November 2019 / Issue 1
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.
In the October issue of The Critic, the magazine of ideas for open-minded readers, Frank Furedi discovers schools that instruct children to loathe the values of their parents’ generation, Christopher Silvester examines what is taught in Black History Month, and the novelist Lionel Shriver discusses the literary abuse she receives for questioning “cultural appropriation”.
Melanie Newman uncovers the surprising criteria that social workers use to separate children from their parents, Joshua Rozenberg explains why Britain’s extradition treaty surrenders far more Britons to face charges in the United States than Americans to Britain, Christopher Hitchens recalls the hard-drinking days of the Fleet Street industrial correspondent and Patrick Porter and Tony Blair’s former policy adviser, John McTernan, debate the pullout from Afghanistan and the wisdom of nation-building.
Plus all The Critic’s usual columnists — from Norman Lebrecht and Jonathan Meades to Lisa Hilton and D.J. Taylor — dissect, desecrate, and celebrate modern culture at home and abroad.