Is taxation theft?
The assumption that you own the contents of your pay-packet, although almost universal, is demonstrably confused
The quitting economy
When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit
End-times for humanity
Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before, and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly fragile. Why?
Theory from the ruins
The Frankfurt school argued that reason is dangerous, mass culture deadening, and the Enlightenment a disaster. Were they right?
Join the party of love
Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics
What is good rhetoric?
Plato said we ought to be suspicious of persuasive speakers and the appeal to emotions. But rhetoric can be a civic good
In defence of hierarchy
As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It's time we remembered
The last hollow laugh
Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic
The power thinker
Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever
The new authoritarians
Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as ‘new men’. This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?
Fire, hatred and speed!
The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany
Shame on you
Unburdening ourselves online can feel radical and liberating. But is baring and sharing all as emancipatory as it seems?
How not to be a chucklehead
Saturday mornings with J L Austin in postwar Oxford were a golden time for wordplay, silly jokes and serious philosophy