politics and the economy
Play the man, not the balls-up
17 August 2013
The fixation with personality has mutated to a point where the use of insult and invective dominates the election debate.
Rudd v Gillard: the face of things to come
27 June 2013
The bloodless coup against Gillard isn't a peculiarly Oz phenomenon – across the West politics is becoming more oligarchical and bitchy.
The struggle to moralise capitalism
25 January 2013
A fascinating exploration of the role of liberal intellectuals such as Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek in the rehabilitation of free-market ideology also exposes the crisis of liberalism in the modern era.
Don’t wink at the nudge plan
5 October 2012
The casual manner in which the advocates of nudge dismiss the right of people to behave in accordance with their intuition and instincts exposes their soft authoritarian ambitions.
The intolerant war on ‘parochial pensioners’
24 September 2012
In forever fretting about the ‘bigoted attitudes’ of ordinary people, Britain’s political class exposes its own prejudices.
„Keiner wagt mehr etwas“
11 August 2012
Angstforscher Frank Furedi über tatsächliche Gefahr, empfundene Bedrohungen und darüber, warum wir ohne Bereitschaft zum Risiko nicht von der Stelle kommen.
Austerity not inevitable in long term, but tough measures needed in meantime
12 May 2012
Europe is suffering from a serious bout of nerves about its future, best summed up in French as demondialisation. The strict translation is "deglobalisation", but the sentiment behind it is better understood as "stop the world, I want to get off".
Hating bankers a global sport
8 February 2012
The simpleton's denunciation of money as the source of all evil has been transformed into a demonology used by any public figure in search of applause.
Message to EU meddlers: Hands off Hungary!
23 January 2012
Brussels’ culture war against the ‘white savages’ of Hungary is destroying democracy and helping to boost reactionary right-wingers.
Eurokrise: Wohin mit der lästigen Demokratie?
11 January 2012
In den vergangenen Monaten ist deutlich geworden, dass die Europäische Union nicht bloß unter einem Demokratiedefizit leidet.