Economist and author Dan O’Neill and journalist and author Daniel Ben-Ami go head-to-head. This debate is from the May issue of New Internationalist. Feel free to comment on the magazine’s site. Dan Kenneth Boulding once warned that anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an [...]
I rarely write about Israeli politics nowadays but this film review is one of my occasional forays into the subject. The Gatekeepers is a remarkable documentary that illustrates an important shift in Israeli attitudes over the past four decades. Unfortunately, most Western commentators only see in it a confirmation of their own prejudices. Dror Moreh, [...]
My appearance on this morning’s BBC1 Big Questions programme is available to watch on iPlayer for the next week. The three topics were whether it was right to take from the rich to give to the poor; should we “go forth and multiply” and whether the Grand National horse race should be banned. Probably the [...]
One of the most peculiar but least understood developments of our time is the emergence of billionaires against capitalism. Even some of the greatest beneficiaries of the market system seem deeply disillusioned with it. Bill Gates provided a striking example this week when he slated the market for distorting important priorities. He reportedly told a [...]
Why Philanthropy Matters, by Zoltan J Acs, Princeton University Press, 2013, RRP£19.95 Why do those Americans who succeed in accumulating vast fortunes often end up giving away so much of their hard-earned money? The question is posed sharply by such initiatives as the Giving Pledge, launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in 2010. Since [...]
A video of my Manchester Salon debate on inequality with Danny Dorling is available to watch here.
I will be debating Danny Dorling, one of Britain’s leading experts on inequality, at the Manchester Salon on the evening of Tuesday 26 February. Details can be found here.
Spiked has published an updated version of my essay on inequality and the crisis. The notion that high inequality caused the economic and financial crisis that emerged in America in 2007-8 has become widely accepted. This claim should not be confused with the argument that an unequal society is morally or political undesirable. Instead it [...]
This is the video of my debate on “Why isn’t poverty history yet” at the Battle of Ideas festival in London in October (Jonathan Portes, pictured). Thanks to Worldwrite for producing the video and in particular for cutting out the background noise of birds tweeting in the Barbican Centre auditorium.
This is my latest book review for the FT Wealth section of the Financial Times. Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics, by Daniel Stedman Jones, Princeton University Press, 2012, RRP£24.95 Few appreciate the enigmatic character of free market thinking. The free market has its ardent admirers and its fierce [...]
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