Tomorrow will be a banner day for English cultural journalism. Standpoint, a new monthly review of politics and culture, will make its debut with contributions by Michael Burleigh, Tim Congdon, Robert Conquest, Clive James, Douglas Murray, Andrew Roberts, Mark Steyn, and others. Judging by its first issue, it will amply live up to its promise “to celebrate and defend Western civilization, its achievements and its values.”
Edited by the distinguished journalist and historian Daniel Johnson, Standpoint eschews both the politically correct pieties that have insinuated themselves disastrously into so much serious cultural journalism over the past few decades as well as the tawdry commercialism that has rendered many hitherto vital periodicals indistinguishable from inflight magazines. There has been nothing as vibrant and engaging in English journalism since Encounter closed some two decades ago. “Give me a point on which to stand,” said Archimedes, “and I will move the world.” Welcome to Standpoint, which I expect will move and inform the world of cultural controversy and opinion. Click here to subscribe to Standpoint.