The era of lies and disinformation isn’t going anywhere, people want it.

On January the 20th Arnold Schwarzenegger logged onto Facebook to post his thoughts on the nature of truth and write in defence of expertise. “I always say you should know your strengths and listen to the experts”, Arnie said, “If you want to learn about building biceps, listen to me, because I’ve spent my life studying how to get the perfect peak”.

It was a persuasive opening; from there Arnie moved on to address the collision of the ‘post-truth’ era with the deadly insistence of Coronavirus that we…


The second Trump impeachment showed that rediscovering principles is the only route to salvation for a bankrupt political class.

While I watched the January ’21 impeachment requal (Impeachment: End Game), a thought struck me: Barry Goldwater was in favour of abortion. It was the kind of thought that barges it’s way in and starts trashing the place while you shout futile threats, but sometimes there’s sensible meaning to be found in the chaos of the mind. …


In both the US and the UK, the age of Trumpism is a crisis on the Left, not on the Right

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The miserable turn of 2020–21: an election cycle rotates, and a reckoning screams towards us. For the first time in more than seventy years, the transatlantic levees of liberal democracy have been overwhelmed. At the Capitol in Washington the democratic liturgy, deeply sacred within American consciousness, is chaotically upended, with blood on the floor. …

Elio España

Filmmaker and writer. London.

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