John Gray

Should Religion Be Blamed for the World's Bloodiest Wars?
October 03, 2014

The violence of faith cannot be exorcised by demonizing religion. It goes with being human.

The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins
October 02, 2014

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.

The Moral Philosophy of Captain America
April 02, 2014

If Aristotle could have imagined the Captain’s mission of giving everyone freedom to live as they choose, he would have reacted with incredulous contempt.

Was Nietzsche Right About Religion?
March 21, 2014

Two new books about the ghost at the atheist feast

Malcolm Gladwell Is America's Best-Paid Fairy-Tale Writer
November 21, 2013

What do you get when you read a book that reinforces your beliefs while making you feel nonconformist? 

Margaret Thatcher's Unintended Legacies
August 23, 2013

She wanted a return to a conservative, middle-class England. The country she created is anything but.

The Knowns and the Unknowns
April 20, 2012

Sometime in the early 1970s I had an illuminating conversation with an expert on Soviet affairs.

The Triumphalist
November 09, 2011

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution By Francis Fukuyama    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 585 pp., $35) Ideas about what it means to be modern are soon dated. Not so long ago theories were in vogue claiming that a “scientific-technical revolution” was under way that would lead to a single type of government spreading throughout the world. Originally promoted by Daniel Bell in the 1950s, the theory of convergence suggested that the Soviet Union would evolve to become like the advanced industrial societies of the West.

The Return of an Illusion
June 23, 2011

Why Marx Was Right By Terry Eagleton (Yale University Press, 258 pp., $25) How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism By Eric Hobsbawm (Yale University Press, 470 pp., $35) An intellectual revival of Marxism is one of the predictable consequences of the financial crisis. In the twenty years before the storm broke, the Marxisant intelligentsia was more marginal in politics and culture than it had ever been.