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The left and the right ignored their extremists and we ended up with Brexit and TrumpNick Cohenclint

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:10:30 +0000

The Observer 11 February 2017 Three types dominate extremist movements: crazies, cynics and creeps. The true crazies are always at the bottom of the heap. Cynical propagandists stoke their righteous fury, without which the extremist movement would collapse. Creeps rise to the top, in extremist movements as elsewhere. They are cynical, too, of course. They … Continue reading The left and the right ignored their extremists and we ended up with Brexit and Trump(image)

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The left are the right’s best friendsNick Cohencorby

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:58:26 +0000

The Spectator 15 February 2017 Modern British history is largely a history of Tory rule and misrule. The Tories governed Britain from 1886 until 1905 with only the Gladstone/Rosebery minority administration of 1892 to 1895 breaking their dominance. They were in power every year from 1916 until 1945, either on their own or in coalition, … Continue reading The left are the right’s best friends(image)

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Donald Trump and the fascist styleNick Cohentrump1trump2

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:37:19 +0000

The Observer 5 February 2017 Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that … Continue reading Donald Trump and the fascist style(image)

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Our World In Stupor LiesNick Cohen

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:57:47 +0000

Standpoint December/January 2016/17   In Cold War Manhattan, there appeared to be no greater enmity than the hatred between Victor Navasky, editor of left-wing magazine The Nation, and William F. Buckley Jr, editor of National Review. The Nation was, if not pro-Communist, then at the very least anti-Nato. Buckley’s aim, by contrast, was to destroy … Continue reading Our World In Stupor Lies(image)

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Why satirists can’t touch TrumpNick Cohensatire

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:54:23 +0000

Standpoint November 2016 “Are you not entertained?” boomed Alec Baldwin as he played Donald Trump on the US comedy show Saturday Night Live. We ought to have been. Baldwin’s Trump was a puffy-eyed pervert. He loomed over the actress playing Hillary Clinton like a rapist stalking a victim. He was entitled, bigoted and stupid. Baldwin’s … Continue reading Why satirists can’t touch Trump(image)

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Democracies cower before dictatorshipsNick Cohenturk

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:50:01 +0000

The Observer 22 January, 2017 Hard questions for democracies have piled up with a speed we have yet to take in. After the cold war, westerners asked how to stand up to autocrats. Should we intervene to stop genocide in Bosnia? Or demand sanctions and boycotts to protect the rights of Tibetans? The rise of … Continue reading Democracies cower before dictatorships(image)

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The theory of “post-truth politics” is a counsel of despairNick Cohenpost

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:47:46 +0000

Observer 14 January 2017 Post-truth politics isn’t a coherent description of the world but a cry of despair. Propositions have not stopped being right or wrong just because of the invention of Facebook. Whatever the authoritarian cults who rage across Twitter say to the contrary, the Earth still goes round the sun and two plus … Continue reading The theory of “post-truth politics” is a counsel of despair(image)

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The Brexiteers turn on the plebsNick Cohenplebs

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:41:25 +0000

  Spectator 15 January 2017 The trouble with plebiscites is that they leave the plebs stranded. A complicated issue is reduced to one question: should we leave the EU, yes or no. Nowhere on the ballot does it ask whether we should leave the single market or currency union, crash into the WTO without trade … Continue reading The Brexiteers turn on the plebs(image)

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Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Murdered ScriptNick Cohenholmes

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:23:51 +0000

The Spectator 3 January 2017 In the first days of January ‘17, the Arctic air frosted over London forcing even the most careless citizen of that metropolis to accept the mastery of those great elemental forces which shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation. Holmes would not move from his fire, and was … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Murdered Script(image)

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Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhereNick Cohenrussia

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:16:08 +0000

The Observer, 7 January 2016 Nationalism always breaks its promises because nationalists hate enemies in their countries more than they hate the enemies of their countries. Millions of American conservatives proved it when they voted for Donald Trump, even though he was an open admirer of a hostile foreign power. Local hatreds, not national security, … Continue reading Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere(image)

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