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Paul Hirst

Born on this date. If only more self-avowed lefties had the integrity of Paul Hirst, then things could be really interesting. Here are a few obituaries: European Political Science, Industry and Innovation, and The Times. Marxismpaul hirstpolitical sociologysocialism

Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class

Given the top-notch endorsements from names of the calibre of Eric Kaufmann, Douglas Murray and Maurice Glasman, I’m very much looking forward to this read. Though written from within the British context, I fully expect that much of what Paul has to say will have salience to the US, Canada and other places besides. See Paul…

No Patrimony

Here’s the very excellent Frank Furedi who has this new piece in First Things and who, is of course, a regular contributor to the ecumenical and well-named Spiked. Now what is especially interesting about Frank is that he reminds me a great deal of Paul Hirst and another decent chap, Jerry Cohen. As the Guardian obituary says of Paul, he…

It was the third of September

Some powerful social commentary from 44 years ago, possibly the greatest psychedelic soul funk song of all time and distressingly, is more salient now than ever before; then check out the Pew Report Parenting in America; and last, but by no means least, Larry Elder’s crisp assessment/diagnostic of the problem: It was the third of September…