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Mark Steyn

Build Back Bollocks

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Further to my recent remarks on seat-warmer conservatism, here is Boris Johnson at his apparently spectacularly successful global summit: Johnson said that he wants the G-7 to be 'building back better, building back greener, building back fairer, and building back more equal and in a more gender-neutral and perhaps more feminine way.' The Boris of twenty years ago would have hooted with derision at the above, and would have pelted with bread rolls and mange-tout anyone who uttered such twaddle at a Spectator lunch. I'm not sure even "long Covid" can account for a grown man committing to build back gender-neutrally. Is it all a giant leg-pull? I see what remains of the Tory Twittersphere calls him "Fat Blair", but, to be fair to Tone, even ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

What Is This Thing Called Love?

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Programming note: Steyn's Song of the Week can now be heard weekly on Serenade Radio, every Sunday at 5.30pm British Summer Time. If you missed today's show, you can hear the repeat at 5.30am Monday UK time - that's 9.30pm Pacific Sunday evening on the West Coast of North America, or Monday lunchtime in Australia. This month we are marking the centenary of Nelson Riddle, perhaps the greatest of all arrangers of popular song. That's what Frank Sinatra thought, and we cite "I've Got the World on a String", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" as merely the obvious examples. This week's selection is less frequently cited, but is a particular favorite of mine. On March 27th 1929 the Charles B Cochran revue ...

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

Fearful Symmetry

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Welcome to a brand new entry to our Mark Steyn Club anthology of video poetry. Because, as Mark always says, video poetry is where the big bucks are. Last month's celebration of the first poem published in Australia prompted mixed reactions from viewers. On the one hand, there was a certain enthusiasm for animal poems; on the other...

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Mark's Week in Review

A Se'nnight of Steyn, June 6-13

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In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark...

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Rick's Flicks

Mad Love: History Is Made at Night

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Rick McGinnis on Frank Borzage's anachronistic screwball comedy-romance-disaster film History Is Made at Night...

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Ave atque vale

Doing the Decent Thing

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In the latest audio episode of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, Mark looks at John Profumo before and after the scandal, and Madame Chiang kai-Shek before and after the loss of China

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The Bachman Beat

Tal Bachman: We Have Met the Enemy, part VII

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Tal Bachman on man's lack of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, and whether hubris or piety afflicted Oedipus...

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Politics & Current Affairs

Keeping the Seat Warm

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Notes on recent sightings of conservatism - or "conservatism"

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The Mark Steyn Show

Wu Is Us

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Today's show was a Covid-double-mutation hybrid of the Steyn Show and our Clubland Q&A in which Mark answered questions live around the planet, punctuated by various regular features such as The Hundred Years Ago Show,,,

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Clubland Q&A

Live Around the Planet ...with a Difference

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Mark answers questions from Steyn Club members around the world

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Laura's Links

Virtue Signalling by Mask

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Laura Rosen Cohen on masked virtue signalling, the social media pogrom, and woke comedy...

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The Mark Steyn Show

The Narrowing Bounds of Discourse

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Welcome to a special presentation of The Mark Steyn Show, delving into the evergreen subject of free speech...

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The War on Free Speech

Michael E Mann, Loser (Again)

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A couple of developments on the global warm-monger front

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

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The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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A Clubman's Notes

A Target on the Back

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Welcome to Part Nine of this month's totally escapist Tale for Our Time - George Orwell's Animal Farm. It's nothing like anything happening today, so need to worry about it. After last night's episode, Nathan, a Mark Steyn Club member from New York, writes: Poor Boxer. The most loyal animal on the Farm, yet he questions the new orthodoxy once and, suddenly, he has a target on his back. Yes, indeed. Nathan could ask Naomi Wolf or Alan Dershowitz how they feel about that: you vote left straight-ticket for decades, agree with 95 per cent of everything the Democrats do, but dissent from the party line on one issue, whether Covid or the Russia investigation, and you have to be beaten into submission. In tonight's episode the show trials are ...

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A Clubman's Notes

Tasting Blood

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Episode Eight of Animal Farm

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A Clubman's Notes

The Age of Plenty

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Part Seven of Animal Farm, a tale that is almost too timely...

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A Clubman's Notes

Porcine Palace

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Part Six of our latest nightly audio entertainment - a bit of escapism all about how utopian illusions curdle into something dark, tyrannous and violent. So nothing to do with our world then. Instead, it's Animal Farm by George Orwell...

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A Clubman's Notes

Snowball in Hell

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Part Five of Animal Farm, George Orwell's ever timelier tale of equality and its hierarchies...

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A Clubman's Notes

Muted Enthusiasm

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Part Four of George Orwell's ever timelier tale Animal Farm

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A Clubman's Notes

A Resolution of One's Own

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Part Three of Animal Farm by George Orwell

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A Clubman's Notes

Getting There from Here

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Part Two of Animal Farm by George Orwell. These are serious times, and Orwell's self-described "fairy story" is a serious tale...

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A Clubman's Notes

More Equal Than Others

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Welcome along to the forty-eighth audio adventure in our series Tales for Our Time: As I wrote last weekend, we're starting June with some heavyweight political satire - Animal Farm by George Orwell...

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Ave atque vale

Tosca and Butterfly

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Episode Fifteen of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade features two servants of dark and ugly regimes...

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The Hundred Years Ago Show

Twenty-Four Hours in Tulsa

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Keep up to date with the past with Mark's world news update from 1921

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A Clubman's Notes

The Elphbergs - with a Word on the Rassendylls

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Mark's contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's classic The Prisoner of Zenda: The Prisoner of Windsor...

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