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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
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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.
In the latest Imagine Athena podcast Candice Holdsworth speaks to Robin Gilbert-Jones about post-truth, fake news and political correctness.
Robin makes the compelling point, using the example of George Orwell, as well as the recent death of Fidel Castro, that the idea of “post-truth” is not unique to our time at all.
Earlier this week a deeply unpleasant video emerged, which showed a group of white nationalists praising Donald Trump whilst throwing nazi salutes.
It serves as an ugly reminder of just how awful racialised politics is. We live in an era in which identity politics is ascendant. It dominates public discourse. From both ends of the political spectrum we get victimhood narratives and identity obsession, with one side fuelling the other.
It is very important that we move beyond the divisive and damaging politics of polarization.
When you try to play the game of identity politics, no one wins. You just leave a toxic legacy for future generations to have to deal with.
For those of us who are opposed to political correctness, language policing and identity politics, we cannot – in the words of Christopher Hitchens – allow the extremist tail to wag the whole dog.
The solution to poisonous identity politics is not more identity politics.
Let’s hope, instead, for an outbreak of common sense.
In this week’s Imagine Athena podcast Candice Holdsworth spoke to Robin Gilbert-Jones, contributing editor to Imagine Athena, about the identity politics of the Regressive Left in the time of Donald Trump, and she also reflects on the identity politics of the far right.
On the Imagine Athena podcast we interviewed five different people, from all over the world, who are pleased that Donald Trump won the US election.
Not all of them would have necessarily voted for him and their reasons varied, but the one common theme that did emerge is that they felt his victory to be a powerful strike against the Regressive Left, so-called “social justice” and identity politics. You may disagree with them, but it’s important that you listen to what they have to say
In the Imagine Athena podcast we interview the well-known American political journalist Cathy Young. We discuss antisemitic memes and how the political correctness, intolerance and identity politics of the regressive Left is giving rise to the new identity politics of the Right. We also talk about the US election and Young argues that now more than ever we need to stand up for free expression and individual liberty.