Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Neronian presidency: the decline of the American Republic

David Remnick, in this piece for the New Yorker, is keen for us to consider the following hypothesis: “Chaotic, corrupt, incurious, infantile,..

By Alastair Benn

Monday, 8 January 2018

Five Things - 8th January 2018

If you’re bored of the ‘nothing has changed’ reshuffle, here are five things that magnetized us today at Reaction. ‘Britain..

By Alastair Benn

Friday, 5 January 2018

Wolff, Trump, and a carnivalesque late Roman Empire presidency

As a Classics undergraduate, I remember being regularly set Barack Obama’s speeches for translation from English into Latin. Although I..

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Can we trust the sensational new Trump book?

In the course of the research for his book, The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump, Rob Sears trawled through all..

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Corbyn, anti-semitism and the menace of Mend

Jeremy Corbyn’s recent appearance at an event held by the ‘anti-Islamophobia’ charity Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) is significant for..

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Review: "Lou Reed: A life"

“I created Lou Reed.  I have nothing even faintly in common with that guy, but I can play him well. ..

By Alastair Benn

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Review: Purcell's Brexit-themed 'King Arthur'

Brexit has illuminated and inflamed long-fomented divisions within British society, between England and its Celtic fringe, London and the rest..

By Alastair Benn

Friday, 29 September 2017

Why the 'European vision' is distinctly un-European

  In yesterday’s Times, David Aaronovitch praised Emmanuel Macron for his speech on the future of the European Union: apparently,..

By Alastair Benn

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Attempts to criminalise the consumption of Islamic State's online material make no sense

And I should know – as part of my academic research, I had to read it all. The BBC reported..

By Alastair Benn