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.

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World Affairs
21 April 2003
When Donald Rumsfeld declared that peace could be achieved only by unconditional surrender he revealed a crucial flaw...
UK Politics
31 March 2003
Around two hundred years ago, the great French reactionary thinker Joseph de Maistre wrote of "the profound imbecility...
10 March 2003
10 March 2003: John Gray on Iraq.
17 February 2003
A new phase in the evolution of liberal values is under way in the United States. America's most celebrated defender of...
03 February 2003
It is a common error to believe that Karl Marx is not to be blamed for the crimes and tragedies of communism....
20 January 2003
According to Javier Solana, formerly secretary general of Nato and currently the European Union's high representative...
16 December 2002
Of all the myths spawned by the Enlightenment, the idea that we live in a secular age is the most absurd. Throughout...
02 December 2002
The Aerodrome: a love story has been called the best novel ever written about fascism. Certainly no other novel - none...
25 November 2002
The new world order is consigned to the rubbish heap, and the outlines of the world in which we will live over the...
28 October 2002
Tony Benn and Jeffrey Archer do not have a lot in common. The pious parliamentarian and the flamboyant former Tory...
International Politics
28 October 2002
With the fall of communism, it might have been expected that the specialists who were charged with keeping Lenin's...
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...
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...
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...