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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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Beauty and evil: Wagner’s Meistersinger and the Goethe Oak phenomenon

Last week, I went to see Tom Stoppard’s Travesties (currently on at The Apollo, starring Tom Hollander – go see it!). Set predominantly in 1917, its central protagonist, Henry Carr (Hollander) is a Wodehousian character for whom Gilbert & Sullivan’s … Continue reading

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We need to talk about duties as well as rights

For the last fortnight I’ve been doing jury service. The case I was assigned was an unpleasant one, but overall I found the experience surprisingly rewarding. My fellow jurors were an engaged, intelligent bunch. As we sat in the courtroom … Continue reading

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What’s really happening to American jobs?

It was the over-riding theme of Trump’s inauguration speech: foreigners, aided and abetted by politicians in Washington, stole our jobs. Now we want them back. ‘For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry,’ yammered the … Continue reading

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Remember, remember the ninth of November

I can’t imagine I’ll forget any time soon where I was on the morning of 9th November 2016 when I saw the news: “Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States of America.” The only time I can … Continue reading

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The search for truth: what are universities for?

Recently, whilst helping to clear out my grandparents’ house, I came across a copy of a lecture my great-grandfather gave in 1952. At the time, he had just been appointed Master of University College, Oxford, becoming the first American in … Continue reading

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Climate change and capitalism: a movement of movements?

“And this brings us to the central question, the burning question. How do we slow down and stop [using fossil fuels] while sustaining our civilisation and continuing to bring millions out of poverty? Not by being virtuous, not by going … Continue reading

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