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The Pillars of Transgender Medicine are Shaking

Recent studies have exposed the flimsiness of much of the evidence.  Can you really be transgender at four years old? Matthew Stubbings, and wife Klara Jeynes, both 44, from the English city of Doncaster, believe so. Their “son” Stormy was born as a girl named Emerald. However, from 18 months Emerald identified as a boy like […]

Parents need to create alternatives to politically correct education

Parents are starting to push back. Here’s what we should do to empower them. More parents are waking up to the “woke” ideology that is seeping into their children’s classrooms and curriculum. Increasingly, they are speaking up and opting out. Last week, Andrew Gutmann, a father of a student at the elite, US$54,000-a-year Brearley School […]

YouTube purges Florida Governor video for ‘Covid-19 medical misinformation’

  Who has the authority to declare a ‘scientific consensus’? At what point does Big Tech’s authority extend too far? Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose state has faced the challenge of covid-19 considerably well despite media criticism, had a video removed by YouTube for allegedly spreading “medical misinformation”. DeSantis had hosted a roundtable discussion in a video […]

How Political Correctness Captured Big Business

Rather than staying neutral in the culture wars, major companies have hitched their brands to one side of a contentious political divide. How did corporate America, long considered one of the most conservative American institutions, become a lead protagonist in a culture war over all manner of progressive activism? We now have a routine spectacle […]

Justice Thomas Calls For Regulation Of Big Tech

In a thoughtful comment, the Supreme Court justice asks why Twitter can deny the President of the United States his right to free speech. Back in 2017, Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute sued President Donald Trump for blocking seven of his followers. Apparently they had criticised him, and the thin-skinned owner of the @realDonaldTrump […]

Orwell, Atheism, and Totalitarianism

The very real controversies of America’s 2021 have conjured up the fictional dystopia of George Orwell’s 1984. The right condemns Big Tech as an incipient Big Brother—surveying citizens and suppressing disapproved thought. The left replies that Donald Trump is the true Orwellian threat. After all, he lies! These spirited disagreements conceal an important consensus. Most Americans […]

A Detailed History of Political Conservatism

James Bradshaw reviews Conservatism: The Fight for a Tradition, by Edmund Fawcett. Edmund Fawcett’s Conservatism: The Fight for a Tradition was published last October, and follows on from his 2015 work: Liberalism: the Life of an Idea. Fawcett has had a glittering career in journalism, writing for The Economist for several decades, where he served as the chief correspondent in Washington, Paris, […]

Covid-19 Responses Have Been Consistently Callous

Science decided that love means staying away, masking up and awaiting the vaccine. From the very outset of the Covid-19 lockdowns — a year ago now — something odd, if not sinister seemed afoot. How quickly the repetitive messaging came from all quarters to quarantine the healthy: “because we’re all in this together”! A minority, […]

VIDEO: Friends, let’s fix ‘cancel culture’ — Some ideas on how you can fight back

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be familiar with the new craze sweeping the West as the 2020s unfold, known as “cancel culture”. The more this phenomenon grows, the more the label risks being misapplied. Cancel culture isn’t just anything, however: it follows a very recognisable pattern. First, someone with public profile […]

Are there ‘ex-gays’? Milo Yiannopoulos says ‘Yes’ and he should know

The flamboyant gay activist speaks out in favour of ‘conversion therapy’. The flamboyant gay activist Milo Yiannopoulos made headlines this week. The conservative British polemicist and writer says that he is now an “ex-gay”. The news was overshadowed by the hullabaloo over a couple of other Brits who were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. Yiannopoulos is not as […]

If Critical Race Theory turns everything into race, isn’t it racist?

An unpleasant incident at an elite US women’s college shows the danger of trusting feelings over facts. Last week the New York Times resurfaced a notorious racial profiling incident that took place in 2018 at Smith College, in Northhampton, Massachusetts. The story has struck a chord globally because of the light it sheds on the race struggle underway in the […]

The grim rise of ‘hate studies’

Intellectual sanity requires monitoring the first signs of destructive idiocy. The toxic ideas that have corrupted today’s universities all began as tiny, obscure musings before escaping from the laboratories. They may have started with an unpublished paper or two, a request for modest institutional funding, or an informal discussion group. Eventually, they earn a panel […]

Are lockdowns one of the most catastrophic policy errors of the century?

In many countries, there has been a systematic and mandatory paralysis of schooling, work, leisure, and mobility. When respected scientific experts sitting on prestigious governmental advisory committees warned citizens early last year that the only way to protect themselves against Covid-19 was to shut down their businesses and stay at home until public health officials […]

Facebook Stomps On Small Publishers

This is personal. Facebook’s bullyboy tactics could crush MercatorNet. Facebook unfriended all of Australia last week. Locked in a battle with the Federal government over legislation which would force it to pay for links to news publications, it wiped Australian news sources from viewer’s feeds. So when you checked your Facebook feed on February 18, […]