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 [...]
This review was first published on spiked today. The unsubtle message of Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, is that there is a thin line between investment bankers and gangsters. Admittedly, investment banking is not itself illegal and its practitioners are not generally prone to extreme violence. Nevertheless, the film portrays Wall Street [...]
My obituary for Ariel Sharon was first published on spiked today. Despite the bitter differences between the admirers and critics of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died on Saturday, most share one outlook in common. They claim to have divined a continuity in his career despite his apparent shift from ultra-nationalist hawk [...]
Novo, a German publication, has published a translation of my May 2012 spiked essay on the “Petty politics of the anti-inequality brigade” . Auch wenn die egalitäre Rhetorik eine andere Sprache spricht, die Gleichheitsaktivisten unserer Tage mögen weder die Superreichen noch die Unterschicht. Daniel Ben-Ami zeichnet die Geschichte der Gleichheitsbewegung nach und zeigt deren politischen [...]
My latest book review for the Financial Times was published in Friday’s FT Wealth. The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Energy Revolution, by Gregory Zuckerman, Portfolio Penguin, 2013 In just five years, the US has enjoyed a remarkable transformation in the way its energy prospects are perceived. Until the middle of the [...]
Nancy McDermott makes an astute point on equality in her masterly spiked essay on “maternalism”: “Today’s obsession with inequality masks an attack on equal standards and equal rights”.
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has unwittingly endorsed my characterisation of him as a new egalitarian in yesterday’s spiked piece. An article in today’s Guardian quotes him as saying “there is too much inequality” and “my speech was actually a warning against letting inequality go unchecked”.
This article was first published on spiked today. Although last week’s Margaret Thatcher lecture by Boris Johnson was widely understood as a traditional conservative rejection of equality, it was nothing of the sort. It is true that the mayor of London stepped slightly beyond the bounds of what is generally considered appropriate in these oversensitive [...]
This book review was first published on spiked on Friday. One of the most shocking political developments of recent years was the lack of any public outcry at the imposition of unelected regimes in Greece and Italy. In fact, the installation of technocratic governments in both countries in the midst of the Eurozone economic crisis [...]
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