UnHerd picks: Substacks of the month
Featuring: hygiene theatre, Tartaria, prison abolitionists, and Sally Rooney
September saw Keir Starmer return to the 1990s at Labour conference, Joe Biden’s approval ratings plummet even further, and a global supply chain crisis. These have been the headline making events dutifully broadcast and published by the mainstream. But what’s been happening on Substack? UnHerd staff have selected their favourite posts from the last month.
American-Canadian academic Justin E.H. Smith wrote about how bored he was by the pandemic. Why? Smith is not a lockdown sceptic, or anti-vax. But he is frustrated by the way Covid is now being managed:
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Historian Anton Howes wrote about the rise of the new billionaire-funded space empires. Howes has a warning for Musk and Bezos. Being the first to colonise space, if history is anything to go by, might not be a good idea:
John Ganz wrote about Ross Perot’s 1992 run for the presidency; Wesley Yang investigated the origins of the prison abolition movement in the United States. Helen Lewis reviewed Sally Rooney’s new novel Beautiful World, Where Are You, wondering if the Irish author will ever write another novel:
Andrew Sullivan claims that Donald Trump will be back in 2024. Scott Alexander tried to work out why everybody hates modern architecture apart from modern architects, drawing on the work of our very own Peter Franklin.
Musk vs Bezos…. If I were a betting woman, I would put my money on Musk crushing Bezos. He is definitely smarter and bolder, a bit mad and way more entertaining – willing to bet the farm and crash down in flames.
I am fairly sure that the pompous Justin ‘E.H.’ Smith has money in the bank and food on the table. He, who is ‘bored’ with Covid, isn’t a lockdown sceptic, is critical of his friends’ enquiring challenging minds… then follows some increasingly rarified prose. I stopped reading. I value my time too much and will not be reading his substack.
I read it too. His writing style kind of grates, but there are some nuggets of wisdom buried in all that prose.
I read his article, and was quite enjoying it until he started with the capitalising “black” thing, whereupon I immediately stopped reading and emailed him challenging his woke racism. In our brief exchange of views, he proved to be a snobbish and unpleasant little man.
The use of the EH alone was a clue that you would be dismissed 🙂
He referred to non-philosophers as “riff-raff”. Nasty little man.
Kudos for calling him out on the racism.
Thanks very much.
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