Prophet of Profit?

The true mark of genius, according to Goethe, is ‘posthumous productivity’. Adam Smith, then, must…

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics

Professor Richard Thaler is a bit lazy, prone to procrastination and likes his booze: his observations, not mine.…

The dismal science cheers up

Something strange has happened. Economics has became fun and is now full of people investigating…

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

In his book Happiness, former Oxford don Theodore Zeldin provided a brilliant description of life in…

Mammon’s Kingdom: An Essay on Britain Now review – David Marquand’s cry of despair

A funny thing happened on the way to this review: I saw Garrison Keillor perform.…

The Great Debate by Yuval Levin

Edmund Burke maintains a strong hold on the English conservative imagination, but is scarcely known…

Why a nudge from the state beats a slap

One of the many competitive advantages American public intellectuals have over their British counterparts is…