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Crumbling Wall ROBERT HENDERSON

Crumbling Wall ROBERT HENDERSON compares and contrasts two revealing films about high finance Wall Street (!987) Director Oliver Stone The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Director Martin Scorsese Twenty six years lie between Wall Street and The Wolf of Wall … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave – narcoleptic agitprop

12 Years a Slave – narcoleptic agitprop ROBERT HENDERSON finds the much-hyped film simultaneously tendentious and plodding 12 Years a Slave (12YAS) is dull, very very dull. The plot trudges from one banally brutal or degrading episode to the next, … Continue reading

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Her – a warning from the future

Her ROBERT HENDERSON watches a warning from the future Very occasionally a film addresses a serious philosophical question without being pretentious or earnest. For example,  Groundhog Day examines the utility of morality when actions have no consequences with a good … Continue reading

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PERSPECTIVE – Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom Dir: Justin Chadwick, Cert 12A, 146 min ROBERT HENDERSON watches the much-hyped Mandela biopic There are two films currently on release with a very high PC approbation quotient: 12 Years a Slave and Mandela: A Long … Continue reading

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Dimocracy

Dimocracy Democracy and Political Ignorance – Why Smaller Government is Smarter Ilya Somin, Stanford University Press, 2013, 280pp ROBERT HENDERSON is unimpressed by an earnest screed against uninformed politics Does the ignorance of voters matter in a system of representative … Continue reading

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The liberal lies we live by

The liberal lies we live by ROBERT HENDERSON finds that a wise and salutary debunking of liberal myths is itself partly infected The Liberal Delusion John Marsh, Arena Books, £12.99 “Is Western society based on a mistake?” asks John Marsh … Continue reading

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Making the going good for getting Out

Making the going good for getting Out ROBERT HENDERSON suggests some ways in which the No side can maximize its chances of winning the referendum on EU membership Amidst all the confusion and excitement of bringing about a referendum on … Continue reading

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Colour (and culture) clashes

Colour (and culture) clashes ROBERT HENDERSON reviews a global survey of racial and cultural confrontations Ethnic Conflicts Tatu Vanhanen, Ulster Institute for Public Research, 326 pps, £23 hb, £18 pb This is not a book designed for easy bedtime reading. It is … Continue reading

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Rational national limits

Rational national limits ROBERT HENDERSON considers the case for maintaining nation states The Significance of Borders – Why Representative Government and the Rule of Law Require Nation States Thierry Baudet, Brill, 2012 This a frustrating book. Its subject is of … Continue reading

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