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John Gray is the New Statesman's lead book reviewer. His latest book is "The Immortalisation Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death (Penguin, £9.99).
Political violence, past and present.
Civilisation’s gains and losses.
Why tolerate religion? Most of our beliefs are unwarranted, even absurd, says John Gray.
Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J G Ballard, 1967-2008 - review.
The author of Leviathan was never interested in freedom or democracy as ends in themselves. There was always a strain of despotism in Enlightenment thinking.
The archbishop goes beyond the wardrobe door.
Red or dead.
The horror that followed.
Treating everything as a commodity ruins the moral fabric of society.