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Issue 175

Issue 175

October 2010

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An academic question

Jean Seaton Free entry
12th October 2010  —  Issue 175

Why did we stop loving our universities?

Matters of life and death

David Edmonds Free entry
7th October 2010  —  Issue 175

Interest in “trolleyology”—a way of studying moral quandaries—has taken off in recent years. Some philosophers say it sheds useful light on human behaviour, others see it as a pointless pursuit of the unknowable

Patron saint of the big society

David Marquand Free entry
5th October 2010  —  Issue 175

Edmund Burke and the big society

All in the mind

Swaran Singh
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Ethnic minorities suffer high rates of mental illness—because of their background as migrants, not racism

Master class in victimhood

Tony Sewell
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Black boys used to fail at school because of racism, now they fail because they don’t pay attention

Wanted: a new image

Sonya Dyer
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Outdated diversity policies create a ghetto from which black artists may never escape

Prospect roundtable: blame it on the baby boomers

Prospect
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

The minister for universities and science talks about inequality, rebalancing the economy, the fiscal crisis, baby boomers and reforming higher education

Rethinking race

Munira Mirza
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Munira Mirza introduces a special feature on the failings of multiculturalist policies today

Deepening the divide

Munira Mirza
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Despite a decade of official anti-racism in Oldham, racial tensions have worsened

Lula's legacy

Nathan Shachar Free entry
21st September 2010  —  Issue 175

The next president of Brazil needs to keep up the good work

Debating the DIY generation

Tom Chatfield Free entry
18th October 2010  —  Issue 175

Tom Chatfield reports from three party conference debates on technology and the future of education, sponsored by Prospect, Channel 4 Education and the Nominet Trust

Has the government got it wrong on universities?

Diane Coyle Free entry
15th October 2010  —  Issue 175

Experts debate the pros and cons of the Browne report on higher education

Popshot: the new face of British poetry?

Tom Chatfield Free entry
1st October 2010  —  Issue 175

Prospect talks to the 23-year-old editor of the first British poetry magazine to win international distribution

Why Ed Miliband should own the big society

Shiv Malik Free entry
28th September 2010  —  Issue 175

"Miliband claims notion of the 'big society' for Labour" proclaimed the Guardian earlier this month. Prospect's Shiv Malik was three months ahead with this idea

How multiculturalism fails immigrants

Mike Phillips Free entry
24th September 2010  —  Issue 175

Grouping people according to their "historical" cultural identity is both divisive and dangerous

In praise of dead white men

Lindsay Johns Free entry
23rd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Why black people need to learn the western canon

Yemen: wrong lesson from Iraq

Alice Fordham Free entry
8th October 2010  —  Issue 175

The recent attacks on western targets in Yemen show the need to fight the terrorist threat there, but America’s Iraq experience is stifling efforts to help the Arab world’s poorest country

A lesson from history

Ed Balls Free entry
26th September 2010  —  Issue 175

A wide consensus supporting cuts does not mean they are the right policy—consider the past

Killing innovation

William Cullerne Bown
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

The coalition is saying the right things about rebalancing the economy, but it’s not doing them

University challenge

Chris Goodall
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

New, private institutions offering a single, shorter course could be much more cost-effective

Good luck Nigeria

Richard Dowden Free entry
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Fifty years after independence, Africa’s most populous country is finally trying to clean up its act

Why ringfence aid?

Paul Collier Free entry
20th September 2010  —  Issue 175

At a time of cutbacks, we should be proud of Britain’s commitment to international development

Lab report: genome breakthrough

Philip Ball
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Disaster planning: It's good to talk

Randolph Kent Free entry
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

A new dialogue is needed between policymakers and scientists to tackle natural crises

Evolution: swing power

Timothy Taylor
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

It was technology, not natural selection, that made modern man

Making a better world

Philip Ball
20th September 2010  —  Issue 175

Big Pharma should be given a financial incentive to produce the right drugs at the right price

The leader we deserved

David Goodhart Free entry
27th September 2010  —  Issue 175

Labour's new leader has much to learn from Tony Blair. "A Journey" is an honest and insightful self-portrait by a man who personified modern Britain

Franzen's Freedom: a novel for the noughties

Tom Chatfield
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

The world has been waiting nine years for Jonathan Franzen’s latest work of fiction. And this angry, cranky, compendious, dazzling book doesn’t disappoint

Capitalism in question

Michael Lind
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Ha-Joon Chang is a formidable critic of orthodox, free-trade economics and a true exponent of the art of political economy

Cultural notebook: the seedier stacks of the British Library

Sam Leith
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Porn has come a long way in 50 years or so

FiveBooks: Max Mosley

Prospect
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Max Mosley recommends five books about privacy

Performance notes: Claudio Abbado

Martin Kettle
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Claudio Abbado conducted the best concert I have ever attended—and then surpassed it with his extraordinary Mahler’s 9th

Words that think for us: Art by any other name

Edward Skidelsky
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

There’s a deadening logic to the anti-language of art criticism

The way we were: Under the knife

Ian Irvine
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Two extracts from letters and diaries about 19th-century surgery

Smallscreen

Peter Bazalgette
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

The last 30 years have brought big rewards for independent television producers, but now the broadcasters want a slice of the pie

England, my England!

Maurice Glasman Free entry
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

As Michael Wood's "Story of England" debuts this week on BBC4, Maurice Glasman wonders whether Wood misses the big questions

Washington watch: Obama's October surprise

Renegade
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Can Barack bounce back?

Brussels diary: The EU’s homeless foreign ministry

Manneken Pis
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Starved of offices, staff and funds, does the EU actually want the foreign ministry it has created?

China café: My literary death match

Mark Kitto
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

We get a lot of guests in summer—too many for comfort.

Number cruncher: a matter of trust

Peter Kellner Free entry
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Not politicians, not journalists. So who do the public trust?

Dr Pangloss: The age of less

Brian Eno
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

What if the east fast-forwards to a worldview where Ikean minimalism is more chic than Hollywood extravagance?

Everyday philosophy: Righteous or just lucky?

Nigel Warburton
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Gauguin: great artist, bad man?

Economy class: finding a narrative

Tim Leunig
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Finding a coherent economic position should be top priority for the next Labour leader

Letter from Cyprus

Tabitha Morgan
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Recent changes on the island are only widening the gulf between Greek and Turkish Cypriots

Matters of taste: Rome

William Skidelsky
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Rome's finest lunching establishment

Political notes: the Sheffield J’accuse

Anne McElvoy
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Cuts to jobs and services are reopening the wounds of the Thatcher era, but that doesn’t mean an automatic boost for Labour

Sporting life: cuts kick in

David Goldblatt
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

The London Olympics were meant to leave us a legacy of greater public participation in sport. But the coming cuts may kill that off

If I ruled the world: less is more

Andrew Martin
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Miss Piggy said you should never eat anything bigger than your head. Fat people clearly weren’t listening. I’ll cut them down to size…

In fact

Prospect
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Diary

Prospect
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Tony keeps on rockin', Tories keep it close, and Tiger's billions are bested by Roman charioteer

Editorial

David Goodhart
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

The return of the progressive dilemma

Letters

Prospect
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

On beauty, the Taliban, capitalism and more...

Dear Wilhemina

Wilhemina
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

Prospect's agony aunt answers readers' questions

Prospect recommends

Prospect
22nd September 2010  —  Issue 175

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