Books & Essays
Books & Essays
25 August 2005

Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?

The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

29 July 2005

Singer on ‘speciesism’: a specious argument

In his new book In Defense of Animals, Peter Singer reduces the value of human life to a tick-list of capabilities.

Creating the enemy

How a risk-averse West has inflamed the terrorism it fears.

18 July 2005

Harry Potter: pick on someone your own size

Many of those who thought the boy wizard would save our world are now complaining that he failed to fulfil their fantasies.

Mao: The end of the affair

A new biography by former Maoists Jung Chang and Jon Halliday blames Mao for everything that has gone wrong in China. What are they trying to hide?

The tyranny of therapism

The authors of One Nation Under Therapy question the notion that uninhibited emotional openness is good for our mental health.

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.

26 May 2005

Why we need free speech online

In their crusade against 'hate speech', regulators want to subject all internet users to a system of parental controls.

Second World War: The Battle of the Books

James Heartfield surveys the struggle to define the Second World War.

29 April 2005

Why does New Labour stand for nothing?

Blair-bashers ignore New Labour's roots in both its party, and its times.