By D. J. Webb
I am one of those who does not lament the loss of The Independent as a print newspaper. Theoretically, newspapers are great organs of a lively democracy. In fact, they all chant the same rhetoric. Who would spend money on any of them? In fact, The Guardian too faces financial difficulties and I welcome that. One of the best things about our digital lifestyle is that we have access to many sources of information. Defunding of the BBC would be a very welcome step, and I would even like to see all news taken off the airwaves entirely, leaving people to find their own sources of information online.
I read The Telegraph online avidly. True, the same propaganda is peddled there, but there are some good columnists, especially on economics and international affairs, including Jeremy Warner, Liam Halligan, Allister Heath, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard and Roger Bootle. Janet Daley, Allison Pearson and Simon Heffer are always good value. When your ten free reads are exhausted, just clear The Telegraph from your browser cache and start again. Don’t under any circumstances give them any money. The Daily Mail including The Mail on Sunday is good on many subjects. I check Peter Hitchens’ column every Sunday. His blog is updated regularly and includes many articles that are not part of his Sunday column.
The Financial Times‘ Gideon Rachman is worth checking for international affairs, but he determinedly cleaves to the centre of box in terms of comment. The Economist is good on certain, but not all, issues. The Spectator carries many good articles (once again: delete the relevant cookie if you’re asked to pay). I find Douglas Murray and Fraser Nelson worth reading, although Nelson is another centre-of-the-box bunnie, and regularly extols the virtues of immigration. Breitbart London is the only UK news site that is fully on our side.
Looking further afield, I regularly read Vdare: all contributors are good, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Patrick Cleburne, Paul Gottfried and others. Don’t miss the Radio Derb broadcast every Friday. Mark Steyn is an awesome campaigner for free speech and against Islamization. His site comments on the US, the UK, Canada and the wider world. Taki Theodoracopulos’ Takimag is very good indeed. Look for articles by Theodore Dalrymple, Gavin McInnes and Steve Sailer. Unz carries articles on numerous topics, including Steve Sailer on human biodiversity (racial differences in intelligence), but with a good selection of intelligent articles on international affairs.
Real Clear World is regularly updated with links to well-thought-out pieces on politics, economics and international affairs. Stratfor is an amazing site on global issues, but too many articles are behind the paywall. (Guys, comment is free– who would pay for comment? This business model deserves to fail.) Some articles behind the paywall can be accessed via Google if you type the article name in. George Friedman is part of Stratfor (a company known as “the shadow CIA”), but has also branched out in the form of Geopolitical futures. He thinks outside the box on long-term geopolitical trends and many articles are free to access. Bloomberg View carries interesting opinion pieces from a range of points of view. I make sure never to miss Leonid Bershidsky‘s columns.
As far as pure economics is concerned, Moneyweek is unrivalled. Don’t miss Merryn Somerset-Webb‘s blog. The Market Oracle is a great site on financial issues, house prices trends and so forth. Nadeem Walayat is an awesome commenter, and his latest missive on the EU referendum is worth a read. Zerohedge tends towards conspiracy theory, including railing against central bankers and their machinations, but carries many genuine scoops.
As far as libertarian comment is concerned, you are of course right now on the best site: articles here are not single-issue, but cover a broad range. Don’t miss Spiked Online for an aggressive defence of free speech and much more. These guys are immigration enthusiasts, so you do occasionally have to hold your nose. Frank Furedi is undoubtedly the lead theoretician there, and his articles are simply unmissable.
We don’t need the state to direct thought. I find I’m very well informed via my own reading, choosing my own sources. The stupefaction of the populace seems to be a key state aim: those who know nothing can’t challenge the direction of policy. Make it a habit never to listen to the BBC: you couldn’t do better than consult these sources of information on a regular basis.