Authoritarianism

Hugo Chavez – the ballet

28 November 2014 17:12

Here’s something to watch next time you’re visiting Venezuela, if you can avoid getting murdered while you’re there – a…

The Philpott case is horrific; so is the attempt to hijack it for any political purpose

5 April 2013 16:15

The sorry truth of the Philpott case is that almost nothing can be learnt from it. Everything would be so…

A ban on smoking in cars should be unthinkable

16 November 2011 14:30

It’s tempting to respond to the BMA’s extraordinary proposal to ban smoking in cars with a Thin End of the…

Come on Europe; support the freedom you claim to love

1 February 2011 14:54

The Middle East is being rocked to its authoritarian core, as pro-democracy protesters defy Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the eighth…

Stability versus freedom? 

18 January 2011 15:32

Since the Iraq War, there has been a protracted silence about whether or not the West should promote democracy and…

Freedom in the desert

15 January 2011 10:50

When in power, authoritarian regimes can look immovable – even when, in hindsight, they turn out to have been brittle.…

Insane culture

10 July 2010 18:08

I’ve just flicked on the television in search of fresh disasters. The news that Raoul Moat shot himself when cornered…

The rebirth of history

11 February 2010 16:10

We have Francis Fukuyama writing a cover piece for us this week, revisiting his ‘End of History’ thesis. When he…

Escape from the Village

10 February 2009 20:17

Patrick McGoohan’s character never made it out of “the village”. But I’m back in London after a six hour journey…