Posts Tagged ‘inequality

The extent to which inequality has come to be blamed for most of the world’s economic problems is astounding. Will Hutton, principal of Hertford College, Oxford, summed up the charges in an Observer article earlier this year: “It’s inequality that is behind poverty, ill health and the growth of the welfare bill. It’s inequality propelling the […]

There is something profoundly disturbing about the reaction to Russell Brand’s rants but it has nothing to do with his garbled slogans or juvenile demeanour. It is rather that many influential people seem to respect the middle-aged comedian’s views. His recent appearance on the BBC2 Newsnight programme was more of a tirade than an interview. Much of […]

This is the text of my book review from last Friday’s Financial Times. Any serious attempt to understand the US’s current impasse by moving outside the conventional framework should be welcome. The stale pairings of liberal and conservative, right and left, no longer cut it. Joel Kotkin, an American academic and author, has come up […]

My latest book review for the Financial Times is on Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict (free registration may be necessary to read). I will post the full text at a later date.  

A reminder that Daniel will be introducing a discussion of America’s new technocratic elite at the Institute of Ideas Economy Forum in London tomorrow evening.

I will be introducing a discussion of America’s technocratic elite at the Institute of Ideas Economy Forum on 16 September in London.

This is my column for the July issue of Fund Strategy. Those who work in investment are more guilty than most of being too ready to accept the authority of numbers. Words can be doubted but numbers are often seen as virtually sacrosanct. Indeed, financial news often revolves around numbers. An index is down by […]

This is the text of my piece on global inequality from last Friday’s Financial Times. It is perhaps the ultimate killer fact: Oxfam, the aid organisation, estimates the 85 richest people in the world own as much wealth as the bottom half of the global population. The figure grabbed global media attention and was even […]

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. […]