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Jonathan Haidt, Jordan Peterson and the 'social justice' institution
I just wanted to flag up this fascinating conversation between the public psychologists Jonathan Haidt and Jordan Peterson on 'the perilous state of the university' and draw out some parallels with my work on diversity and institutions in  The Tribe . Jorda...
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One of my favourite lines is from the Russian writer Mikhail
Bakhtin: “My voice gives the illusion of unity to what I say.” I reckon you could write a book on that sentence alone.
There is so much in it and so much it can be applied to. It immediately makes...
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On Boris, burqas and the quest for unity
One of my favourite lines is from the Russian writer
Mikhail Bakhtin: “My voice gives
the illusion of unity to what I say.” I reckon you could write a book on that sentence alone. There
is so much in it and so much it can be applied to. It immediately makes...
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The role of identity politics in the Remainer Revolt
There is a new piece of mine up on the Briefings for Brexit website: 'The role of identity politics in the Remainer Revolt'. Click  here  to read.
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On mass immigration as a phenomenon
While writing The Tribe I found two of my main interests, in the existential background to life and in
mass immigration as a phenomenon, fusing and coming together in ways that I am
still exploring and finding interesting. I think this coming-together has h...
On mass immigration as a phenomenon
On mass immigration as a phenomenon
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My book: what's it all about?
My book, The Tribe: the liberal-left and the system of diversity , is being published on 1st of July, so not long to go now. Last week a courier dropped off my copies - showing this thing  that has been dominating my life for the past few years in physical ...
My book: what's it all about?
My book: what's it all about?
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The power of identity politics
“The strong cannot help confronting; the less strong cannot
help evading.”                                                               Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time One of the core themes of my forthcoming book The Tribe is the remarkable power that ce...
The power of identity politics
The power of identity politics
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The end of Britain/the end of democracy?
In 1999, the conservative commentator Peter Hitchens
published a book called ' The Abolition of Britain ' that described the constitutional changes taking
place under Tony Blair's first government as a 'slow motion coup d'état'.  I haven't read the book mys...
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A few thoughts on human 'rights'
When we hear activists talk about how we or they or some particular people have 'a right' to something, it can sound a little perplexing. On one hand, it sounds nice that people have a right to the good things of life, like security, freedom, material rewar...
A few thoughts on human 'rights'
A few thoughts on human 'rights'
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Corbyn and anti-Semitism: the whole of Labour is to blame, including 'moderates'
I must say I have found it a little strange seeing so many 'moderate' Labour MPs and activists getting angry about anti-Semitism in the party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. Where was this anger and upset during two leadership elections which re-elected C...
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