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John Gray is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book is Seven Types of Atheism (Allen Lane)
In The Glass Kingdom, Osborne upends our most basic assumptions about the human world.
Human beings have always needed something to leaven the effects of science and religion.
Why we are entering a new age of disorder.
What the fall of Rome teaches us about the twin threats of lethal disease and ecological disaster.
Machiavelli did not revel in tyranny. Instead, quite calmly, he observed that Christian virtues have no place in politics.
The era of peak globalisation is over. For those of us not on the front line, clearing the mind and thinking how to live in an altered world is the task at hand.
Why the idea of a single self only makes sense in a theistic world.
Why an ancient Chinese text on warfare remains a favourite manual for policymakers from Donald Trump to Dominic Cummings.
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