Religion | Politics

How Terrorists Are Creating a New Language

I have been stalking members of the terrorist group Tawheed Network (formerly al-Muhajiroun). I have spied on them over the Internet, and heard much gossip about them in my neighborhood of Bury Park, Luton. Unfortunately, I have uncovered something disturbing. The local jihadis have been cautious since December 2015, when their leader Istiak Alamgir was arrested. They […]

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Religion | Politics

Same-Sex Marriage: A Case for “Yes”

In its recent decision, the High Court of Australia cleared the way for a voluntary survey of the electorate to gauge community support for same-sex marriage. I don’t defend this idea: a voluntary survey is an unreliable instrument at best, and in any event providing for same-sex marriage is an issue that could be settled […]

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Culture | Media

The Curious Case of Jordan Peterson

Few have reigned as steady and strong a champion of free speech as well as an opponent of political correctness as University of Toronto professor of psychology, Jordan Peterson. Over the years he has attracted a host of followers in his crusade against identity politics, postmodernism, and campus orthodoxy. Additionally he has been able to earn an impressively high honorarium through […]

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Culture | Media

George Orwell Would Dislike You, Me, and Our Opinions

There is no historical figure — with the exception, perhaps, of Jesus Christ — whose legacy ideologues are keener to appropriate than that of Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. The author of Animal Farm and 1984 is claimed by propagandists of the left and right as an ideological predecessor. “Orwell’s legacy,” writes Lee Wengraf of the Socialist Worker, “Is our […]

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Science | Tech

Finger Size Does Matter… In Sports

Examine your fingers. Which is longer? Is it the index finger (the finger you use to point with — technically the second digit, or 2D, counting the thumb), or the ring finger (the fourth digit, or 4D)? The relative length of the index and ring fingers is known as the digit ratio or the 2D:4D. […]

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Religion | Politics

The Textual Roots of Islamic Violence

We’re all familiar with the routine by now. A terrorist attack occurs. Hours later, the world learns the identity of the attacker (or, the identities of the attackers). Then comes the inevitable question, “What was the motive for the attack?” Sometimes a general consensus is quickly reached. Few disagree, for instance, that Anders Breivik was […]

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Review

The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline

It is in the nature of things that they should rise and fall. The tide that laps against the coasts of the United States, from sea to shining sea, rises, falls. And so it is with empires, nations, peoples. “Complain not when you are cast down upon the wheel of fortune, for soon enough you […]

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