Why the rich are revolting

Why the rich are revolting

At UnHerd, on the elite overproduction driving social unrest.

Don’t kid yourself — this isn’t 1968

Don’t kid yourself — this isn’t 1968

On the 2020 protests at UnHerd.  In contrast a number of people have lost their jobs just in the past few days for daring to question this progressive orthodoxy. As Scott Alexander wrote of the Great Awokening, the student protests in American universities like Yale, Missouri and Evergreen were not young people protesting against society’s norms or values. They were demanding that society adopts more of its norms, more stringently, and punishes people who… Read on

The terrible things that happen when you put writers in charge

The terrible things that happen when you put writers  in charge

This is a longer version of a review that appeared in the Catholic Herald, 18 July, 2020 Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder One World£13.88 Daniel Kalder is a very funny writer who specialises in Russian history and literature and has an eye for dark humour, the latter probably a necessity for the former. His latest book is a work of literary criticism with an unusual twist, studying the output of Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler… Read on

The end of conservatism?

The end of conservatism?

I’m writing in this week’s Tablet (the liberal Catholic Tablet, that is, not the conservative Jewish Tablet) about the second reformation and why we’re losing. Did I mention I have a book out by the way?

Slowly but surely, Britain is turning into America

Slowly but surely, Britain is turning into America

At UnHerd, on the latest depressing political developments. I find the whole thing especially disturbing because I live not far from Cummings, in a neighbouring borough with a similar demographic profile; heavily Remain-voting, left-of-centre and filled with organic bakeries, hot yoga, independent coffee shops and all the other liberal elite status markers that conservative commentators affect to despise. I talk about the area in my book, which is partly about being a small-c… Read on

On health anxiety

On health anxiety

My piece at UnHerd on being a hypochondriac and why coronavirus is bringing it all back. 

The new caste system

The new caste system

Writing at UnHerd, on the idea of flying over 90,000 eastern Europeans to pick fruit.

I miss the culture warriors

I miss the culture warriors

At UnHerd. Farewell to the Age of Narcissism.   

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History published today

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History published today

Available from Amazon  I’ll list any reviews that come in (while obviously just ignoring any bad ones) ‘Ed West outlines excellently the intellectual and stylistic differences between Left and Right’ Derek Turner, The University Bookman  ‘Ed West’s excellent new book… He is an immense writer; his arguments are buttressed with references to Burke and Sowell that succinctly summarize conservative opinion on issues that most would need a whole book to express.’ Read on

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History reviewed in the Sunday Times

An ‘insightful, poignant and at times hilarious book’, says Matthew Goodwin. Buy it here.