Give pessimists the benefit of the doubt
By Staff blogger - 30 June 13:00

One of the curiosities of our arguments over the environment is how often those who deny the damage manage to portray themselves as victims: big corporations inhibited from making an honest profit, caring politicians prevented from helping the hungry (see Katharine Ainger, page 22), lonely acade

The man who demanded a recount
By Jason Cowley - 30 June 13:00

A vegetarian, cycle-riding opponent of Nato: Bjorn Lomborg was as green and as left as they come. Th

"Kindly tell our agonies to your scientists . . ."
By Katharine Ainger - 30 June 13:00

"Kindly tell our agonies to your scientists . . ."

Sex and the single duck
By David Cox - 30 June 13:00

David Cox unfolds a distressing story of abduction, racial prejudice and murder - all in the name of

Read less, think more
By Roger Scruton - 23 June 13:00

Looking for Spinoza: joy, sorrow and the feeling brain

Antonio Damasio <em>William Heinemann, 355p

Nanotechnology - Science's next frontier or just a load of bull?
By Philip Ball - 23 June 13:00

This resin sculpture, crafted by laser beams, is the size of a red blood cell. But that's gigantic,

NS Essay - Faith in political action is dead; it is technology that expresses the dream of a transformed world
By John Gray - 23 June 13:00

The Matrix films echo the choice of the west's affluent majority, who prefer the virtual reality sho

The altar of fire
By Tim Parks - 16 June 13:00

In a world without faith or metaphysics, we need a grand illusion like the European Union. Even with

The road to a cool Europa
By Mark Leonard - 16 June 13:00

Mark Leonard, who proposed to rebrand Britain in 1997, offers his prescription for a sexier and more

Proudly ignorant
By Nicholas Fearn - 09 June 13:00

The Making of a Philosopher

Colin McGinn <em>Scribner, 241pp, £10</em>

ISBN 0743231791

Do we need nature? A modest answer
By Paul Kingsnorth - 09 June 13:00

Paul Kingsnorth submits his entry for a widely advertised essay prize. His praise for corporate effo

The new censorship
By Sara Paretsky - 02 June 13:00

Sara Paretsky on the chilling climate in America, where a visit to a foreign-language website can ge

A swing on the Iranian web
By Tom Allen - 26 May 13:00

Observations on the internet

A universal culture
By Stephen Howe - 19 May 13:00

Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures: a Ziauddin Sardar reader

Edited by Sohail Inayatullah and

Modernisation? We didn't mean this
By Robin Cook - 19 May 13:00

Robin Cook demands that Tony Blair put forward two simple alternatives for Lords reform: an all-appo

America - Andrew Stephen gets spam with everything
By Andrew Stephen - 19 May 13:00

This country is drowning in spam. It now accounts for nearly half of all e-mails and it is growing a

The tyranny of the topical
By Edward Skidelsky - 12 May 13:00

Lives of the Mind: the use and abuse of intelligence, from Hegel to Wodehouse

Roger Kimball <em>Iv

The crystal balls turn cloudy
By James Harkin - 12 May 13:00

Observations on futurology

Soft in the head
By Michael Barrett - 28 April 13:00

How the Cows Turned Mad

Maxime Schwartz (translated by Edward Schneider) <em>University of Califor

Why religion is good for us
By Theodore Dalrymple - 21 April 13:00

Theodore Dalrymple, an atheist, argues belief in God makes you a better person, both morally and pra

NS Essay - 'Capitalism itself is a false target; the evil is the form we have now, which Jefferson, Madison and Keynes all warned against'
By Colin Tudge - 21 April 13:00

Even Gordon Brown and Clare Short want corporations to get stuck in to poor countries and make them

Wit and wisdom
By Staff blogger - 14 April 13:00

Ninety years ago, when Beatrice and Sidney Webb founded the <em>New Statesman</em>, they pledged tha

NS Special Report - 'For Somalis, their trust in British law is about - and this is their word - being ''civilised'', meaning treated with respect'
By Alex McBride - 07 April 13:00

Somali immigrants in London have imported their own system of sharia justice. Alex McBride reports o

The foolish hopes of Washington's new Jacobins
By John Gray - 31 March 13:00

America's neoconservatives have the same utopian ambitions as the revolutionaries of 18th-century Fr

Germ rights
By Michael Barrett - 31 March 13:00

Smallpox: the fight to eradicate a global scourge

David Koplow <em>University of California Press,

NS Essay - 'Envy was the midwife of social justice; now, it reduces the happiness of those who have little to complain about'
By Richard Reeves - 31 March 13:00

Richard Reeves argues that, if we really want people to be more contented, we should think of how we

When a mobile phone becomes "a terrorist article"
By Neil Clark - 31 March 13:00

When a mobile phone becomes "a terrorist article"