Posts Tagged ‘book

My latest book review was published in the Spiked Review yesterday. From the title onwards, Utopia for Realists is an exercise in sophistry. Despite the ample use of revolutionary rhetoric, the consequence of its proposals would be a hyper-austerity that would make the most hawkish free marketeer blush. Let’s start with the book’s outsized claims. […]

This is the full text of my book review that was in the Financial Times last Friday. At first sight it is hard to see how anyone could object. Many of the world’s richest people are devoting vast sums towards helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. In some cases, the causes […]

On Friday the Financial Times published my review of David Callahan’s The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. I will upload the text in the next few days but in the meantime it is available to read here (you may need to register to gain access).

Yesterday the Financial Times published my review of JC Sharman’s The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management. Ever thought who the fellow customers of your bank might be? No doubt the vast majority are decent, hard-working people but could they include foreign leaders who have embezzled many millions from their impoverished countries? Nowadays it is unlikely […]

Novo magazine has published a German translation of my spiked article defending rational man. Die Verhaltensökonomie bietet eine pseudowissenschaftliche Legitimation für antidemokratische Einstellungen. Unsere persönliche Sicht auf politische Zusammenhänge hängt zu großen Teilen davon ab, ob wir glauben, dass Menschen dazu fähig sind, vernünftige Entscheidungen zu treffen. Es ist keine Übertreibung zu behaupten, dass die […]

Last Friday spiked published an article by me on behavioural economics. An individual’s stance on politics largely depends on his view of the capacity of humans to exercise reason. It is no exaggeration to say that the ideas of freedom and democracy are premised on the notion that people can act rationally. Think of any […]

My latest book review for the Financial Times was published on 2 December. For anyone who sees environmentalism as a radical outlook, its adoption by business must be bewildering. The examples are legion. From the World Wildlife Fund credit card from Bank of America to Conservation International’s partnership with McDonald’s to promote Happy Meals; and […]

This is the text of my review of  The Market as God for the Financial Times. It was published on Friday 21 October.  Just across the piazza from Milan’s magnificent Gothic cathedral, the Duomo di Milano, stands one of the first shopping malls in the world. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a temple of modern […]

The Financial Times has published my review of The Market as God by Harvey Cox. I will upload the text in the next few days but meanwhile here is the link. You may need to register (free) to read it.

Those who know German would do well to read Zeitgeisterjagd (Hunting the Zeitgeist) by Matthias Heitmann. The German author explores the dire consequences of the spirit of the times we live in. Risk aversion has infused public and private life to such an extent that we think of ourselves as unable to act upon the […]