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Beyond the West, the assumption that economic liberalism would lead to political liberalism has been disproved.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
So far, the smells emanating from Johnson’s kitchen are promising, yet the mood among Tory MPs is far from sanguine.
I could have walked away, but it’s not in my nature to run from a political battle and I want control of my own destiny.
The country brought back together 30 years ago was a nation not just divided but stunted: its past not fully processed.
I found myself accidentally walking through an anti-Brexit protest in Trafalgar Square munching a Marks & Spencer sandwich.
Contrary to the claims, we’re in danger of becoming a nation of David Brents.
The collapse of the intellectual right.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around the Houses.
Why Paul Stephens, a former detective sergeant who left the Metropolitan Police last year, joined Extinction Rebellion as its police liaison.
The Conservatives’ secret is that they never allow a rival on the right or centre right to gain traction.
The biggest, dirtiest deal in history.
Thirty years ago this month the Berlin Wall came down and with it a stand-off between East and West that had defined the era of the Cold War.
The influential Bulgarian intellectual Ivan Krastev reflects on the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 and on the crisis of the liberal West.
A return to the scene of the 20th century’s greatest accidental revolution.
Before my grandpa was my grandpa, he was a child, born – as my grandmother was some years after him, and later their child, my mother – into the Exclusive Brethren, a Christian sect, in 1921.
Tim Mohr’s history of East German punk is full of vivid characters and raging teenagers.
How Margaret Thatcher consolidated her power – not thanks to the Falklands War, but because of an opposition that underestimated her.
A new poem from Kate Bingham.
The pop icon’s unfinished autobiography offers glimpses of his childlike imagination.
The prose in The Offing is baroque and proudly old-fashioned, the antithesis of Sally Rooney-style sparseness.
Naomi Oreskes makes clear the many reasons we should trust science. Whether or not we find the political will to heed its warnings is another question.
In Isabel Waidner’s Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel, Reebok is discussed along with Robert Rauschenberg, commas enable syntactical flow, and genders blur or disappear.
With longer work hours, the rise of the gig economy and smartphone apps competing for our every waking moment, sleep has become the final frontier of consumer capitalism. No wonder we’re so tired.
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, now in their 70s, reunite for the first time in more than 20 years for The Irishman. This time, the tenor is different.
Baker has created a brilliantly naturalistic depiction of a meeting underscored by office politics.
The TV and books I loved best as a child flattered me by seeming to treat me as an adult: this adaptation will do the same for many children.
What does a writer-in-residence at a cemetery actually do? Precisely as you’d imagine: wanders the graves noting evocative things chiselled in stone.
They have so much more in common than my devotion.
For those who do not know him, Reacher is a tough-as-nails ex-military policeman (US Army) who keeps getting himself into scrapes despite wishing for a quiet life.
The Hollies gave them a lift once. Another time they hitchhiked up the M1, after Ray Davies, then about 19, refused to lend them enough for a ticket back to Coventry
Crowds can be witty and spontaneous, but also elliptical and complicated, booing players for sins committed ages ago, or for ancient quotes attributed to them.
The musician talks the British Office, Tim Cook, and America in the 1400s.
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