James Bowman


Geography Lessons

Just as the media denies their own biases, other branches of the elite deny the obvious truths surrounding them. One feels something close to despair that the public’s trust in their rulers, official or unofficial, can ever be restored.

Twilight of the Unwoke Guys

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that what we are seeing lately is the media’s attempt to use their own #MeToo narrative to correct the Bill’n’Monica narrative so as to avoid any blame to themselves or the responsibility that any truly “evenhanded” treatment would see as falling on them for the scandal-culture that has taken over our political life.

The Progressive Advocacy of Tribal Honor

The alternative to a world of nations is not the benign “globalisation” that was a by-product of the end of the Cold War and now looks, in retrospect, like a Golden Age. It is a reversion to the more feral and primitive version of honor which preceded the emergence of the modern nation-state.

Yet It Does Fly

If the midterm election were a referendum on President Trump, it is far from easy to tell what its verdict was.

Lubitsch in Our Day

Recent reappraisals err by judging director Ernst Lubitsch by the standards of the wrong era.

Civil Was

We have been put on notice that whenever and wherever Democrats are once again entrusted with power, they may be expected to use it without restraint against their political enemies.

Quid Est Veritas?

In the pages of our once great newspapers, argument has given way to assertion, policy to scandal, hard news to gossip and speculation, and observation of political life to participation in it — with the result that there can be few people on either side of the political divide who any longer expect news to be the stock-in-trade of the news media.

Constituting Truth

When a political culture ceases to value truth for its own sake instead of its political utility, it breaks down into violent or quasi-violent partisanship.

Paradise Recycled

The lives of 19th-century utopians were more interesting than the utopias they imagined.

Hungry like the Wolf

The purveyors of fake news turn out to be willing customers for fake jokes.