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 […]
For those who cannot face reading Thomas Piketty’s 700 page tome on inequality – and there must be a huge number of buyers who have just left it lying on the coffee table – a quick primer. His interview on the BBC Hardtalk programme gives a good quick “cheat” on where he is coming from. […]
One of the most bizarre features of Thomas Piketty’s sudden rise to fame as a superstar economist is his alleged affinity for Karl Marx. Both fans and critics of the French author of the bestselling tome have frequently portrayed him as a Modern Marx and a revolutionary. This is hardly surprising since Piketty presents himself […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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