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 [...]
My piece on trends in household income in the advanced economies was published today in the annual world economy survey in the Financial Times. Beyond the truism that financial crises and recessions are painful, the advanced economies have had widely divergent experiences in recent years. This is clear even at the level of economic growth. [...]
This review first appeared in Friday’s edition of FT Wealth. The Society of Equals, by Pierre Rosanvallon, Harvard University Press, 2013 The idea of equality often evokes heated passions. For its critics it can represent insufferable political correctness, punitive taxation and even the nightmare vision of violent revolution. In contrast, its supporters typically see it [...]
Today’s Financial Times includes two articles by me in its FT Wealth section. My profile of Bill Browder, an anti-Kremlin campaigner, is pasted below and I will upload my latest book review over the weekend. Bill Browder has a stark warning for western investors eyeing opportunities in Russia. “They are not only taking a financial [...]
Spiked has published my review of two contrasting books on the European Union. I will upload the full text over the weekend.
My latest spiked article is a critique of the bank bashers: from David Cameron to UK Uncut: The full text is below. There is at least one area where mainstream politicians can legitimately claim considerable success: they have offloaded much of the blame for the economic crisis from themselves and on to banks and other [...]
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