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Pikettymania: Thou shalt not doubt St Thomas

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Why does any criticism of Thomas Piketty really rattle liberal observers? Read my spiked article in full here.

Pricking the Piketty bubble

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a thoroughly uninspiring, data-heavy dirge. Read my review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, in the spiked review of books, here.

Oklahoma: a swirling storm of anti-human prejudice

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As people in Oklahoma heroically dealt with their tornado disaster, observers were busy pinning the blame for it on greedy mankind. Read my spiked article in full here.

Mead on the pessimism of today’s liberal elites

For the past year or so, Walter Russell Mead has written extensively on The American Interest website about the steady disintegration of the post-New Deal social order, which he calls the “blue social model”. Mead, a professor at Bard College and a prolific blogger, argues that we cling to old notions, even as our economy and society have […]

A bad cliffhanger

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The US “fiscal cliff” talks were depicted as a tense dash to save America, but in truth all the big questions were left out. Read my spiked article in full here.

A bad cliffhanger

Congress and the President went past its own deadline of midnight on December 31st, but a day later reached a deal on the so-called “fiscal cliff”. With its vote late on Tuesday night, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving legislation that will avoid tax increases for most Americans and scheduled cuts in […]

New York City’s economy: more than Wall Street?

That’s the title of a chapter I wrote for a new book, London After Recession: A Fictitious Capital? The book is edited by three University of East London academics – Gavin Poynter, Iain Macrury and Andrew Calcutt - and is published by Ashgate. One of the aspects I was surprised to learn in researching the topic […]

The Democrats’ “New Clerisy”

Joel Kotkin has a very perceptive article in The Daily Beast on the new Democratic Party coalition formed under President Barack Obama. I’ve often struggled with coming up with a term that summarizes the variety of interest groups that comprise this coalition and their outlook, and Kotkin has come up with one that may be […]

Obama and the end of great expectations

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Four years ago the American presidential race excited people as no election in recent memory had.  Not only would the election of Barack Obama mark the symbolic achievement of the first black president. Obama the candidate ran on an uplifting campaign promising “hope” and “change”. He would be a “transformative” president. His message energized many. […]

Goading Goldman Sachs: a new sport

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Half self-promotion, half banker-bashing, there was nothing brave about Greg Smith’s resignation letter. Read my spiked article in full here.

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