In this Last Orders, Michael Psaras sums up Bournbrook’s features over the last week, and writes about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, along with university strikes and the case for British federalism.
Social Conservatism in the News
Not much else is consuming the news currently, other than the coronavirus – or COVID-19 – pandemic. The risk posed by this is great, particularly in the sense that the elderly, and those with underlying health issues, are in most danger if they catch this virus. As a result, we must all do what we can for these people in our communities. Whether it is going to the shops or just giving them check-up phone calls, there are an array of things possible to do that many of us can – and should – do. After all, what is the point of civilisation, of society, if we cannot protect the weakest in our societies?
Columnist William Parker has written this week that the right should focus on winning over students across university campuses – which are currently consumed largely by liberal ideas.
Our Views on the Left editor Peter Tutykhin has written on Bernie Sanders’ failing campaign in the USA this week. A number of reasons as to why this has occurred are dissected, including Sanders’ association with socialism, and his disassociation with the Democratic Party.
Megan Cole, writing for the View on the Left section in our upcoming Eighth print issue, makes the case for a federalised Britain that entails the overhauling of the First Past the Post voting system, and replacing this with proportional representation.
'There are no doubts that democracy in Britain in its current form is ineffective.'
— Bournbrook Magazine (@bournbrookmag) March 10, 2020
Hayden Lewis has written on feminism this week, exploring the ideas and problems of hedonism, sexual liberation and self-restraint. In this article, Hayden makes the important link to trust, and the importance of this for society. Read the article here.
World editor Dan Mountain, and Editor Michael Curzon, have discussed the recent university strikes that have affected universities across the country, as a part of the new Breaking Bread with Bournbrook series.
Dan has, as part of the Bournbrook’s Grand Tour series, written on his fond memories of visiting Ludlow Castle in England. The castle has a deep history, and is one of the many beautiful attractions of England that is worth a visit.
Dan has also written this week on Russia and its role in the Middle East. Russia’s role is analysed and its deeper motivations, such as its resistant to the liberal ideas of certain western countries, are explained.
Columnist Matthew Bruce wrote on Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) this week. This documentary focuses on when a bulldozer in Canada, back in 1978, unearthed long lost film reels. As a result, the memories of a lost way of life are preserved.
Justin Zhao, an American who worked with the police and justice system in his state, fascinatingly describes the great correlation between those criminals who he regularly came into contact with were consistently linked with marijuanua usage. As well, Mr. Zhao tries to dispel the ideas that marijuana is ‘soft’ and not really a drug.
Columnist Luke Perry also explained his reasons for joining the new Free Speech Union, set up by Toby Young. In this article, Luke describes some of the damning aspect of modern culture today, and why preserving free speech is important.
Social Conservative Commentary
In one of his more distressing, yet thought-provoking, pieces, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens describes his recent experience of seeing the mass flying of rainbow flags across Oxford. In this, Mr. Hitchens draws parallels with the flying of socialist flags and pictures of Lenin or Marx in Soviet Russia, and how these were not so much to try and convince people how good the communist system was, but to threaten any potential dissenters. The flags are flown to prove a particular ideology has won, and they taunt anyone who disagrees to say what they are thinking out loud, and see what happens. Can anyone truly call this country a free nation any longer?
Quote of the Week
‘And then it was explained to me: the whole point of these banners and posters and portraits of Lenin and Marx was to demoralise and isolate the dissenter.
‘They proclaimed: ‘We have won. We are in charge. Our lies are now the truth. You can do nothing about it. Nobody cares what you think.’
‘And so it is with the rainbow flags.’
– Peter Hitchens, article above.