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The battle to define the “21st Century Enlightenment”

Here is an animated video of a recent speech by Matthew Taylor, director of the Royal Society of the Arts, on the “21st Century ...

Focus on the Tea Party, miss what’s going on

Two op-ed pieces today provide some badly-needed perspective on the Tea Party and party politics generally.

First, the Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman is in America, and he has a very sensible opinion piece on the Tea Party in today’s edition. As Rachman rightly points out, the Tea Party “is not as ‘mad’ ...

Currency wars on hold for now

Over the past few weeks we’ve heard lots of discussion about so-called “currency wars”. The US, in particular, has ratched up its rhetoric of complaint against the Chinese for not allowing the value of its currency, the yuan, to appreciate. Japan, Brazil and South Korea have also devalued their currencies in recent ...

This week’s articles of note

“Does school choice ‘work’?” National Affairs, by Frederick M. Hess

“The elections: how bad for the Democrats?” The New York Review of Books, by Michael Tomasky

“As the world burns,” The New Yorker, by Ryan Lizza [on the Senate and climate change]

“The paranoid style in liberal politics,” Commentary, ...

Christie’s tunnel vision

Thumbnail : Christie’s tunnel vision

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday cancelled the largest public transportation project in the country, a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River to Manhattan. It is a very short-sighted move.

The project originally was financed by about ...

“I’m not a witch”

Well, “I’m not a witch” is not what you expect to hear coming out of a candidate’s mouth.

But what’s even more disturbing is Christine O’Donnell saying “I’m you”. ...

Authoritarian NYC to poor: “No soda for you!”

New York has announced another move in its authoritarian campaign against obesity.

Thomas Farley and Richard Daines, the health commissioners for New York City and New York State respectively, have an op-ed in today’s New York Times entitled “No food stamps for sodas”. They announce:

New York City and State are asking the ...

Wall Street 2: we’re all Gordon Gekkos now

Thumbnail : <i>Wall Street 2:</i> we’re all Gordon Gekkos now

In Oliver Stone’s sequel, released in British cinemas today, it’s no longer only the pinstriped bankers who are sinfully greedy – it’s all of us.

Read my spiked article in full here.

The CYA Europe terror alert

The State Department issued a travel alert on the weekend to Americans visiting Europe, warning of a possible terrorist attack. But what’s the point of it?

I’m not saying an attack won’t happen. But what use is a vague warning? Europe is a huge territory – can they be a ...

The Democratic Party “base”

So what’s happening with the Democratic Party’s base in the run-up to the November midterm elections? Not much it seems.

The Wall Street Journal today reports on how union leaders are trying to drum up support for Democratic Party candidates, and are not having much luck. It quotes Debbie Olander of ...

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