When books begin to have a relevance beyond the initial context of their publication, that is when they become classics. With the coarsening of political discourse in recent years, my mind goes back to when I read Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate. Levin’s book is centred on Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, two of the … Continue reading On Arguing: What Can We Learn from the Great Debate?
Witty, brash, but with little insight, Michael Spicer’s new book is based on his online satirical sketch show, The Man in the Room Next Door. It is is stylised as a collection of files submitted anonymously to the publisher. The files contain information about a shadowy organisation, Axworthy, and in particular the role of ‘M’, … Continue reading Review: Michael Spicer, The Secret Political Adviser (2020)