21 November

Happy birthday, François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, a man of many letters - more than 21,000 of them, in fact, written during the course of his life to friends, enemies, colleagues, acquaintances and people he never met.

November 21, 2009 · 1 min read

‘If you were to succeed in abolishing superstition, what would you substitute for it?’ this master of reason was once asked. ‘When I deliver the world from a monster which devours it, I am asked what will I put in its place?’ he wrote in reply.


The global spectres of ‘Asian horror’

Bliss Cua Lim looks at how the female ghost subgenre illuminates efforts to globalise ‘Asian horror’

Rudolf Rocker: an anarchist ‘rabbi’ in London

David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history

Review – Falling Down: The Conservative Party and the Decline of Tory Britain by Phil Burton-Cartledge

Sabrina Huck argues that a generational shift away from the Conservative Party can’t be taken for granted


The driver of dispossession

Tina Ngata explains the social and legal legacies of a 15th-century Christian principle that paved the way for imperial violence in, and far beyond, New Zealand

Review – Just Us: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine's collection perfectly illustrates the power of frank conversations with white people on race and racism, writes Kimberly McIntosh

Resisting India’s structural limits on suffrage

Voter suppression and systematic exclusion cast a pall over the world's biggest 'democracy', writes Kavita Krishnan

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