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Locked Down then Locked out

Locked Down then Locked Out by Ilana Mercer AS A COINAGE GOES, DEEP TECH is superior to the term Big-Tech. It better captures the deforming power and tentacular reach into state and civil society of the high-tech monopolists. That reach … Continue reading

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Mendicant Order

Mendicant Order by Bill Hartley There is a large restaurant in Leeds city centre and at the side of the building is a fire escape. The doors to the fire escape are blocked and given the prominent location it might … Continue reading

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MAGA Patriots, in the House

MAGA Patriots, in the House by Ilana Mercer Why repeat hackneyed phrases about annus horribilis 2020? Recall the opening paragraph of “A Tale of Two Cities,” by Charles Dickens. Interspersed in that epical introduction are countervailing, sweetness-and-light words. Excise these—and … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, January 2021

ENDNOTES, January 2021 In this edition: Stuart Millson’s Wagner The twilight of the gods, the violence and feuds of the great characters of The Ring Cycle, the exploits of knights and Die Meistersinger of mediaeval Nuremberg – these are some of … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story by ILANA MERCER Described by one critic as “one of those rare movies you can say is perfect in every way,” “A Christmas Story,” directed by Bob Clark, debuted in 1983. Set in the 1940s, the film … Continue reading

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Why Israel isn’t Racist

Why Israel isn’t Racist by Ilana Mercer The Jewish State, by definition, rejects some and welcomes others into the fold. In “Is Israel Racist?”, a reply to an anti-Semitic interviewer (he bailed), the emphasis was on demonstrating why Israel’s particularism … Continue reading

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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage William Hartley mourns inconsistency Extracts from John Watson’s Journal, April 19th/20th 1771; “This morning about seven o’ clock I set forward with Thomas Dodds in order to take four of the deserted men which (by information) now … Continue reading

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The Gods of Ancient Greece

The Gods of Ancient Greece Albert Henrichs, Greek Myth and Religion: Collected Papers II, Ed., Harvey Yunis, De Gruyter, 2019, Pp.i-xxxvi, 1-606, reviewed by DARRELL SUTTON Albert Henrichs (1942-2017), Eliot Professor of Greek Literature at Harvard University, was unselfish with … Continue reading

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Is Israel Racist? Part 1

Is Israel Racist? Part 1 Ilana Mercer gives chapter and verse Some months ago, a gentleman who pens anti-Semitic tracts approached me for an interview. I agreed. Being a naïve methodological individualist, I never generalize about individuals. That my interlocutor … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, December 2020

ENDNOTES, December 2020 In this edition: opera arias sung by Ermonela Jaho, Art of the Mandolin, choral music from Keble College, Oxford and Clifton Cathedral. Reviewed by STUART MILLSON We bid farewell to 2020, the year of Coronavirus in which our … Continue reading

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