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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.
Boris Johnson won a remarkable victory by routing Labour in its old heartlands. But his dilemma is how to cement his alliance with the working class while the cultural establishment remains wedded to progressive values.
He was a child outlaw who embraced his own “evil” in search of an authentic life. But society turned Genet’s rebellion into bourgeois conformity
How Margaret Thatcher consolidated her power – not thanks to the Falklands War, but because of an opposition that underestimated her.
Rather than being the creation of a fanatical Eurosceptic minority, Tory populism is a sign that the Conservative Party is reinventing itself again just as Britain becomes ungovernable.
Christianity is dismissed as a fairy tale but its assumptions underpin the modern secular world.
How could the most rational ruling elite in history have fallen for the most dangerous toxin in politics?
Before Mishima committed ritual suicide on 25 November 1970, he delivered a speech from a balcony in the garrison in central Tokyo, railing against Japan’s semi-pacifist postwar constitution.
Ideas drive history. But what if most ideas are evil?
The European election results confirm that centre-ground elites are losing control and make a no-deal Brexit more likely than ever.
Czapski survived his incarceration in a Soviet prison camp and went on to produce vivid paintings and prose. But his life and work was haunted by the massacre that he escaped.