Sometimes a scandal is not just a scandal, but a biopsy of a society. So it is with the assault on Sir Roger Scruton, who in recent weeks has been smeared in the media, fired by the government and had…
SJW mob shames debut Young Adult novelist into withdrawing her novel, surrendering her dream
Niall GoochWhat with this, and that insane story about Humber Police telling a man off for thinking the wrong thoughts, I think scepticism about the extent of the erosion of free speech is becoming harder to sustain.
Some Reflections on John Ford's film 'The Searchers'
Niall GoochSome of the best posts on Peter Hitchens' blog arise from his watching a film or reading a book & setting down some thoughts provoked by it. Here "The Searchers" gets him thinking about the ethnic cleansing of the American West's original inhabitants.
I could probably pass for a member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, if I had to spend an evening undercover at Tate Modern for a Gilbert...
Niall GoochWell. New blogpost, by me: "Somewhere, Anywhere, Leave, Remain: Thoughts between two stools". Long-winded and self-indulgent exploration of how & why I straddle the new divides in politics.
John Finnis’s views may be odious, but removing the Oxford law professor will only encourage further discrimination
Niall GoochI wonder if left-liberals who begin their defence of conservatives' academic freedom with rote denunciations of the individuals in question as bad people ever consider that they might be part of the problem.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has repeated remarks about race and intelligence.
Niall GoochI think what really strikes me about this story is the sheer pointless cruelty of it: bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-… Stripping an old man, seemingly one in bad health and in considerable cognitive decline, of his honours for reasons of political cowardice.
The Catholic Church says it is stuck in a Catch-22 and cannot even give away the A-listed building.
Niall GoochThis place reminds me quite strongly of the V-rocket launch sites in Belgium. The RAF used specially-adapted Lancasters to drop 10,000lb Tallboy bombs on them, and I don't think we should rule that out.
One of the most curious features of life under political liberalism—for present purposes, the doctrine that the central task of politics is to promote individual autonomy and to secure its precondi…
Niall GoochReturning to @avermeule and liberalism, this is a good piece by him on liberalism's anti-political and hence inhuman tendencies.
Niall GoochSumption is very wary of the kind of human rights jurisprudence that seeks to remove ever more issues from the political realm. His argument reminded me of this Adrian Vermeule piece, which criticises liberalism's anti-political tendencies.
A prominent strand in defenses of “classical liberalism” is the suggestion that there is no necessary transition from classical liberalism (understood to be good) to progressive liberalism (understood to be bad). Yes, to be sure, liberals may betray...
Niall GoochRe last RT, this post by @avermeule, considering some questions in the debate over whether liberalism necessarily deteriorates over time, is worth reading.
Niall GoochI sympathise with the bishops here but by definition there is *always* going to be a hierarchy of rights. Politics is mostly hammering out trade-offs of rights, & progressives are not interested in recognising those of traditional Christian believers.