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Prospect Magazine

Issue 217

April 2014

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Special report: Barrels of confidence

Bernice Lee
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Shale gas has dramatic consequences for the US

Dictator worship

William Easterly
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The World Bank and many development experts are wedded to the myth that autocrats are good for growth

Can you really learn Chinese?

Jonathan Mirsky
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Politicians are urging children to learn the language—but they don’t know how hard it is

Is technology set to steal your job?

John McDermott
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The growing influence of technology in the workplace is making many professional jobs redundant

Exporting emissions

Paul Bledsoe
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The US must ensure that cuts in its carbon emissions are not countered by rises elsewhere

Book review: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty

Robert Skidelsky
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Why is inequality rising—and will it now fall?

Learning Chinese in China

Daniel Wolf
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Four years studying in Beijing

Reality deficit disorder

Ian Buruma
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A new documentary reveals Donald Rumsfeld as a man burdened neither by reflection nor remorse

Special report: Shared interests in green energy

Malcolm Grimston
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Shale gas does not have to undermine the green energy revolution

If I ruled the world: Simon Callow

Simon Callow
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Stop English changing, for Shakespeare’s sake

The Duel: Should the UK legalise drugs?

Peter Hitchens
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Molly Meacher vs. Peter Hitchens

End of the "Boris bounce"?

Peter Kellner
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Two-thirds believe Boris Johnson does not have the gravitas to lead the nation

Where are China's feminists?

Helen Gao
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Employment rates and wages for women are dropping

“Foreigners” are not foreign

AC Grayling
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The notion of us verses them runs the risk of greater divisions then previously witnessed

In defense of politicians

Peter Riddell
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MPs are no worse than they’ve ever been

What if...Labour had won in 1992?

Alwyn W Turner
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Prospect’s counter-factual column

Build on the green belt

Jo Valentine
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London must expand to solve the housing crisis

First waves create Nobel certainty

Philip Ball
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Nobel prizes surely await those who have confirmed the earliest moments of the universe

A love of desolation and ruins

Evelyn Toynton
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The lure of ruins

The best-selling literary pariah

Joanna Kavenna
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The Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, has made compelling fiction out of the raw materials of his own life

On not growing up

Ben Marcus
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A story from Ben Marcus's latest collection, "Leaving the Sea"

Books in brief: 'Caught in the Pulpit' by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola

Jessica Abrahams
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Do all priests believe in God?

Books in brief: 'Quiet Dell' by Jayne Anne Phillips

Hephzibah Anderson
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Quiet Dell is the story of an American serial killer, captured through a series of elegiac vignettes

Are strong leaders overrated?

Ferdinand Mount
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Archie Brown’s book about political leaders is undermined by his loathing of one of them in particular

Books in brief: 'Capital' by Rana Dasgupta

Anjali Joseph
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Rana Dasgupta gives the city of Delhi a literary imagining in English

Books in brief: 'Altered Pasts' by Richard J Evans

Jonathan Derbyshire
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Richard J Evans has his sights on the brand of “virtual” history

Prospect recommends

Prospect Editorial
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Five things to do this month

The way we were: The purpose of education

Ian Irvine
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Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine

DIY investor: Predicting the future

Andy Davis
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Life of the mind: Beneath the surface

Anna Blundy
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Leith on life: How did nobody think of this?

Sam Leith
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Matters of taste: Two Americas, two breakfasts

Wendell Steavenson
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Wine: A Greek revival

Barry Smith
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