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After the cryptocrash

The cacophonous collapse of FTX is the soundtrack of one economic era giving way to another

By Spectator Editorial

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Business

How Big Philanthropy became Big Grift

Effective Altruism is ultimately rooted in saviorism

By Leighton Woodhouse

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Business

The great anti-ESG backlash

Inside the campaign to get politics out of investing

By Oliver Wiseman

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Education

How parents are learning to fight for their children’s education

The parental rights movement isn’t going away — and they’re getting better at organizing

By Amber Athey

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Politics

The liberal-conservative tug of war for the GOP

The party faces a choice between its nationalist and liberal wings

By Daniel McCarthy

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Culture

A junkie’s pride

I first quit a substance at the tender age of nineteen, when heroin brought me to my knees

By Bridget Phetasy

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Crime

Why Eric Adams has failed to control crime

The New York mayor has been in office a year. A sense of unease still pervades the five boroughs

By Charles Fain Lehman

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Politics

Why globalism is the enemy of freedom

Like The Wizard of Oz, it is all show and no substance

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

Randi Weingarten isn’t going anywhere

I’m pretty sure that nobody I observed on November 7 was ready to give up fighting. Not Randi Weingarten, of course

By John R. MacArthur

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Politics

Will Republicans learn from the midterms?

Trump promised they’d get tired of winning, but at this point they’re tired of losing

By Ben Domenech

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Science & Tech

The Greeks’ curiosity extended far beyond the cerebral

What they would have given to be alive today!

By Peter Jones

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Culture

An ode to smoking

2022, I decided, would be my year of the cigarette

By Kara Kennedy

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Culture

Dry January is cruel

The season for porters, stouts, red ales, Bailey’s, eggnog and brandy is the bleak midwinter

By Matt Purple

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Culture

Speaking truth to antisemitism

Jews are a unique group. We have been chased around for millennia

By Jesse Singal

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Culture

The Lone Star State’s new poker boom

The Texas formula is getting ready to go nationwide

By Neal Pollack

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Politics

Why Don should make way for Ron

The GOP can still make 2024 their year

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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International

Edward Luttwak, the uncontained strategist

He is a product — and the embodiment — of twentieth-century conflict

By David Patrikarakos

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Books + Arts

Books

The return of Bret Easton Ellis

The American Psycho and Less Than Zero author discusses his first novel in thirteen years

By Elle Nash

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Books

The publishing mega-merger that wasn’t

Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster have failed to merge

By Alexander Larman

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Books

The spy who loved me

Suleika Dawson’s account of her affair with novelist John le Carré has caused controversy. But she is unrepentant

By Brice Stratford

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Book Review

Stephen Amidon’s day of the locust

A new novel explores the lengths communities will go to protect their own

By Philip Womack

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Book Review

Bob Dylan’s tower of song

The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan reviewed

By Anne Margaret Daniel

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Book Review

Was the Queen Mother ever really funny?

Do Let’s Have Another Drink!: The Dry Wit and Fizzy Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Gareth Russell reviewed

By Harry Mount

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Theater

An ingloriously dumb adaptation

Almost Famous fails to make the jump from screen to stage

By Robert S. Erickson

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Exhibitions

Edward Hopper’s America

The popular perception of the loneliness in the painter’s work could not be more wrong

By William Newton

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Film

Cleopatra still dazzles sixty years later

The film is, above all, an Elizabeth Taylor-worshipping vehicle

By Art Tavana

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Life

And Finally

What do Ukrainians mean when they say they’ve liberated a ‘settlement?’

We learn about Ukraine through this war in a way most of us would not have done otherwise

By Dot Wordsworth

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High Life

The golden age of motor sport

Along with many other things, dashing, death-defying racing drivers are no more

By Taki

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Low Life

I dropped a morphine capsule in my Moscow Mule

Would it provide the mental lift-off necessary to enjoy our restaurant outing?

By Jeremy Clarke

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London Life

The other cancel culture

Like the cancel culture of the woke, the cancel culture of friendship is made possible by technology

By Cosmo Landesman

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American Life

Voting with a vengeance

An act that I have perversely enjoyed for most of my life lost much of its luster a score of years ago

By Bill Kauffman

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Prejudices

The left’s politics of catastrophe

Running our lives is the sort of project to which fallen humanity is unsuited

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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And Finally

The history of Woolrich jackets

The company now caters to hip commuters, with an ‘outdoor heart, urban spirit’ tagline

By Teresa Mull

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Place

Place

Self-preservation in Sweden and Denmark

The trip grew from my preoccupation with two Nordic lifestyle concepts currently in vogue: Swedish lagom and Danish hygge

By Amy Rose Everett

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Place

‘Country collectors’ go to war over Ukraine

The close-knit, extreme-travel community is divided over the conflict

By Dave Seminara

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Food + Drink

Food

Japanese food is overrated

Taken too far, Japanese food culture can seem precious, pretentious and sterile

By Philip Patrick

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Drink

The comfort of drinking at Lucy’s

I once said when it closes, it’ll be time to leave New York. That was seventeen years ago

By Chadwick Moore

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Drink

Buried treasures of the Broadmoor

Spencer Penrose’s Colorado paradise makes the case for booze

By Sean Thomas

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Drink

The best mocktails for Dry January

Non-drinkers have more interesting options these days

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Drink

The thrill of bourbon collecting is in the chase

There was once a time when a man would find a bourbon he liked and stick with it. Today, that is no longer sufficient

By Rich Cromwell

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Drink

Saintly succor

Today, St. Émilion is home to some of the most luscious and delectable red wines in Bordeaux

By Roger Kimball

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