Daniel In The News

My review of Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over: Powering America beyond the age of the Great Stagnation (Dutton) was published on the spiked review of books on Friday. Suppose you go on a date and are faced with that perennially tricky question: does the other person fancy me? The answer is not always easy to [...]

I will be debating Nick Dearden, the director of the World Development Movement, at the national conference of ResultsUK on Saturday 10th May. The event is on the weekend of 10th-12th May at St Lukes Community Centre, Old Street, London.

I am delighted to be speaking on the opening keynote panel at the Liberty League Freedom Forum in London next weekend. Tickets are available here.

This is my latest book review for the Financial Times. The link to the piece on the FT site can be found here. American Tax Resisters, by Romain D Huret, Harvard University Press, 2014. Few people like paying taxes, but there are some individuals, particularly in the US, for whom active tax resistance is central to [...]

This is my latest spiked article. Why is the existence of extreme inequality in Britain treated as headline news? Given that a wide gulf between rich and poor is a characteristic feature of capitalist societies, inequality should not come as a surprise to anyone. A walk or drive around virtually any large city is enough [...]

This review was first published on spiked today. The unsubtle message of Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, is that there is a thin line between investment bankers and gangsters. Admittedly, investment banking is not itself illegal and its practitioners are not generally prone to extreme violence. Nevertheless, the film portrays Wall Street [...]

My obituary for Ariel Sharon was first published on spiked today. Despite the bitter differences between the admirers and critics of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died on Saturday, most share one outlook in common. They claim to have divined a continuity in his career despite his apparent shift from ultra-nationalist hawk [...]

Novo, a German publication, has published a translation of my May 2012 spiked essay on the “Petty politics of the anti-inequality brigade” . Auch wenn die egalitäre Rhetorik eine andere Sprache spricht, die Gleichheitsaktivisten unserer Tage mögen weder die Superreichen noch die Unterschicht. Daniel Ben-Ami zeichnet die Geschichte der Gleichheitsbewegung nach und zeigt deren politischen [...]

This article for the Financial Times was published in Friday’s FT Wealth. Every generation has thinkers who support the right to accumulate great wealth. Such figures are reviled by egalitarians for defending the indefensible: upholding privilege and hierarchy while the common man or woman suffers impoverishment. Conservatives typically respond that social inequality can benefit society [...]

My latest book review for the Financial Times was published in Friday’s FT Wealth. The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Energy Revolution, by Gregory Zuckerman, Portfolio Penguin, 2013 In just five years, the US has enjoyed a remarkable transformation in the way its energy prospects are perceived. Until the middle of the [...]