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).

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UK Politics
30 September 2002
When new Labour came to power in May 1997, it accepted the framework of economic policy it inherited from the...
Culture
16 September 2002
The belief that there is no such thing as human nature has come to be the core dogma of radical humanism. Marxists and...
Politics
19 August 2002
In the 20th century the state was the chief enemy of freedom. Today, it is the weakness of the state that most...
Economics
29 July 2002
The triumph of global capitalism was one of the better practical jokes of history. Long before capitalism began to...
Law
22 July 2002
According to Edward O Wilson, the greatest living Darwinian thinker, the earth is entering a new evolutionary era. We...
Books
01 July 2002
Like many of Elmore Leonard's characters, Dennis Lenahan takes big risks chasing small gains. A man with few talents...
Ideas
24 June 2002
Fidel Castro has ordered Cuban biotechnologists to clone a new breed of cow. The ageing caudillo sees the cloning...
International Politics
27 May 2002
In the lexicon of contemporary cant, modernisation signifies everything that is worth striving for. Who wants to be...
International Politics
13 May 2002
The relationship of Britain to the rest of Europe can be seen as thoroughly neurotic - or surprisingly sane. Refusing...
Books
29 April 2002
"The sacrosanct fetish of today is science." Mr Vladimir, first secretary at the Russian embassy in Joseph Conrad's...
Books
08 April 2002
Aldous Huxley is easy to dislike. The offspring of a formidable intellectual dynasty - he was the grandson of T H...
International Politics
25 March 2002
In Buenos Aires last August, I met the last finance minister to serve the government of the dictator Juan Peron. I...
Books
03 December 2001
Outside of a small circle of devotees, J C Powys is the only one of the three Powys brothers who is widely read today....
Food and Drink
15 October 2001
In his marvellous compendium of the higher gossip, Our Age, Noel Annan argues that Michael Young was "the most original...

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