James Snell
James Snell is a student from Southend, Essex. He is Contributing Editor of the Libertarian, a regular columnist for Politiker UK, contributor to the Commentator and former columnist for the Backbencher.

His work has also appeared on Trending Central, where he has written a fortnightly column, the Rationalist Association, Left Foot Forward, the Daily Caller, Libertarian Home, DL Magazine and Free Inquiry magazine.

He likes being an iconoclast; enjoys books, music and vindication. His favourite writers include: Winston Churchill, Christopher Hitchens and Boris Johnson. Follow him on Twitter @James_P_Snell.

Entries by James Snell

There Can Be No Masochism in the Face of Terror

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:50 AM

Reality as we know it is becoming repetitious. There has been another terrorist attack in a European capital. Once again an artist has been targeted. Once again an entire people have been attacked. The horror that invaded the placid streets of Copenhagen last week came a mere month after the...

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Review: 'The Uses and Abuses of History' by Margaret MacMillan

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 3:08 PM

History is more than a collection of dates and facts, kings and queens, battles and wars. It is also a guide for how we see the world, a shaping influence in the construction of our own worldview. Added to that, and increasingly seen in places like Russia, where...

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2014 - A Bad Year for Reasoned Debate

(9) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Seemingly everyone has Twitter these days. It is a fact of modern life. Everyone has social media in one form or another, and membership is simply assumed; and its advent is an event which lives in our collective personal history. The effects of the social media proliferation have been, and...

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Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 8:01 PM

On Tuesday 9 December, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the executive summary and portions of an as yet unpublished report into the torture undertaken by the CIA. In the following days, much was revealed about American programmes of 'enhanced interrogation'. We had all heard of 'waterboarding', of course,...

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Russia Today UK Is Bad News - But Even Tyrants Have a Right to Free Speech

(18) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 7:00 PM

RT, formerly Russia Today, the state-funded broadcasting arm of that expansionist northern-European nation, has recently launched a British subsidiary. If the thought of Putin's own propaganda operation descending upon our media landscape does not give you a small frisson of trepidation, you're probably part of its target demographic.

Through its...

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No Moral Nation Can Ally With Assad

(16) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 8:00 PM

After nearly four years of almost unimaginable horror in Syria, the prime mover of all the repression, all the brutality, and all the sheer suffering of this cruelest of civil wars is getting what he wanted all along. A myopic and half-hearted aerial campaign is targeting his supposed rivals, and...

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The Islamic State, Ebola, and the Appeal of Conspiracy

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:08 PM

This week, the famous feminist and formerly respected thinker Naomi Wolf took to Facebook to voice her concerns about an issue of vital importance. She, like many others, was concerned with the Islamic State, and the video evidence it likes to create in order to document its brutality. Unlike many...

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Attacking the Islamic State in Syria Is Justified and Right

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 8:00 PM

This week, after nearly four years of civil war, the United States and her allies have finally intervened in Syria. It is far too late and, in attacking only the Islamic State and not the regime, it only deals with half of the problem. Nevertheless, barring a sudden period...

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The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

(19) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM

The case for American attacks on the Islamic State is eminently clear. Diplomatic personnel need to be protected; a nation which is barely emerging from the dual quagmires of dictatorship and reconstruction cannot be allowed to simply fall apart; and ethnic and religious minorities must be rescued from the genocidal...

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IS Is Pure Evil; So Is Assad: We Must Be Prepared to Fight Them Both

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 12:04 AM

Appalling news arrives from Iraq, where the Islamic State (IS) has beheaded a journalist, James Foley, in a deliberate and public manner. This is a war crime, and those who committed it are very happy to show off that fact. All of this demonstrates further (as if more evidence...

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Forget 2003 - The Iraqi People Need Our Help Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:57 AM

In Iraq, right now, an ancient culture is being exterminated, wiped from the face of human history. The Yazidi minority had, until recently, found relative safe haven in Kurdish-controlled areas, protected by its armed forces: the peshmerga. However, recent reversals have forced both the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to withdraw...

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Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

(13) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly...

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Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 8:50 PM

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

The situation in...

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The Threat of Isis Cannot Be Overstated

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 8:41 PM

Conventional wisdom, steeped as it is in years of de facto political homogeneity, would have you know that the 'War on Terror', as that nasty man George Bush grandly called it, was either misguided, pointless or actively detrimental towards the end it was claimed to champion.

Irrespective of whether that...

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The Threat of Russian Expansionism Is Not Over

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:18 PM

A Russian tank rolling over border lines has become a familiar sight. Nevertheless, that does not lessen the political significance of such an action - which appears to have occurred again in recent days. Russian meddling in the affairs of its neighbours, as documented by Michael Weiss, is...

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D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

(42) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 6:55 PM

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a...

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The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:50 AM

Even stories of mass murder lose their appeal eventually. News narratives move on, as do the attention spans of readers and viewers; people get bored of reading the same tales of horror and woe from the same places. Politicians, who are almost leech-like in their desire to attach themselves to...

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The Rise of the Politics of Delusion

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 10:15 PM

Political activism has changed quite a lot in recent years. The age of mass membership of political parties has passed, and institutions which once numbered millions of paid-up supporters are themselves becoming relics. Unions which once boasted of five or so million members can only fabricate a respectable total by...

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Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

(36) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 8:00 PM

As a third, blood-soaked year of the conflict in Syria draws to a close, and with the number of estimated deaths continuing its ever upward climb, it is increasingly apparent that avoiding military action in the region was the wrong thing to do.

Far from being a moral decision by...

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What Has Happened to Michael Gove?

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Michael Gove is normally one of my favourite ministers. His principled stance on issues such as intervention in Syria, as well as his delightfully un-Tory, remarkably socially mobile background, drew me to him.

However, this approval has been tempered by recent events. I was dismayed to read that...

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