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A few months alter the fall of Margaret Thatcher, the most original thinker of post-war Conservatism died. Perhaps partly because of the commotion caused by... [Read More]
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Theodore Swenson regrets his virtues. The protagonist of Francine Prose's novel has been a popular creative writing professor for twenty years, but he has never... [Read More]
'Scoutcraft,' Robert Baden-Powell said, 'is a means through which the veriest hooligan can be brought to … God.' It was in a similar spirit that... [Read More]
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The full text of this poem is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. [Read More]
The Republic of Nauru, which hosted the Pacific Islands Forum earlier this month, is the third smallest state in the world by area (about 21... [Read More]
Since the Republican primaries of 2015-16, some people have turned to psychiatry in an effort to locate the irrational wellsprings of Trump's victory, but so... [Read More]
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This book is by far the most sustained and intelligent critique of post-structuralist theory yet published in Britain or America. It is argued from an... [Read More]
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How did Bill Gates become the richest man in America? His wealth has nothing to do with Microsoft producing good software at lower prices than... [Read More]
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From 1830, when it was conquered, until 1962, when the Evian Agreements made it into an independent state, Algeria was said to be French. Since... [Read More]
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Earlier this week Emmanuel Macron issued a declaration acknowledging the role of the French military in the murder of a pro-independence activist in Algeria sixty... [Read More]
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Bob Marley had called a break during a band rehearsal at his house on the evening of 3 December 1976 when two cars pulled up... [Read More]
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'Snow-balls have flown their Arcs, starr'd the Sides of Outbuildings, as of Cousins, carried Hats away into the brisk Wind off Delaware' – that's what... [Read More]
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That capitalism unobstructed by public regulations, cartels, monopolies, oligopolies, effective trade unions, cultural inhibitions or kinship obligations is the ultimate engine of economic growth is... [Read More]
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'He was the greatest man since the Deluge.' This assessment of Alexander von Humboldt by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, which Andrea Wulf quotes... [Read More]
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Scientists would sometimes like us to believe that science is just too difficult for the comprehension of ordinary mortals. Given the increasing diversity of specialities,... [Read More]
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Some generalisations about the natural world are easy to recall because they are expressed in apothegms. Then there are scientific principles whose mnemonic power and meanings... [Read More]
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Would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to... [Read More]
Fascism in fiction has been in vogue for a while now: the television versions of The Handmaid's Tale and The Man in the High Castle,... [Read More]
Last November, the prison inspectorate agreed an urgent notification protocol with the government. When a prison is found to be in dire straits, the inspectorate... [Read More]
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