Materialism promises satisfaction. It delivers despair. Read more.
Category archives: culture
The Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status shows just what a mess conservation is in. Read more.
Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense. Read more.
The ignorance and philistinism of those who attack nature lovers knows no bounds. Read more.
We are haunted by psychological equipment which was invaluable in the hunter-gatherer past, but is now vestigial. Read more.
Are repeated sightings of non-existent big cats evidence of a yearning for a wilder life? Read more.
What could be sillier and more invidious than the Observer’s “eco-power list”? Read more.
Progressive causes are failing: here’s how they could be turned around Read more.
Why the sudden surge in climate change denial? Could it be about something else altogether? Read more.
Rising rates of teen pregnancy and STDs in the United States are the result of programmes intended to stamp them out. Read more.
The UN’s proposal for decriminalisation is senseless and destructive Read more.
You don’t have to be a nationalist, or English, to accept the case for an English parliament. Read more.
Dr Beeching helped turn the country I’ve come to love into an outpost of empire. Now his legacy can be reversed. Read more.