This review first appeared in Friday’s edition of FT Wealth. The Society of Equals, by Pierre Rosanvallon, Harvard University Press, 2013 The idea of equality often evokes heated passions. For its critics it can represent insufferable political correctness, punitive taxation and even the nightmare vision of violent revolution. In contrast, its supporters typically see it [...]
Spiked has published my review of two contrasting books on the European Union. I will upload the full text over the weekend.
No Billionaire Left Behind, by Angelique Haugerud, Stanford University Press 2013, RRP$24.95 Imagine stumbling across a demonstration by what appears to be the super-rich in New York’s Central Park. The women carry parasols and are adorned in elegant gowns, tiaras and satin gloves. The men wear tuxedos and top hats. Their placards spell out demands [...]
A link to my spiked review of The Great Gatsby appeared on the Real Clear Books portal site today.
This is my latest article for the Spiked Review of Books The Great Gatsby has become a phenomenon. Not only is there a new blockbuster film, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, but also plays, dance performances and even computer games. The novel sells hundreds of thousands of copies every year and is almost [...]
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is probably unique as a literary novel written in the form of a self-help book. It has several other unusual features. The main protagonist is referred to only as ‘you’ while the other lead character is simply ‘the pretty girl’. Mohsin Hamid’s novel also all takes place [...]
I rarely write about Israeli politics nowadays but this film review is one of my occasional forays into the subject. The Gatekeepers is a remarkable documentary that illustrates an important shift in Israeli attitudes over the past four decades. Unfortunately, most Western commentators only see in it a confirmation of their own prejudices. Dror Moreh, [...]
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 [...]
This is my review of Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats for the November edition of the spiked review of books. How do mere millionaires feel about the increasing number and power of billionaires in the world? A proper answer to this question provides many revealing insights into contemporary politics. It is not only those with normal bank [...]
My latest spiked review is of Michael Sandel’s book on the moral limits of markets. Contemporary views on the proper relationship between the market economy and the state can be divided into two broad types. Critics typically denounce rampant consumerism for fostering greed, corrupting people’s values, corroding communities and widening inequality. In contrast, supporters of [...]
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