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John Gray is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book is Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life (Allen Lane)
For the spy novelist, espionage was not a thrilling solitary pursuit but an extension of the world we live in.
Why the humiliation of the former prime minister is a fitting end to an era of politics that turned the state into a business.
In a multinational state as divided as Britain has become, an overarching national project is unfeasible.
How the French-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida became one of the most influential thinkers in the world.
Evolution has always been indifferent to the myth of inevitable human progress. Now, in the age of Covid-19, it has turned against us.
While Wells, Huxley and Orwell invented flawed worlds, the Soviet writer was living in one.
Covid-19 has pricked the bubble of human supremacy and revealed our fragility. And the economic destruction means we cannot return to the free-market capitalism that made the pandemic inevitable.
Why there is no single way of life that is right or just for everyone.
Donald Trump was a symptom rather than the cause of the nation’s discontents and the forces he has unlocked are here to stay.
In breaking the link between politics and objective truth, the United States seeks to fashion a new world – but it is one built on shifting sands.