Category: culture

Spirited Away

How the counterculture fell prey to the far-right’s conspiracy theories.

Oil Spots

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.

Outer Turmoil

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

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

Black Box

Unesco’s tragicomic aversion to public engagement.

Screened Out

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.

Imaginary Friends

Celebrity is not harmless fun – it’s the lieutenant of exploitation.

Talking Cure

Only by crossing social boundaries and coming together can we resist the forces that threaten to crush us.

All Change

An ability to contest the circumstances of our birth is an essential element of our humanity.

Human Kind

Fascinating new lines of research suggest that we are good people, tolerating bad things.

The Dawning

How I caught a glimpse, through the unlikely medium of roadkill, of what lies beneath.

The Abuses of Enchantment

The cruelties of factory farming shelter behind a fairytale image, promoted by advertisers and children’s authors.