Ben Sixsmith

Is Taylor Swift a psyop?

31 January 2024 8:38 am

In 2024, right-wingers are facing a doddery, often incoherent Democratic president, an even more incoherent VP (who doesn’t have the…

What happened to QAnon?

27 June 2023 12:30 pm

“There’s a storm coming,” popular historian turned esoteric political commentator Neil Oliver posted on Twitter in May, “Maybe not today.…

In defense of Twitter

20 November 2022 2:11 pm

Twitter probably isn’t going anywhere. Major platforms don’t just vanish, after all. If we’re not still posting in 2023, then…

The New York subway shooter’s private hell

17 April 2022 4:00 pm

A common theme among America’s spree killers is a fondness for rambling online. Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger griped about…

The Ukraine war is not a video game

10 April 2022 5:30 pm

In a typically baffling column in the New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

‘West Elm Caleb’ and the vindictiveness of a social media feeding frenzy

23 January 2022 7:06 pm

The saga of ‘West Elm Caleb’ will make you wish that you had never used the internet. It will make…

The Capitol riot transformed right-wing activism in America

6 January 2022 10:21 pm

The invasion of Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 represented the rise and fall of pro-Trump anti-governmental activism in a…

Are Bored Apes racist?

5 January 2022 9:20 pm

A plague of apes has spread across social media. Wherever you look, blank simian faces stare back at you. Their…

Jimmy Carr's anti-vaxxer joke isn't funny

3 December 2021 12:49 am

Jimmy Carr was once the smug face of shock comedy. As a stand-up comedian, and a host of various comedy…

Party politics has no place in the Maxwell trial

1 December 2021 11:40 pm

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has kicked off in New York and rich and powerful men across America and Europe…

Kid Rock conservatism

23 November 2021 4:24 pm

Kid Rock feels like he emerged from a time capsule left for us in the ’90s, perhaps along with Dunkaroos…

Down the QAnon rabbit hole

8 November 2021 3:40 pm

Lies, in many cases, are comparable to sparks. They might not be very dangerous in and of themselves but under…


The carnival in the Capitol

8 January 2021 2:39 am

Generally, events that we think are significant will be passed over by historians — much in the same manner as…

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What is the Great Reset?

18 November 2020 4:14 am

The phrase has shot throughout the fringes of Right-Wing Twitter like a virus through a karaoke bar. According to Pauline…

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Duty of care: the trouble with America’s nursing homes

10 October 2020 2:51 am

We can debate the value of sacrificing normal life to COVID-19. Personally I think the measures are increasingly destructive —…


Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for redemption

27 September 2020 1:01 am

Stung by recent criticism, and fearing major regulation, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has announced the establishment of…


Cuckoo Q: are the QAnon crowd as crazy as they seem?

21 August 2020 3:54 am

‘Have you guys been following 4Chan?’ asks Marjorie Taylor Greene in a 2017 video. A mysterious ‘patriot’ named ‘Q’, Greene…

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In many ways, Andrew Cuomo is just a metaphor

18 August 2020 10:01 pm

With the United States lurching from crisis to crisis, the Democrats want their convention to present them as the tough,…

Two faces of Polish rebellion

14 July 2020 5:18 am

The narrowness of President Andrzej Duda’s victory in this weekend’s Polish presidential elections, where he defeated Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor…

Kanye West and the uncancellables

8 July 2020 1:47 am

For better or worse, the rapper, producer and sneaker salesman Kanye West is almost certainly not running for president, as…

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Conservatives talk about cancel culture too much

20 June 2020 3:29 am

If you are on the right I suspect you have heard leftists saying something like this: ‘Thousands of people are…

America’s riots could be contagious

2 June 2020 2:44 am

It’s kind of amazing. For weeks we have been arguing about the minute details of viral transmission. Can you be…


The Democratic civil war has been a long time coming

4 March 2020 3:07 am

Bernie Sanders has had an unlikely ally during the 2020 Democratic nomination race: Donald Trump. The president has repeatedly insisted…

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Why aren’t leftists happy Joe Rogan endorsed Bernie?

25 January 2020 6:36 am

As a twenty-something man who spends excessive amounts of time on the internet I have of course watched countless hours…

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My evening with the Bernie Bros

17 January 2020 7:10 am

The stench of beer and cheap deodorant filled the bar in which the ‘Bernie Bros’ were meeting. The scene looked…