Russell Brand’s grim trajectory shows us where politics is heading
The Art of Life
Why is life treated as less valuable than the depiction of life?
Almost everyone in public life participates in the assault on truth.
How the counterculture fell prey to the far-right’s conspiracy theories.
The Science Museum’s new exhibition on climate breakdown is funded by an oil company. What could possibly go wrong?
A Zombie Love Story
All over the world, mutual aid groups have blossomed where governments have failed, as people support each other through the pandemic.
Our toxic political system produces toxic leaders. We should design a system that rewards kindness and honesty.
Fearful masculinity harms both men and women. There are better ways of growing up.
Contrary to Reason
Steven Pinker claims to champion Enlightenment values. But his latest book is an affront to them
Stepping Back from the Brink
An astonishing new field of enquiry explores the deep changes that could avert a planetary disaster
The Lie of the Land
The Lake District’s world heritage status reveals a widespread betrayal of the living world, by both conservation groups and the UN
Unesco’s tragicomic aversion to public engagement.
For some of those immersed in virtual worlds, everything loses its meaning – even racism and fascism.
All Together Now
This is how to stop demagogues and extremists: rebuild community.
Celebrity is not harmless fun – it’s the lieutenant of exploitation.
Only by crossing social boundaries and coming together can we resist the forces that threaten to crush us.
The Man in the Mirror
Donald Trump is not an outlier, but the distillation of our dominant values
There Is Such a Thing As Society
Why should plagues of mental illness surprise us, in a world being ripped apart?
Is music an answer to the epidemic of loneliness?
An ability to contest the circumstances of our birth is an essential element of our humanity.