nightclubs

| 30 July
Reaction
07:15

What Simone Biles can learn from Jordan Peterson

The world's greatest gymnast chose chaos over order this week

| 30 July
Reaction
16:59

Does everyone agree transgender women are women?

The International Olympic Committee medical director seems to think so

| 29 July
Event
14:45

Winston Marshall, Jess de Wahls, Sarah Ditum: free speech in the Arts

This week's UnHerd Live event, hosted by Freddie Sayers

| 29 July
Debate
14:33

Have I been unfair to Neil Ferguson?

The professor is treated with leniency, even when he gets it wrong

| 29 July
Behind the news
07:15

Alta Fixsler and the cruelty of our courts

Parents are no match for judges and doctors in the UK's legal system

| 29 July
Reaction
15:45

Oh no, The Mash Report is back

It's the worst kind of comedy — dull and self-satisfied

| 28 July
Spotted
12:36

Why the Spanish Civil War isn’t over

The Left-wing government's new law is a final attempt to finish the conflict

| 28 July
Reaction
07:15

Why is good news about Covid so hard to accept?

Pundits refuse to believe that the latest pandemic developments are positive

| 28 July
Debate
17:04

The only way to survive the vaccine wars

In times like these, the best course is to disengage and stay out of it

| 27 July
Behind the news
13:15

There’s no such thing as a pregnant man

The 'birthing community' is increasingly deluded about biology

Series: Apocalyptic thinking

Apocalyptic thinking

Our contributors contemplate the end of the world

America needs a monarchy

Presidential progeny like Hunter Biden will always succeed

Kat Rosenfield
How Preston became a socialist utopia

Lefties across the world have fallen for its economic radicalism

Gavin Haynes
The return of South Africa’s militias

In the absence of government, vigilantes are forced to defend their homes

Brian Pottinger
The emptiness of open letters

With enough signatories, any demand will be fulfilled

Britain’s criminal approach to drugs

As addiction and fatality figures surge, Portugal may hold the solution

Ian Birrell

As addiction and fatality figures surge, Portugal may hold the solution

Ian Birrell
The dangers of Twitter

Sometimes death threats do come true

Jenny McCartney
How the Republicans were radicalised

Optimism about the future of American democracy is in short supply

Justin Webb

Box Set: Black Lives Matter

Our contributors examine the protest movement that shook the world

The West’s cultural revolution is over

The return of censorship, speech codes and taboos suggests society returning to normal

Ed West
Antiracism won’t save you

Robin DiAngelo's new book is self-help for narcissistic white people

Tomiwa Owolade
Why does the West hate itself?

White progressives are blinded by their own guilt

Remi Adekoya
The day American justice died

A year after George Floyd's death, the powerless have been abandoned

Bret Weinstein

Why wellness gurus become Covid dissidents

The world of alternative health was already primed to question the medical establishment

Gavin Haynes
What the Mongols did for us

The Golden Horde wasn't barbarous, it created the modern world

Razib Khan
Nobody wins the gender wars

Kathleen Stock's new book lays out the irreconcilable absurdities of the trans debate

Mary Harrington
Norman Mailer: prisoner of sex

A pivotal moment in the sexual revolution involved the novelist and four feminists

Tomiwa Owolade