The Referendum: A Reply to A.C. Grayling

David McDonagh

[The philosopher A.C. Grayling has demanded that Parliament should ignore the result of the Referendum on Membership of the European Union.]

The aim of the EU was to destroy the UK, so pulling out of the EU is dodging UK suicide.

If I favoured the warmongering EU [which I never did but always held it in hatred] I would never say it was good for the UK as that is very clearly false. Its aim is a new nation where the UK is broken up as zones of the new super-state. Continue reading


Donald Trump and English Patriotism

Donald Trump and English Patriotism:
An Unexpected Wrinkle
by Sean Gabb
(14th November 2016)

The election last week of Donald Trump took nearly everyone by surprise. For some of us, it was a moment of joy, for others a terrible shock. I was in the first category. The British Government was in the second. From Theresa May downward, the Ministers had spent a year heaping scorn on Mr Trump. The scale and nature of their insults will not be quickly forgotten. Their earliest punishment appears to be that they have been told to approach Mr Trump only through Nigel Farage. I have no doubt there will be other humiliations. Continue reading

Yesterday’s Real Loser: Totalitarian Humanism (Keith Preston)

Keith Preston

Contrary to what many people are no doubt thinking, Trump’s victory does not appear to be a victory of the Right over the Left, racism over anti-racism, or social conservatism over social liberalism (or libertarianism). When various local and regional elections, as well as referendums, are examined, and when the demographic breakdown of the results of the presidential election is analyzed, a somewhat different picture emerges. Consider these facts: Continue reading

A Word on Psephology

Nigel Meek

Memo to the polling companies in both the USA and UK. Perhaps if more of your employees were other than Guardian or New York Times reading urban hipsters then you might not constantly overcount – even if only by a few percentage points – whatever the “progressive liberal” choice is in any given election or referendum.

Like the people at the Heterodox Academy say about the same corrosive phenomenon in the academic social sciences – and without any suggestion of actual fraud – if you spend your time in an ideological and social bubble surrounded by people who think as you do then it must at some level warp your perception of reality. If, in the British context, you perhaps know no-one at all who voted Brexit, or who supports the Conservatives let alone UKIP, or who reads the Daily Mail or Sun or Express – and moreover you actively despise such people – then your view of the world and your judgements about the data that you’re collecting are unlikely to be accurate. You’re “finding” what you expect to find.

God Bless Ilana

Our own Ilana Mercer was one of Mr Trump’s earliest and most vocal and consistent supporters. When he announced he would run for election, and when she immediately went into drum majorette mode, I thought she had gone a little funny in the head. Here was a businessman and television personality, trying to break into the closed shop of American politics. I thought Ilana was funny in the head, and I thought Mr Trump a bit of a joke. Continue reading

¿Todos norteamericanos ahora?

Source: ¿Todos norteamericanos ahora?

Para mí -y creo que para muchos otros- las elecciones presidenciales norteamericanas han sido una repetición del referéndum europeo. Me fui a la cama con una leve esperanza. La cobertura de la BBC de los resultados estaba repleta de un ligero derrumbamiento del optimismo del establishment. Me desperté y encendí la computadora, para mirar las mismas caras conmocionadas como el pasado mes de junio. Es demasiado pronto para decir con certeza si ha ganado, pero parece que Donald Trump será el próximo presidente de Estados Unidos. Continue reading

All Americans Now?

All Americans Now?
By Sean Gabb
(9th November 2016)

For me – and I think for many others – the American presidential election has been a repeat of the European Referendum. I went to bed with a faint hope. The BBC coverage of the results was filled with faintly crumbling Establishment optimism. I woke and turned on the computer, to look at the same shocked faces as last June. It is too early to say for sure if he has won, but it does seem that Donald Trump will be the next President of America. Continue reading