Today's Edition, 18 September 2020

Is Donald Trump toast?

The pollsters Nate Silver, Doug Rivers and Robert Cahaly have radically different ideas about the coming election

Freddie Sayers
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Anti-racism is a virtue gone mad

Princeton University might lose millions as a result

| 18 September

What if there were no Athens?

It's the counterfactual idea on which all of history is based

It's the counterfactual idea on which all of history is based

Tom Holland
How America came apart

A people with no shared history will find it very hard to keep a lid on disorder and violence

A people with no shared narrative or history will find it very hard to keep a lid on disorder and violence

Douglas Murray
The BBC needs to sack the suits

Timid and out of touch, it is churning out banal bulletins and screwing up digital output

Timid and out of touch, it is churning out banal bulletins and screwing up digital output

Ian Birrell
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Anti-racism is a virtue gone mad

Princeton University might lose millions as a result

| 18 September

Matt Hancock’s ‘messaging’ is no better than Trump’s

Fearmongering slogans like 'don't kill your gran' are the opposite of good political leadership

The plot against Mercia

Birmingham was a boom city after the war and might have come to rival London. So why did planners deliberately sabotage its economy?

Why everyone is stupid except me

Twitter users love the Dunning-Kruger effect because it suggests your opponent is an idiot

Cuties isn’t kiddie porn — it’s tragedy

We are too squeamish about the power and vulnerability that’s unique to female puberty

Mary Harrington
Can bad men do good things?

The idea that President Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize isn't as crazy as it sounds

Stephen Pollard
Why the new inquisition came for David Hume

Just as in the philosopher's day, the zealots of the 21st century cannot understand human complexity

Giles Fraser
How Brahmins lead the fight against white privilege

Upper-class Indians are prominent in America's radical racial politics despite centuries of privilege

Razib Khan

Upper-class Indians are prominent in America's radical racial politics despite centuries of privilege

Razib Khan
Why everyone is stupid except me

Twitter users love the Dunning-Kruger effect because it suggests your opponent is an idiot

Tom Chivers
Matt Hancock’s ‘messaging’ is no better than Trump’s

Fearmongering slogans like 'don't kill your gran' are the opposite of good political leadership

Freddie Sayers

Interviews.

we sit down with original thinkers and talk ideas

Is Donald Trump toast?

The pollsters Nate Silver, Doug Rivers and Robert Cahaly have radically different ideas about the coming election

Merlin Sheldrake: the philosophy of fungi

Tyler Cowen on herd mentality and herd immunity

Freddie Sayers speaks to the influential US thinker about Covid-19, the media, and Trump

Prof Michael Levitt: here’s what I got wrong

The Nobel Prize winner returns to LockdownTV to discuss his predictions

The ZeroCovid debate: can the disease be eliminated?

Professor Devi Sridhar makes the case for why we should not tolerate any level of Covid-19



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Boeing’s deadly sin

Greed is not just a corporate failure, but a moral one too

| 18 September
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If your child has the sniffles, is it Covid or a cold?

The symptoms for each virus are almost indistinguishable

| 17 September
Spotted
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Don’t recycle plastic. Burn it.

There's nothing to gain from dumping plastic rubbish halfway across the world

| 17 September
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Does international law even exist?

It is made by and for states, which are invariably motivated by national interest

| 17 September
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Why are we racialising Beethoven?

As a person of colour, I don't feel 'excluded' when I listen to the 5th Symphony

| 16 September
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Why fusionism failed

The relationship between conservatism and capitalism was doomed from the start

| 16 September
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Even tribal Tories are baffled by the Rule of Six

The PM can’t see the value of anything that doesn’t contribute to the exchequer

| 15 September
Spotted
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How liberals paid the price for breaking Britain

They still don't understand the extent and nature of their privilege

| 15 September
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Don’t fall for the Venus life trap

Is there really evidence of life on the planet?

| 14 September
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The evidence for the ‘Rule of 6’ is not promising

There is nothing to suggest that it limits the spread of Covid-19

| 14 September
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Less likely than being struck by lightning? Think I’ll stay indoors

The risk of dying from Covid is tiny, but people can't help being frightened anyway

| 14 September
Series: Alt histories

Alt histories

What we can learn from re-writing the past

Confessions Podcast with Giles Fraser

The English have always been drunkards

There's nothing new in history — including our nation's partiality to a stiff drink

Ed West
Why are doctors leaving in droves?

This historically stable, lucrative and prestigious profession is in critical condition

Louise Perry
The plot against Mercia

Birmingham was a boom city after the war and might have come to rival London. So why did planners deliberately sabotage its economy?

John Myers
Christianity was the original cancel culture

For 2,000 years people in power have been trying to no-platform those they consider a threat to hearts and minds

Catherine Nixey
What cats taught me about philosophy

By entering our world, our pet felines have given us a window looking out of it

John Gray

By entering our world, our pet felines have given us a window looking out of it

John Gray
Confessions of a student Marxist

It is hard not to conclude that a whole generation has been terribly misled about how best to pursue a life of meaning and resilience

Tobias Phibbs
Enoch Powell, visionary

As a new book notes, many of his most troubling predictions have indeed come to pass

Aris Roussinos

Box Set: Black Lives Matter

Our contributors examine the protest movement that shook the world

Stop crying foul over fascism

The Left justifies extreme and violent action by framing Trump as an existential threat to America

Michael Tracey
Why defunding the police will hurt women most

The criminal justice system is the only safeguard for those in greatest need of protection

Louise Perry
Hypocrisy is not the worst thing on earth

No one cares if progressives don't practise what they preach — so long as what they're preaching is good

Ben Sixsmith
‘Cultural appropriation’ is American cultural imperialism

The outrage over Adele shows the extent to which the US culture wars intrude in places they don't belong

Douglas Murray

How true crime romanticises murderers

Des, the fascinating drama about Dennis Nilsen, finally gives his victims a voice

Tanya Gold
Why ‘Civilization’ is a political masterpiece

Sid Meier's creation invites us to think about how the world works — and warns it could be a lot worse

Sam Leith
Tabloid fake law is not the only fake law

The Secret Barrister’s new book on misinformation seems to betray a loss of impartiality

Adam King
Why Christopher Nolan needs to calm down

There's nothing thrilling about over-complicated plots — they create confusion, not tension

Andrew Martin