2021 storming of the United States Capitol — Wikimedia Commons

On September 11th 2001, Ziad Jarrah telephoned his fiancé Aysel Şengün in Germany from a public telephone in Newark International Airport, repeatedly telling her, “I love you”. It was a gesture that he would deny to the people that he and a group of men were about to sacrificially murder; the 40 passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, hundreds of civilians, federal officers and elected legislators of the United States, most of whom were gathered inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Rather than attempting to strike a blow for the oppressed, landless poor and disenfranchised of the world, as…


The second part of the longform article ‘The Existential Vote: A Socially-Distanced Post on the 2020 U.S. Election’.

III. Bankruptcy Protection from the Devil

“The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike,
The Devil will come, and Faustus must be damn’d.
O, I’ll leap up to my God! Who pulls me down?” — Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

“In the United States, except for slaves, servants and the destitute fed by townships, everyone has the vote and this is an indirect contributor to law-making. Anyone wishing to attack the law is thus reduced to adopting one of two obvious courses: they must either change the nation’s…


The first of a two-part article on the nature of the 2020 U.S. Election campaign, the narrative of the campaign, and the possibilities for those writing a first draft of history.

“It has long been a grave question whether any government, not too strong for the liberties of its people, can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. But the election, along with its incidental and undesirable strife, has done good, too…” — Abraham Lincoln, on the 1864 Election

The annals of the Trump era stand alone. Over 20,000 lies and falsehoods in office; 500 political appointee…


Revisiting a previous article on the politics of memorials and their removal

Oriel College, Oxford — Wikimedia Commons

In 2016, as an undergraduate History student at the University of York, I wrote an article for the student newspaper Nouse entitled ‘The dangerous precedent of pulling down Rhodes’ which questioned the ethics and raised the possible implications of removing the public statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College, Oxford. The purpose of the article was to argue against a general spirit of iconoclasm and the potential wider ramifications of the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign at the time. My article’s conclusion at the time was that a removal…


Anti-semitic ‘Hep-Hep’ riots in Bavaria, 1819.

Introduction

The British Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn MP poses an “existential threat to Jewish life in this country”[1] were it to take power in the UK; these were the unprecedented words of three major British Jewish newspapers in a united editorial statement on July 25th 2018. Their words were echoed by the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Jonathan Sacks.[2] On November 26th 2019, the current Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis made an equally unprecedented intervention in the U.K. General Election campaign in an article for The Times, accusing Corbyn of having “sanctioned” antisemitism “from the…

Jack Staples-Butler

Writer. History and Law graduate

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