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The Madness of King Donald

The Madness of King Donald

  • July 31, 2017
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Even by the wild standards of what may well be the most deranged individual ever to inhabit the White House, Donald Trump has had a remarkable week.   In the space of five working days he has:

publicly humiliated the admittedly creepy attorney general he himself appointed suggested that immigrants are criminals who cut up the bodies of...
The World According to Bono

The World According to Bono

  • April 15, 2016
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I’ve got  nothing against famous people getting involved in politics or embracing political causes.  On the contrary, there’s no reason why the accident of fame and the weird cult of celebrity-worship that comes with it should place anyone above politics  or preclude celebrities from taking moral and political positions on issues that they feel strongly...

Through a Davos Darkly

Through a Davos Darkly

  • January 25, 2014
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The world looks different from Davos.   Its lofty snow-covered peaks invite reflection and contemplation,   as Hans Castorp, the protagonist of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain once found, when he went to a clinic there to recuperate from tuberculosis and found himself part of a spiritual elite serenely contemplating a European civilization that was...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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