CapX

Don’t listen to actors off stage

CapX

Actors, thought Samuel Johnson, were “no better than creatures set upon tables and joint-stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs”. The dyspeptic doctor liked to say things for effect but, on this occasion, he was drawing on a lengthy classical tradition that saw acting as a form of professionalised deceit or moral...

Washington Examiner

The civil war has begun

Washington Examiner

In one of those eerie coincidences, the day of the Charlie Hebdo atrocity saw the publication of a novel by the grumpy French intellectual Michel Houellebecq (pronounced Wellbeck). Entitled Submission, it envisioned a charismatic candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood winning the French presidency in 2022 and, in coalition with the other parties, gradually taking over...

AECR

The Schengen tragedy of the common

AECR

Schengen is failing. The EU’s flagship policy that allowed for the free-movement of people within the EU’s borders is unravelling at the seams. When Angela Merkel announced that Germany would welcome all that sought refuge at its border in September 2015, the move was celebrated as a sign of Germany’s progressive leadership. Today, the reality...

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