Economist and author Dan O’Neill and journalist and author Daniel Ben-Ami go head-to-head. This debate is from the May issue of New Internationalist. Feel free to comment on the magazine’s site. Dan Kenneth Boulding once warned that anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an [...]
My appearance on this morning’s BBC1 Big Questions programme is available to watch on iPlayer for the next week. The three topics were whether it was right to take from the rich to give to the poor; should we “go forth and multiply” and whether the Grand National horse race should be banned. Probably the [...]
One of the most peculiar but least understood developments of our time is the emergence of billionaires against capitalism. Even some of the greatest beneficiaries of the market system seem deeply disillusioned with it. Bill Gates provided a striking example this week when he slated the market for distorting important priorities. He reportedly told a [...]
Why Philanthropy Matters, by Zoltan J Acs, Princeton University Press, 2013, RRP£19.95 Why do those Americans who succeed in accumulating vast fortunes often end up giving away so much of their hard-earned money? The question is posed sharply by such initiatives as the Giving Pledge, launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in 2010. Since [...]
A video of my Manchester Salon debate on inequality with Danny Dorling is available to watch here.
Spiked has published an updated version of my essay on inequality and the crisis. The notion that high inequality caused the economic and financial crisis that emerged in America in 2007-8 has become widely accepted. This claim should not be confused with the argument that an unequal society is morally or political undesirable. Instead it [...]
I feature in this short film by Worldwrite on the debate about inequality.
This is a comment by me on the Guardian’s comment is free website As the tallest building in Europe it dwarfs the others in the capital. Its distinctive style stands at odds with the historical buildings in the city centre. Prominent writers complained about its construction but the city’s inhabitants have generally come to love [...]
This is my latest book review for the Financial Times. Those with a weak heart might best avoid reading The Real Crash. In it Peter Schiff, an investment and economic commentator, makes a strong case that the real economic turmoil is yet to come. So far we have only seen the tremor before the earthquake. [...]
Michael Savage’s Trickle Down Tyranny is probably the nuttiest book I have ever reviewed for a mainstream publication. For a start he seriously compares Barack Obama to Lenin. You can read the review here (free registration may be required) or below. It is hard to suppress a frisson of excitement associated with doing something illicit [...]
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