Emmanuel Macron’s achievement is immense. His rise to the French presidency was remarkable to watch, transforming from an unknown former economy minister into Europe’s youngest head of state, and the youngest French leader since Napoleon. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: June 2017
Living in an Age of Extremity
We used to live in uninteresting times, as much as that can ever be said.
Things did not seem to happen. And if they did happen, they happened to other people. The rest of life and the business of living passed easily, dreamily, and the world was always at arm’s length. Continue reading
Review – The New Philistines: How Identity Politics Disfigure the Arts by Sohrab Ahmari
Identity politics, that very modern ideological constellation, with its fixation on race, class and gender, has migrated from academia into the arts. Queer theory, feminist readings, post-colonial studies – all these have carved out significant positions at the heart of the art world. Many artists and ‘creatives’ aspire to these doctrines; they increasingly govern the propagation of culture as well as new criticism of canonical art. Such things matter more than could be expected. Continue reading
After an Election Victory, Emmanuel Macron’s Foreign Outlook Is Hardening
Emmanuel Macron has a difficult task ahead of him.
The new French president is stellar in many ways. Continue reading