I have been reading an unusually large amount of opinion pieces from the United Kingdom lately, on online magazines such as The Guardian and The Spectator. As I’ve been doing this, one author in particular has caught my attention, both for the quality of his writing and because I often find myself sympathetic to the points he is making. This author I’m on about here is named Nick Cohen.
Mr Cohen, besides being a regular contributor to the above mentioned magazines, has also written several books, which I have not yet read but which I suspect might be interesting. Politically, Cohen can be described as belonging to the liberal left, but he isn’t particularly dogmatic about it and has been spending a lot of time lately objecting to the excesses of modern identity politics. Bellow I have gathered quotes from and links to what I believe are some of his better material.
A piece of great writing by Cohen was published in The Guardian on the 9th of January 2016, a year after the grotesque murders in Paris of the editors and writers of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Cohen begins the article with the following strong and beautifully articulated statement:
“The only respectful way to mark the first anniversary of the Paris killings is to honour the memory of the dead by fighting for the Enlightenment values they lived by and died for. Whether we can is moot.”
This is, in a way, a self-sufficient statement. The rest, as the saying goes, is commentary. You can find the whole article here.
Cohen has in his writings also been very skeptical of the newly elected leader of the British Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn. Some of his criticism can be summarized in this article, published in The Spectator in December last year. Among the various points he makes here, he writes about how many people want an alternative to the established politicians but then when they get that they are still not happy:
“Voters have described for decades how they hated focus-group-tested, poll-watching professional politicians. The voters are a pack of liars. Corbyn offered them an alternative, and they have no time for that either.”
Anyway, this has been a brief presentation of a journalist who I personally believe might be of interest even for those of us who live outside of the United Kingdom. Check out some more of his stuff and judge for yourselves.