Category Archives: Books

Changing minds: morality, irrationality and sustainability

Lately I’ve been struggling to come to terms with the perversity of my own behaviour. I know that humans are not, for the most part, rational beings. From books like Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow and Jonathan Haidt’s The … Continue reading

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The sickness at the heart of American capitalism – and where it’s leading us

American capitalism is sick. Not just “I think I might stay in bed today” sick. More like “call an ambulance” sick. The sickness has a name. It’s called financialisation. It’s not a bug that’s appeared overnight. It’s crept up on … Continue reading

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The Road to Utopia

Did you know that Richard Nixon almost introduced a basic income policy in 1969? In what he described as ‘the most significant piece of social legislation in our nation’s history,’ Nixon proposed guaranteeing all US citizens a modest amount of … Continue reading

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The best 10 books I read last year

I know it’s a tad late in the season for gift ideas, but books are for life, not just for Christmas so what the hell. Here, in no particular order – well actually they’re in the order I read them … Continue reading

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My year in books – part II – fiction

I still feel like a bit of a novice when it comes to fiction. I read fiction until I was about thirteen – Biggles, The Famous Five, Harry Potter (until the books became off-puttingly long) – and then didn’t pick … Continue reading

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My year in books – part I – non-fiction

December is the month of lists. Not just wish lists for Father Christmas, but a seemingly endless deluge of lists of the “best moments/films/albums/concerts/cat videos of the year” variety. I wouldn’t want loyal readers of this blog (all three of … Continue reading

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Diary – October 2015: Harper Lee, The Barber of Seville and why London beats New York

What do Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and Beaumarchais’s The Marriage of Figaro have in common? The answer is: more than you might think. Both are set against a backdrop of impending revolution – in Beaumarchais’s case, the French … Continue reading

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