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Greg Ellis reads PewDiePie’s Battle for the Soul of the Internet, Allen Farrington’s defence of the world’s most popular YouTuber. It was published on 20th December 2018.
Toby Young talks to Sir Roger Scruton, the conservative philosopher, about getting sacked as an advisor to the British Government after making some politically incorrect remarks, and the implications of his defenestration for intellectual freedom more widely.
Greg Ellis reads The Public Humiliation Diet, Toby Young’s account of losing five positions after being targeted by a Twitter outrage mob at the beginning of 2018. It was published on 23rd July 2018.
Toby Young talks to Robert Tombs, Cambridge history professor, about why he supports Brexit, why so many of his colleagues don’t, whether the English intelligentsia’s loathing of their country is a uniquely English characteristic, and what their reaction is likely to be if the United Kingdom does eventually leave the European Union. Robert Tombs is the author of The English and Their History, described by David Frum as “a book for our times that should become the standard text for the century to come,” and co-editor of Briefings For Brexit.
Jonathan Kay talks to Rob Montz, the Washington, D.C.-based documentarian who has made a series of slick, entertaining videos about the free speech crisis engulfing America’s universities. You can see some of Rob’s videos, with some additional commentary from Jon, here.
Toby Young talks to Caroline Farrow, a Catholic journalist who recently found herself under investigation by the police for misgendering a transwoman. Caroline’s ordeal began six months ago when she appeared on a TV show called Good Morning Britain to debate Susie Green, a trans activist. That led to a chain of events that saw Caroline being investigated by the British police for misgendering Susie’s daughter Jackie, who was born male and underwent sexual reassignment surgery in Thailand at the age of 16.
Jonathan Kay talks to Irshad Manji, a gay, progressive Muslim, about her new book Don’t Label Me in which she urges all sides in the culture wars to listen more carefully to each other. She also reflects on the journey she’s been on, from an aggressive combatant in various debates to reflective participant.
Toby Young talks to Andrew Doyle, stand-up comedian and Spiked-online columnist, about Titania McGrath, his satirical creation on Twitter who describes herself as a “radical intersectionalist poet committed to feminism, social justice and armed peaceful protest.” Titania’s first book—Woke: A Guide to Social Justice—has just been published in the U.K.
Jonathan Kay talks to Kay Xander Mellish, author of How to Live in Denmark (2014) and How to Work in Denmark (2018) about the recent Amnesty International report claiming Denmark has a “pervasive rape culture,” as well as what it’s like living in the country ranked number two in the world for gender equality and why a female-led, right-wing political party is on the rise.