Richard King

Richard King

is a freelance writer based in Fremantle, Western Australia.

About Richard King

Richard King is a freelance writer based in Fremantle, Western Australia. He is the author of On Offence: The Politics of Indignation (2013). His website is The Bloody Crossroads

Articles about Richard King

On Offence: The Politics of Indignation by Richard King

The last shot in the war: On Offence
by Richard King

It cannot escape notice that, by King’s telling, things really start to go screwy when a much wider range of people get access not merely to politics, but to the political self-expression that was hitherto the preserve of the author... his sometimes acute analysis of particular deployments of notions of offence treats them as akin to an act of state censorship, a charge the Right relies on almost obsessively.

Articles by Richard King

Peak Bullshit?

' The post-truth chatter is now at such a pitch, and the attendant anxieties now so widespread, that critical distance is imperative. Thisshould be kept in mind when considering the innumerable opinion articles, essays and books on fake news and post-truth published in the last two years especially. This is the interval in which the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory in the US election catalysed a searching discussion about the threat to authoritative information posed by the internet and social media, partisan news and populist politicians.' 

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Bad Hombres

'Why did people vote for Trump? That is the question we should be asking ourselves, and it’s one that’s given extra urgency by the fact that his ascendency is not an isolated case, but the most spectacular instance of a more general phenomenon. In Europe, a veritable basket of deplorables is now angling for the votes of the disaffected. If liberals and leftwingers are serious about wresting momentum from them, they will have to understand their appeal.'

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Crying Freedom

Conservatives and libertarians: a happy marriage or heading for divorce?

Disciplined Hope: A Voice Still Heard: Selected Essays of Irving Howe

If Howe’s primary target in ‘This Age of Conformity’ was the incipient neoconservative milieu, by the mid 1960s he had turned his attention to, and trained his guns on, the embryonic New Left. In his 1965 essay ‘New Styles in “Leftism”’, he isolates and analyses some emergent trends on the progressive side of politics, and finds little cause for celebration.

Comrade Tressell’s Problem Novel

After reading The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, George Orwell was left ‘with the feeling that a considerable novelist was lost in this young working-man whom society could not bother to keep alive’. True enough, though I would add that this loss is felt not just in the absence of a second or third book but within the pages of the one we have.

Religion without God by Ronald Dworkin cover

Bad Faith: Religion without God
by Ronald Dworkin

This short but ambitious book is more revealing of its author’s shortcomings than anything I have read by him. Notwithstanding its posthumous publication and the fact that, had he lived a bit longer, Dworkin may have sharpened up his arguments, I emerged from it with a powerful sense that he was pulling a philosophical fast one.

A dangerous cynicism: The Confidence Trap & The Last Vote

Electorates are not enamoured of the idea that the nation state now has such limited power over its destiny. Democracies dependent on foreign creditors; massive multinational companies subject to few democratic controls; an international financial market with the power to decide the strength of currencies – these things sit uneasily with the idea that a nation should be able to determine its own fate and the fate of its people.

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths by John Gray

Prophet of gloom: The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths

Notwithstanding the occasional gnomic aside to the effect that no science is untouched by magic, Gray has hitherto upheld the distinction between scientific progress, which is a fact of history, and human progress, which is a modern myth. But in his new book, The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, this distinction begins perceptibly to blur.