And even those we despise must have it. Read my piece for Spiked here.
As a natural optimist, I sometimes wonder if it is wiser to be more pessimistic. Especially when it comes to politics.
Though, I am still not sure whether that means expecting that anything bad could happen or that few good things can.
One lesson I have learned well is not to put too much faith in the promises of politicians. Anyone who does will be disappointed, as they are bound to break them. Read More…
We’ll be taking a short break. We’ll be back on the 10th of April. See you then.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Imagine Athena won’t be back until the 19th of April. Sorry for the wait. We’ll return soon.
“I think it’s terribly important to insist on individual values.”
Acclaimed author and free thinker Aldous Huxley on the importance of thinking for yourself and not succumbing to groupthink.
Much has been made in recent months of the so-called “generation snowflake”. This is hardly surprising given the disproportionate role of millennials in re-shaping social and political norms in frankly sinister ways; the destruction of free expression and open conversation on university campuses; the championing of censorship, the anti-science impulses that run through gender-identity movements; and the segregationist attitude to identity in general. To be clear from the outset, I am always against the demonization of people just for the membership of a generation or age-group – I always found the stereotyping of Generation X as feckless and nihilistic or Generation X’s own loathing of baby-boomers distasteful. I was disgusted by the hatred directed at the elderly following the Brexit vote and I recognise that there are many millennials who are extremely frustrated by the attitudes of their peers. Be that as it may, generation snowflake, as a description of an attitudinal subset of millennials, is somewhat apt and warrants further analysis. Read More…
On the Imagine Athena podcast I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, one of my go-to writers and thinkers.
We discussed how simplistic moral narratives are used in political discourse to conceal harder, more complex truths about the world.
Did Britain really attain the victory it set out to in WW2? Is Britain’s relationship with the US a lot more adversarial than the two countries like to admit? And can Trump really make America great again?
The two books he mentions in the podcast are The Deluge by Adam Tooze and The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
The Imagine Athena Podcast is also available on iTunes.
Candice Holdsworth speaks to Thor Holt of the Write With Courage podcast. They discussed why the mainstream media got two of the biggest political events of our time – Trump and Brexit – so very wrong.
Many are now saying that the mainstream media is slowly dying. What will replace it?
Facebook, for instance, is beginning to increasingly dominate content production online. Thor makes some very salient points about why that should concern us.
Read my latest piece for Spiked: Little Girls Can’t Be Feminist Icons.
Professor Jordan B. Peterson on why sunlight and air is the best disinfectant for hateful speech:
“You want to drive the people who hate underground?
We know what happens, psychologically, when you do that. It’s a very bad idea. Anything you drive underground thrives. It thrives.
It partly thrives because it isn’t even allowed to express itself. And then it festers and turns into hatred that far exceeds the original. The idea that you make society safe by not letting horrible people say terrible things is not a good proposition.”