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SUICIDE OF THE WEST

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

WHAT IS DIFFERENT FROM 2006? In 2006 former Culture Minister Chris Smith and I argued that the West was in danger of committing suicide, but the jury was still out.  “Down one road, the road currently bearing more traffic, lies cynicism, unmitigated selfishness, indifference, re-centralization and aggression … Down the other road lies a recovery of our nerve – confidence in ourselves and our...

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SUICIDE OF THE WEST

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

THE KOCH-SMITH VERSION Last time we peeked at the Jonah Goldberg version of Suicide of the West.  Now it’s time for the version of the same title published thirteen years ago by myself and Chris Smith, the former Labour Culture Minister and now the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. What is striking is the similarity of message, though of course the words and reasoning are different.  Lord...

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SUICIDE OF THE WEST

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

THE JONAH GOLDBERG VERSION In 2006, Chris Smith, former British Culture Minister and now The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, and I published Suicide of the West.  In this post I look at the same title published in 2018 by Jonah Goldberg.  It’s a fine book and I hope you will read it.  To whet your appetite – and in case you are sadly too busy to read a wide-ranging, discursive, fat book – I’ve...

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SHOULD WE GIVE UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

SHOULD WE GIVE UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

The question came into my mind just now when reading some words written in 1944 from a Nazi prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Where self-respect is abandoned, where the feeling for human quality and the power of reserve decay, chaos is at the door.  Where impudence is tolerated for the sake of material comfort, self-respect is abandoned, the flood-gates are opened … That is a crime against...

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SUPERIOR STRATEGY = DIFFERENT STRATEGY

SUPERIOR STRATEGY = DIFFERENT STRATEGY

One of the pleasures of being an author who’s written several books is that you can occasionally go back and re-read previous works, and, if they are any good, it’s really surprising how much you can teach yourself!  Today I picked up a book of mine I haven’t re-read for ages – it’s called Smart Strategy, and even though I say so myself, it’s quite fun! This post concentrates on an early section...

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AN OLDIE & SHORTY BUT GOODY: THE VON MANSTEIN MATRIX

AN OLDIE & SHORTY BUT GOODY: THE VON MANSTEIN MATRIX

“There are only four types of officer.  First, there are the lazy, stupid ones.  Leave them alone – they do no harm.  Second, there are the hard-working intelligent ones.  They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered.  Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones.  These people are a menace and must be fired at once.  They create irrelevant work for...

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