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.
As the far right rises across Europe, how can liberal democracies confront populist nationalism? New books by Francis Fukuyama and Kwame Anthony Appiah examine the perils of identity politics – but their solutions do not go far enough.
The Russian author turned 15 years in the Gulag into fiction of extraordinary daring. His stories are timely reminders of the human cost of communism.
Douglas Murray’s bestseller The Strange Death of Europe claims mass immigration is to blame for the continent’s “suicide”. But it is hubris, not Islam, that is dismantling the liberal world order.
Reading Aickman’s strange stories is to glimpse a reality you would prefer to forget.
Liberals have consistently misread the present – and their complacency is pushing us into a new authoritarian era.
The fundamentals of Western politics are under threat. So what’s next?
In some ways, the revolutionaries of 1968 helped capitalism flourish.
To think of this book as any kind of scholarly exercise is a category mistake. The purpose of Pinker’s laborious work is to reassure liberals that they are on “the right side of history”.
The US president, for all his anti-establishment posturing, has turned out to be a servant of an oligarchy he professed to despise.
Norman Davies explainas how the places in which human beings fashion their identities are shaped by migration and the vagaries of power.