NS Essay - When it comes to family, sex, food and booze, people hate being told what to do
By Richard Reeves - 02 February 12:00

Ministers should ignore the "nanny state" taunts. They may face opposition at first but, as drink-dr

How the English became obsessed with property
By Tristram Hunt - 02 February 12:00

The sense of individualism and fear of revolution gave rise to the cult of the home. Only now do we

America - Andrew Stephen explains why we won't go to Mars
By Andrew Stephen - 02 February 12:00

Bush's announcement of a mission to Mars is complete bunkum. The technology to get human beings ther

The big squeeze
By Richard Cook - 26 January 12:00

Music - Richard Cook turns the tables on the latest gismo to transform the hi-fi industry

NS Essay - The public domain is a gift of history. Now it is at risk
By David Marquand - 19 January 12:00

Ideals of service, equity and civic duty that once counted even in private firms are all but gone. M

The underground men
By Jason Cowley - 12 January 12:00

Some find true freedom when they are confined; others, like Saddam Hussein, meet their nemesis. From

American dreams
By Geoff Dyer - 12 January 12:00

Comics - Geoff Dyer on how the comic-strip superhero has become a metaphor for self-transformation

NS Essay 1 - People no longer have the confidence to follow their own consciences
By Frank Field - 15 December 12:00

Our big problem is not crime but yobbery and the loss of common decency. Police, schools and the wel

Out of this world
By Alex James - 15 December 12:00

Music 2003 - Alex James reports back from his mission to discover life on Mars

NS Essay 5 - On a (leftish) wing and a prayer?
By Richard Reeves - 15 December 12:00

Religion is a dirty word in British politics. But a faith system that emphasised social good might b

Santa is green, really
By Mark Lynas - 15 December 12:00

Buried deep beneath the schmaltz and tinsel of this season of excess is a message for us about our p

NS Essay 4 - The US has rogue leaders, but that does not make it a rogue state
By Jennifer Rankin - 15 December 12:00

America has plenty to answer for, but the country itself set the standards by which we habitually ju

Some smells are heaven scent
By Ziauddin Sardar - 15 December 12:00

Modern, branded perfumes are as ubiquitous as junk food - and just as bad for you. Ziauddin Sardar r

NS Essay 3 - In defence of lust
By Simon Blackburn - 15 December 12:00

Simple desire gets a worse press than love because it really does make fools of men, even of preside

The bloggers of Westminster
By Gavin Sheridan - 15 December 12:00

Gavin Sheridan and Tom Wilson have a cautionary tale for MPs who don't keep up with technology

NS Essay 2 - New science, old myth
By John Gray - 15 December 12:00

From the Middle Ages through Marx to the free market, humankind has clung desperately to the idea of

My big conversation with the PM
By Helen McCarthy - 15 December 12:00

Helen McCarthy suggests citizens may use mobile technology to create their own forms of democracy

Russia 3 - Why the dragon will outrun the bear
By Nicholas Watt - 01 December 12:00

Ever since he travelled to the Soviet Union and China as a young man nearly 20 years ago, Nicholas W

NS Essay - 'We are faced with a tyranny of small decisions; choices that turn out to be double- edged swords'
By Richard Reeves - 24 November 12:00

What we buy, which school the kids go to - daily life presents a growing array of options. Would we

A Janus-faced world
By Robert Skidelsky - 17 November 12:00

The Breaking of Nations: order and chaos in the 21st century

Robert Cooper <em>Atlantic Books, 180

Prize Essay - Can developing nations be independent?
By Anthony Painter - 17 November 12:00

Today's globalised economy is dominated by a single ideology, but the frontiers which imprison poor

The rise of the cyber-coolies
By Praful Bidwai - 10 November 12:00

Call a helpline these days and you may well speak to someone in India doing a job "outsourced" from

NS Essay - Michael Howard may turn out to be the Tory leader who lays Thatcher's ghost
By John Gray - 10 November 12:00

It is an ugly prospect, but a strong state, old Labour on public services and right-wing on immigran

Northern lights
By Magnus Magnusson - 10 November 12:00

Capital of the Mind: how Edinburgh changed the world

James Buchan <em>John Murray, 436pp, £20 </em

Down to earth
By Bryan Appleyard - 10 November 12:00

Backroom Boys: the secret return of the British boffin

Francis Spufford <em>Faber & Faber, 250pp,

The president wins the midfield battle
By Alex Bellos - 03 November 12:00

Watch out Washington! Lula, Brazil's new leader, bent on social and economic reform in defiance of t

NS Essay - "We are witnessing the death of the political personality"
By Richard Reeves - 27 October 12:00

The great problem of our age is not too much presentation - Churchill did soundbites - but the loss