Books 31 May 2013

The two Gatsbys

Yes, Fitzgerald’s novel was written in an era of cultural pessimism, but it has a powerful sense of possibility – something its contemporary interpreters tend to obscure.

Books 26 April 2013

How to get filthy rich in Asia

Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, written as a self-help guide for Asians who want to make a killing in their new economies, casts light on the social impact of Asia’s breakneck growth.

16 April 2013

Modern Zionists: gatekeepers of what?

A new Israeli documentary shows that Zionism has lost its nationalist vigor and now plays the victim card.

30 January 2013

Inequality did not cause the crisis

ESSAY: Widening inequality in the US should be seen as a symptom rather than cause of today’s economic malaise.

Essay preview 19 December 2012

Inequality did not cause the crisis

Widening inequality in the US should be seen as a symptom, rather than a cause, of today's economic malaise.

Books 30 November 2012

Why the rich want the
super-rich to be restrained

A new book critiquing the lives and antics of plutocrats reveals just how widespread the discomfort with rapid economic growth has become.

Books 28 September 2012

The state is a bigger threat than the market

Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy has some useful insights, but its anti-market myopia blinds it to the corrosive impact of state intervention in our lives.

Books 27 July 2012

How liberals fall into
the fairness trap

Political philospher John Tomasi’s insightful critique of the thought of John Rawls and the failings of modern liberalism fails to recognise that ‘fairness’ is antithetical to equality proper.

11 May 2012

The petty politics of the
anti-inequality brigade

ESSAY: Don’t be fooled by their egalitarian rhetoric - today’s equality campaigners simply dislike both the super-rich and ‘trailer trash’.

Books 27 April 2012

Ordinary Americans don’t need the left’s pity

Thomas Frank’s belief that people aren’t revolting against capitalism because they’ve been duped by right-wing ideologues betrays an incredible disdain for the public.