This is the full text of my spiked review of Fred Siegel’s The Revolt Against the Masses. Liberalism is one of a select band of troublesome political concepts that has multiple meanings. Indeed, ‘liberalism’ as used in one context can be the opposite of what it means in another. The attitude of liberalism to freedom […]
My latest spiked book review, on Fred Siegel’s Revolt Against the Masses, is available here. I will post the full text at a later date.
You can hear me discussing liberal elitism on the first ever Spiked Review of Books podcast alongside Rob Killick on Rod Liddle’s new book and Helene Guldberg on Saving Normal.
This is my book review from Friday’s Financial Times. Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp – On the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, by Kenneth P Vogel, PublicAffairs, 2014, RRP$27.99/£18.99 There is a tension at the heart of democratic politics that is hard to resolve. In the electoral sphere […]
The Financial Times has published two articles by me today. The first is a discussion of Oxfam’s claim that the world’s 85 richest individuals own as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. The second is a review of a book on campaign finance in America. You may need to register (free) to […]
This column was first published in the June edition of Fund Strategy. A momentous event in modern world history is scheduled for 2 November. That is the day China is scheduled to overtake America as the world’s largest economic power. The forecast is not by some crank but by Kaushik Basu, the chief economist at the […]
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 […]
Given the Federal Reserve’s role in keeping the American economy afloat in recent years its 100th anniversary has attracted remarkably little attention. The centennial of the central bank provides a good vantage point to examine the increasingly powerful institution. Anyone who doubts the Fed’s part in bolstering the economy in recent years need only look […]
What is the likely impact of policies to redress wide economic inequalities? Many support this goal and some abhor it but few take the trouble to spell out exactly what they mean by equality in this context. Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech provided a good opportunity to unpick the concept. The president […]
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 […]
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