on 5 August 2013
Some prating sneering knaves I knew
Oh Kimball and Kramer, how do you do?
Don't cancel your LRB subscription just yet (you don't subscribe? shame on you) but this combative collection will keep you up nights. The Right fields an all-star team of writers, wise, witty or - well, worrying. (That noted Belgo-Canadian wag Mark Steyn, for instance, is both of the latter.) On matters of culture there's more common ground. But, agree or disagree*, we need to know what these guys - they are almost all guys - are thinking. 4.5
* The outwardly inoffensive Kenneth Minogue, for instance, talks of 'the visceral hatred of Christianity today' when it is evidently he who seethes with hatred. He does not see that the approach of Europe ('the West') to the present crisis is simply a reflexion of its greater maturity, about which there is nothing to be done: that it also reflects our inherited Christian values is something on which he declines to expatiate. He encases "Third World" in quotation marks, whether to express distaste or disbelief is not clear, and the same goes for "world community": he's plainly on a planet of his own - and I hope feeling thoroughly ashamed of himself. (Whoops! he died in July. The Spectator calls him 'Ken'. Nuff said.)