Posts Tagged ‘inequality

My latest book review in the Financial Times was published on Friday 4 May Understanding the lives of the wealthy in contemporary Russia is like opening up a traditional matryoshka wooden doll: the distinctive external form clearly shapes the contents. Russia is a world away from the textbook model of a free market in which […]

On 26 March the Academy of Ideas (formerly the Institute of Ideas) distributed a podcast version of last year’s Battle of Ideas debate on “Silicon Valley from Heroes to Zeroes” in which I was panellist. The session explored the backlash against Silicon Valley in the policy and public debates. A lot has happened in this […]

Yesterday the Financial Times published my latest book review. There is one battle that even the wealthiest person is bound to lose. Even the most advanced medical technology can only postpone, rather than overcome, the inevitability of death. Some argue that, before long, regenerative medicine will transcend this reality but, for the time being at […]

On Friday 1 December the Financial Times published my review of Noam Cohen’s The Know It Alls. I have pasted it below including some sentences that were cut (in bold). The Know-It-Alls does not quite accuse the most famous entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley of devouring human flesh but its claims are not that far off. […]

A reminder that I will be debating “Silicon Valley: from heroes to zeroes” at the Battle of Ideas in London next weekend. Do come along to the whole event.

My Financial Times review of William Domhoff’s Studying the Power Elite looks at the historical discussion of political power in America. Should wealthy individuals have a greater say in the running of modern democratic societies than other citizens? The official answer nowadays is, arguably, no. In the early days of the US, however, voting was […]

Here belatedly is the full text of my article published in German in Novo on 2 October. It is in turn a translation of an article from spiked. Ein neues Buch präsentiert das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen als utopische Vision. In Wahrheit hätte es die Verarmung der Bevölkerung zur Folge. Das Buch „Utopie für Realisten“ von Rutger […]

A reminder that I’ll be talking on “Who really runs the UK?” in Shoreditch this coming Tuesday evening. Hope you can come along.

I will be speaking on Silicon Valley from Heroes to Zeroes on the second day of the weekend Battle of Ideas festival in London on  28-29 October. Come along to the whole event if you can.

My review of James Montague’s The Billionaires Club: The unstoppable rise of football’s super-rich owners was published by the Financial Times last Friday (1 September). In The Wire, the acclaimed US television crime drama, Detective Lester Freamon says: “You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money […]