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The American Gothic – from The Exorcist to Scooby Doo – deals with the shadows that have not been banished by the Enlightenment

They have something in common, apart from anger: they believe in a religion that has no connection to morality

Isn’t the BBC supposed to educate? Why, then, is it spreading ignorance in this way?

Well, here is a checklist. And it doesn’t include aid

Often aid gives power and patronage to corrupt regimes that are the cause of poverty themselves

In its closing moments the episode last night gave up fact for opinion

She was a highly significant writer, and nearly every important literary person passed through her kitchen

She was a pawn, not a political player, and no one, it seems, felt sorry for her

As in China, the forces of conservatism were too great

Rather, there is plenty that encourages it