In the light of today’s publication of a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a rich country think tank, my spiked essay on inequality is worth rereading. The OECD broadly argues that high and rising inequality damages economic growth whereas I contend that, if anything, causality runs in the other direction. […]
There follows the text of my recent spiked article on austerity. It is widely accepted that Britain’s coalition government, like many of its counterparts across the developed world, is wilfully imposing harsh austerity on the public. In this view, the government is subjecting the population to an ideologically motivated squeeze on living standards in a […]
My latest spiked article disputes the claim that Britain, and the West more generally, is suffering from austerity. The malaise is deeper and wider than the A-word suggests. I will post the full text in the next few days.
I discuss the Gaza conflict alongside Tara McCormack in the latest spiked podcast (although for some inexplicable reason I say “Kuwait” towards the end when I mean “Qatar”!).
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.
An audio recording of last week’s spiked debate on consumerism, with me on the panel, is now available online. Click here.
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 spiked article. Why is the existence of extreme inequality in Britain treated as headline news? Given that a wide gulf between rich and poor is a characteristic feature of capitalist societies, inequality should not come as a surprise to anyone. A walk or drive around virtually any large city is enough […]
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