Douglas Murray’s latest interview – as always ‘engaging’ but perplexing to say the least. This tops my favourite interview about the state of the world and mind-matters in general since COVID wreaked-havoc. Murray is one smart cookie and some have seen him as keeping to Christopher Hitchen’s spirit or taking his mantle in his absence; but whichever way I look at it, a voice like his, right now is so necessary.
In this interview Murray is captured in the foreground of London’s bridge wearing a long sleeve shirt – tight at the skin which shows us our boy Murray has been doing more than reading history and writing adnauseum during his Quarantine. Although gathering from what he brings to the discussion here you wonder if he does anything else.
Where this interview goes from the very good, to the obscenely… is when Murray makes this tranformational point at 33.00 – ‘There is a great difference of a critic who wishes you well and a critic who only wishes you ill.’ The ongoing discussion about that is priceless.
‘What has happened in America for 2 generations now; I would say; is that people have been taught that their country is uniquely bad…And that same thing has been creeping into Britain, and I would argue into every other Western Democracy and its got to be pushed back against….Anyone that says that the history of (insert country here – Britain in this case) is slavery and racism does not wish (insert country here) Britain well, and should not be listened to.‘
Let us hope not!
I’ve had to watch it in spurts. I do think he understands it well… I hope to get through it all soon.
I’ve watched it 3 times in total and two of those in spurts as well. There seems very few interviews which engage the important questions and worldwide matters at this time like this one. Murray just seems to be able to decode something important out of all the radio interference we are getting. For instance, his take on people who can’t find any redeeming features in a country’s history and what it represents is most compelling.
I hope this message finds you well Max.