In his latest book Down to Earth, the French thinker warns that facts alone are no defence against populism.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
With as many as 20 presidential hopefuls, the party is not short of candidates to fight Donald Trump. But is anyone truly fit for the task?
Faced with Nissan’s retreat and the decline of manufacturing, the left should take inspiration from the radical 1976 Lucas Plan.
Faced with a dystopian economy, the president is resorting to ever more repressive means to maintain control.
The five-day week feels natural, immortal, set in stone, even though it only arrived with the Industrial Revolution.
The eastern European states, in particular, are tilting ever closer towards authoritarianism.
Would-be splitters aren’t merely preoccupied by anti-Semitism, but it is the issue that makes the easier path of keeping their heads down so unattractive.
The white bird lies on newspaper in the passageway, black-eyed, breathtakingly beautiful, utterly unmarked.
The great historian’s life was defined by a tension between his status as an outsider and his eventual acceptance into the establishment.
Her novels deal with infanticide and sex addiction. So why has Emmanuel Macron chosen her to be an ambassador for French?
When companies know more about us than we know about ourselves.
The Irish writer Fintan O’Toole sees Brexit as driven by ugly insularity and imperial delusions, but he and other critics misunderstand a modern and increasingly tolerant England that seeks a voice of its own.
Five hundred years ago a political and religious crisis tore Europe apart. Now the continent is entering another age of schism.
It is, at the very minimum, ironic that a book about slipping media standards is full of errors.
Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End is a short, ruthlessly heartbreaking book.
A new poem by Steven O’Brien.
Marnie knows there’s something wrong with her. Every day she is plagued by disturbing sexual images.
Michelangelo and Bill Viola both set out to investigate the ineffable – but in a new double show at the Royal Academy, affinities between them are not enough to bridge the divide.
Plus, Channel 4’s Ride Upon the Storm.
Standfirst: In this James Baldwin adaptation, Jenkins’s knack for finding visual equivalents for literary pleasures exceeds expectations.
Plus: a new solo record from Ian Brown.
News presenters all go mad in the end. So why is Evan Davis brisk, frank – and still sane?
“Concert in San Francisco in the 1990s. Audience complained about sound levels, you replied, ‘You don’t think I’m mixing the sound up here while I’m singing, do you?’ We cheered.”
Most of us look back with a certain amount of longing. Two new graphic novels break with tradition.
Thank you, I said, for insisting on having children, I was worried that I would be a terrible father. “You were!!!” she replied, “but they love you so that’s all good.”
A Snickers, going to the loo and listening to the raffle over the PA…
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