26 September 2005

The market in fear

Politics has become a contest between different brands of doom-mongering.

26 September 2005

Reflections on the future

In New York this Friday, three leading intellectuals will interrogate and debate politics in the twenty-first century. Here, they outline their views.

13 June 2005

From Europe to America: the populist moment has arrived

On both sides of the Atlantic, the political class has become convinced that the people do not know what is best for them.

31 May 2005

The reawakening of European democracy

The French people's rejection of the EU Constitution represents a positive political event.

4 May 2005

None of them knows what we’re thinking

The political class is running on empty.

23 March 2005

Our unhealthy obsession with sickness

Why is being ill now embraced as a positive part of the human experience?

17 February 2005

The new Chief Inquisitor on campus

From ethics committees to ‘learning outcomes’, the threat to academic freedom comes from within the university as much as from without.

6 January 2005

How we deal with disasters

From 'Acts of God' to 'Acts of Nature' and 'Acts of Man' - humanity's reading of catastrophes has changed through the ages.

15 December 2004

Dumbing down? Don’t blame the media

The tendency to blame reality TV both trivialises and underestimates the problem.

28 October 2004

The politics of fear

President Bush isn’t the only one who plays the scare card.