The Critic

Archived since November 2019 / Issue 1 Complete Archive

28 issues

The Critic is Britain’s new monthly magazine for politics, ideas, art, literature and much more. Co-edited by Michael Mosbacher and Christopher Montgomery, The Critic exists to push back against a self-regarding and dangerous consensus that finds critical voices troubling, triggering, insensitive and disrespectful. The point is not provocation or trolling. The point of honest criticism is to better approach truth, not deny its possibility.

Ossified thought and a lack of intellectual rigour are depressing features of all sides of today’s political and cultural debate. Our writers will subscribe to no editorial line nor serve the interests of any party, faction or cause. We ask them to write because we expect them to be honest, and lucidly so. Look to our contributors and fault us if they are not. 

Contributors to the magazine include Jonathan Meades, Douglas Murray, Nick Cohen, Joshua Rozenberg, Anne McElvoy, Norman Lebrecht, Daniel Johnson, Lisa Hilton, Hannah Betts and Artists in Residence Adam Dant and Miriam Elia.

Latest issue

  • Are contentious beliefs and opinions going to be taken offline? In the June issue of The Critic, Toby Young explains why he fears a “censors’ charter”, unpicking the government’s Online Safety Bill to reveal the law of unintended consequences that the legislation unleashes to silence free speech on the internet.
  • Also, Kit Wilson examines how the ethical limits of advances in Artificial Intelligence can be policed worldwide, Charles Wide fears the Court of Appeal has too limited a frame of reference to consider the legality of statue-toppling, and Julie Bindel takes on feminists who think the sex trade is liberating.
  • Among the culture, life, and sport critics and reviewers, Anne McElvoy reviews the revival of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem to gauge whether it still deserves its “play of the century” status, Stephen Pollard thinks today’s jockeys are better than ever, and, following the sale of an Andy Warhol silkscreen for $195 million, Michael Prodger explores how auction houses’ PR hype fuels the international art trade.
  • Along with a special section on literature, the June issue of The Critic is the magazine of ideas for open-minded readers. 

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The Critic is Britain’s new monthly magazine for politics, ideas, art, literature and much more. Co-edited by Michael Mosbacher and Christopher Montgomery, The Critic exists to push back against a self-regarding and dangerous consensus that finds critical voices troubling, triggering, insensitive and disrespectful. The point is not provocation or trolling. The point of honest criticism is to better approach truth, not deny its possibility.

Ossified thought and a lack of intellectual rigour are depressing features of all sides of today’s political and cultural debate. Our writers will subscribe to no editorial line nor serve the interests of any party, faction or cause. We ask them to write because we expect them to be honest, and lucidly so. Look to our contributors and fault us if they are not. 

Contributors to the magazine include Jonathan Meades, Douglas Murray, Nick Cohen, Joshua Rozenberg, Anne McElvoy, Norman Lebrecht, Daniel Johnson, Lisa Hilton, Hannah Betts and Artists in Residence Adam Dant and Miriam Elia.

  • First Issue: November 2019 / Issue 1
  • Latest Issue: June 2022
  • Issue Count: 28
  • Published: Monthly