What our readers clicked and shared most in the past yearby Prospect Team / December 10, 2015 / Leave a comment
From the general election earthquake to the Corbyn surge, from the mass displacement of millions of refugees to the Greek debt saga, it has been a year of staggering stories—and Prospect has been here to help make sense of them all. Here are the articles from the past 12 months which readers read and shared most.
1—The SNP has failed Scotland
by John McDermott
The FT‘s John McDermott forensically takes apart the SNP’s programme for government in Scotland. It went wild on social media when we first put it up, and then it went even madder when it was quoted by Tony Blair during his infamous “get a heart transplant” anti-Corbyn speech. Share it to annoy the cybernats.
2—Joseph Conrad: anticipating terrorism
by Clive James
After being diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010, Clive James decided to dedicate the rest of his life to reading, and one figure he re-visited was Conrad. As he did so he discovered something remarkable—there is a lot we can learn from his novels, even a century later, about the violent extremism that plagues our world.
3—Paul Mason’s guide to a post-capitalist future
by Jonathan Derbyshire
As Greece and its “Troika” of creditors wrestled with what sometimes seemed like an insurmountable impasse during the country’s debt crisis this spring, one man was at the heart of the debate on British screens. Channel 4 News‘s Paul Mason reported the crisis with an unusually sympathetic ear for the Syriza-led government, and then drew on his experiences and other research to write a book. He talks to Prospect‘s Jonathan Derbyshire.
4—Breaking the enlightenment spell
by Jonathan Rée
Idealising the age of reason as a perfect model of truth, virtue and knowledge is bad history as well as bad philosophy, wrote Jonathan Rée in this iconoclastic piece. Philosophical controversy is always a surefire hit for our discerning readers, and a call for the enlightenment to be “put out to grass” was no exception.
5—Does Islam really forbid images…