The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits — are winners losing?

When Michael Young coined the term “meritocracy” in 1958, he worried it would not be…

Cry Freedom

It took liberals just two decades to turn from hubris to hand-wringing. When the Berlin…

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…