Books & Essays
Books & Essays
24 July 2006

Can TV remote-control our kids?

Some claim the media make children fat and violent; others argue the media can help to make children more socially responsible. Both sides should get a grip.

20 July 2006

What’s behind the rise of Yob Lit?

Books on ‘anti-social behaviour’ tend to reveal far more about the author’s mindsets than they do about life in Britain.

9 June 2006

A tyranny of ‘respect’

The UK government's obsession with tackling antisocial behaviour is making society even more lonely and fragmented.

There’s more to life than avoiding death

Philip Roth’s new novel Everyman explores what happens when we obsess too much about life’s final ‘reality check’.

23 May 2006

Why the ‘politics of happiness’ makes me mad

If you’re unhappy with state-sponsored happiness programmes, clap your hands.

19 May 2006

The ‘right to die’? No thanks

The campaign to legalise assisted suicide cheapens and devalues human life - and makes death an even more protracted process.

Who’s afraid of economic growth?

Behind today's trendy arguments about environmentalism, ethical living and happiness, there lurks a deep disdain for material progress.

18 April 2006

Confronting the New Misanthropy

The big question today is not whether humans will survive the twenty-first century, but whether our faith in humanity will survive it.

4 April 2006

Farewell to the city?

Ignore the New Urbanists and 'Londonostalgics' - the end of the boundary between town and country is a liberation, not a loss, says a writer on urban issues.

28 March 2006

Are we addicted to love?

Theories of intimate relationships in the modern world view passionate love as a problem to be managed.