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Half-right Hutton

Will Hutton fails to establish the superiority of European values, but his critique of America is surprisingly useful

By Martin Wolf   July 2002

Will Hutton is passionate, diligent and humane. His ability to articulate contemporary anxieties borders on genius. Yet hardly anyone engaged in making policy takes him seriously. He is an intellectual celebrity crying in the wilderness.

Hutton’s exaggerations as a polemicist have long undermined his credibility as an analyst. This book is no exception. But it does contain nuggets of truth. It is also well-timed. The bursting of the US stock market bubble should help his efforts to vindicate what he thinks of as European civilisation against its overweening American rival. It may even bring closer his goal of persuading his…

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