John Gray is the New Statesman’s lead book reviewer. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom.
Joseph Goebbels embraced barbarism to escape the chaos of his time.
A great philosophical love affair - and the economist fascinated by it.
Ed Miliband wanted to govern a land that doesn’t exist. If his successors seek to change Britain, they must first be ready to understand it.
Insanity was "a disease of civilisation".
John Gray reviews Greg Garrett’s Entertaining Judgement: the Afterlife in Popular Imagination.
For all their lapses, the Labour leaders of the past had a firmer grasp of reality than their contemporary counterparts.
From jealousy to cowardice to greed, the power of vices is to inspire virtue.
The weird realism that runs through Lovecraft’s writings undermines any belief system – religious or humanist – in which the human mind is the centre of the universe.
His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.
From the Inquisition to Isis, religion is blamed for brutality. But violence is a secular creed too.
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