Ann Coulter: The Woman Who Called Trump’s Victory

Painting of Ann Coulter by Lizza Littlewort

Talking head Ann Coulter called the US election in 2015. Appearing on Bill Maher’s show, Ann Coulter claimed Donald Trump was the strongest Republican candidate to win the election. The liberal audience was quick to laugh and jeer at the conservative pundit, but they wouldn’t be laughing for long. In retrospect, Coulter now appears prescient and the audience looks smug and complacent. Perhaps this complacency was a factor in Clinton’s humiliation at the hands of a meat-headed blowhard. Almost in the same breathe, Coulter said that the Sanders campaign had the most promise for defeating Trump and winning the White House for … Continue reading

Richard Wagner

Bryn Terfel Odin

With many of the key figures of modernity, popular beliefs about them are seriously askew, sometimes at 180′ from the truth: so Nietzsche was neither anti Semitic, nor a nationalist; Freud didn’t say it was ‘all about sex’ etc; Marx wasn’t a proponent of a one party state etc etc. It is almost as if whatever the popular view is of these figures, the truth lies in the opposite direction. With Wagner, though, the case is rather different: for a start, he was an antiSemite, and not just a bit, either: seriously so. The mistake lies in thinking this has to … Continue reading

Europe isn’t diverse enough

The question of diversity in Europe is a recurrent one. This is probably because Europe may be the most homogeneous place on earth. The number of European languages has dwindled to 286 compared to over 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. Yet the continent remains home to rival forms of nationalism, particularly in the EU. Despite the constant shift of borders and migrations across the region, the notion of a common European identity seems painfully elusive. The fact that French, for example, was the language of choice for many monarchs, from England to Russia, does not fit into nationalist discourse. Indeed, … Continue reading