politics and the economy
Who’s to blame for the unravelling of Ukraine?
3 March 2014
Thoughtless Western interference is pushing Ukraine to the brink.
Don’t give Jobbik the victim status it craves
23 January 2014
Excluding it from Britain would only play into its conspiratorial narrative.
Modern slavery: an invented crime
16 December 2013
The myth of modern slavery is built on dodgy stats and political opportunism.
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".