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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This is the text of my recent spiked review. Strip out the noise of everyday bickering and it is possible to identify the core ideals that make up the West’s dominant political outlook. They are easily spelt out, even if the perspective itself is difficult to label. In principle, they include basic rights and duties, [...]
My latest spiked review argues that the idea of fairness is antithetical to freedom, prosperity and true equality. You can read it here and I will post the text at a later date.
My essay on the critics of inequality, previously previewed on spiked Plus, is now freely available on spiked. Its key innovation is to make a fundamental distinction between contemporary critics of inequality and support for equality. It is easy to make the mistake of assuming there is a big drive towards equality in the world [...]
My recent spiked review of Pity the Billionaire is the lead item on Real Clear Books today. The site looks like a useful portal for coverage of non-fiction books.
“The economic crisis that first hit the US in 2008 put one of America’s leading left-wing writers in an awkward spot. Only for Thomas Frank, it was not the risk of unemployment or lower wages. Instead, the financial crisis and subsequent recession threatened to undermine his pet theory: that conservatives had somehow duped ordinary Americans [...]
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