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ISSUE 137 AUGUST 2007
Contributors to this issue
PHILIP BALL is a science writer
HARVEY COLE is an economic consultant
MARK COUSINS is Prospect ’s film critic
JAMES CRABTREE works for the cabinet office
JOHN DENHAM is secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills
JULES EVANS is writing a book on liberalism and anxiety
STEPHEN EVERSON is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
DAVID GOODHART is editor of Prospect
JULIAN GOUGH is the author of Jude: Level 1 (Old Street Publishing)
CATHERINE HAKIM is a senior research fellow in sociology at the LSE
CAR HILLS is a former editor of PEN News
CHRISTOPHER HIRD is joint managing director of Fulcrum Productions
DONALD HIRSCH writes on social policy
JOHN KAY is an economist
NIBRAS KAZIMI is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington DC
MARTIN KETTLE is a Guardian columnist
GERALD KNAUS is director of the European Stability Initiative
BEN LEWIS presents BBC4’s Art Safari
DANIEL LITVIN is author of Empires of Profit (Texere)
ANDREW MARR is a journalist
TOM NUTTALL is senior and online editor of Prospect
PHILIP OLTERMANN coedited How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors (Rizzoli)
ALAN PHILPS was foreign editor of the Daily Telegraph from 2003 to 2006
MICHAEL PREST is a freelance writer
KATHARINE QUARMBY is a contributing editor to Prospect
ALEX RENTON won the 2006 Glenfiddich award for best food writer
ROBERT SANDALL is a journalist, broadcaster and music critic
ROGER SCRUTON is a philosopher
WILLIAM SKIDELSKY is deputy editor of Prospect
JOAN SMITH is a writer and novelist
ROSE TREMAIN is author of The Road Home (Chatto). “Extra geography” first appeared in Good Housekeeping
JOHN WILLIAMS is the author of The Cardiff Trilogy (Bloomsbury)
Coverstory 28Off the record In recent years,the economics of pop music have been upended.The market for CDs has collapsed,and not even the rise of legal downloading can offset the damage to record companies.Meanwhile,says Robert Sandall,demand for live performances has rocketed.
12Behaviour rules Issues of culture and behaviour are finally being placed at the centre of the education debate. KATHARINE QUARMBY
13Strength in numbers Great art doesn’t have to be produced by solitary geniuses. WILLIAM SKIDELSKY
14Elect the inspectors Inspectors must be made accountable to local people, not ministers. JOHN DENHAM
15Iraq’s oil conundrum Many people think it was a war for oil, but US and British companies may end up getting none of it. DANIEL LITVIN
16Who works harder? The sexes do equal amounts of work during their lifetimes. CATHERINE HAKIM
17Something for everyone Brown’s idea of “progressive universalism”may come unstuck. DONALD HIRSCH
18Who will free Turkey’s women? There can be real progress for women in a Muslim Turkey. GERALD KNAUS
22The Diana moment: a change for the better? Did Diana’s death make Britain a more emotionally healthy country? Or was it just the first example of the trend to turn private grief into public spectacle?
ANDREW MARR VSJOAN SMITH
32The sacred and the human Today’s atheist polemics ignore the fact that religion is not primarily about God, but about the need for the sacred. Religion is not the cause of violence, but the solution to it. ROGER SCRUTON
36The failure of market failure New Labour economics is based on the idea of market failure. But the doctrine smuggles in too many neoliberal assumptions. The centre-left needs something better. JOHN KAY
44Life,but not as we know it Thanks to the new science of synthetic biology, it will soon be possible to create living cells in a laboratory. I went to Greenland to find out more. PHILIP BALL
50Taxing the super-rich In recent years, Britain has attracted many ofthe world’s super-rich—thanks partly to the favourable tax regime. But politicians ofleft and right are starting to wonder ifit’s possible to increase the tax take on the wealthy without driving them abroad. DAVID GOODHART & HARVEY COLE
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56Albert Ellis The foul-mouthed father of cognitive therapy, Albert Ellis, is a modern Diogenes. JULES EVANS
10Letter from Berlin Hey, I found a trampoline! JULIAN GOUGH
20Washington watch Will Bloomberg run? TUMBLER
26Matters of taste Foods for all seasons. ALEX RENTON
43Rivers of Babylon Are the Sunnis finally accepting the inevitable? NIBRAS KAZIMI
48Inefficient markets Exporting our higher education. MICHAEL PREST
54These islands Cardiffs I have known. JOHN WILLIAMS
59Brussels diary Sarkozy outflanks Brown. MANNEKEN PIS
80Confessions Why I took 100 paracetamol. CAR HILLS
04Letters 06News & curiosities 08Grayling’s question 08Enigmas & puzzles 73Classifieds 78The generalist 79The list
Alexander Fiske Harrison goes bullfighting. James Drummond on the endgame in Iraq. Kate Saunders confesses. Chris Wilkinson on peripatetic theatre. The next issue of Prospectis published on 30th August
Arts and books
60 Extra geography We were fourteen. We decided to fall in love with the next person we saw. ROSE TREMAIN
64 Champion of the arts John Tusa reveals how he transformed the ailing Barbican into one of the world’s best centres for high culture.
66 A dictatorship of idiots? Critics of websites such as Wikipedia claim they are eroding expertise. But would anyone really want to put the clock back? JAMES CRABTREE
67 Motorcycle diaries The neglected war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has killed 4m people, tells us more about Africa’s problems than do Darfur or Rwanda.
68 Chile’s poet-revolutionary Since his death in 2003, Chilean novelist Roberto Bolañño has undergone a process of sanctification. PHILIP OLTERMANN
69 Life in Extremistan Unforeseen events like 9/11 may be on the rise. Is it possible to improve our predictions, or should we simply accept what we don’t know? TOM NUTTALL
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PERVEZ HOODBHOY on the roots of Pakistani extremism
WILLIAM PFAFF on Jonathan Power’s Conundrums of Humanity
TOM CHATFIELD on Sarah Hall’s new novel, The Carhullan Army
Revisit our past coverage of some of the topics covered in this issue.
JAY RAYNER on the marketing of pop music to children
TONY PARSONS on the musical generation gap and Britpop
ALAN RYAN debates whether Christianity has been a disaster
BRUCE CLARK on Muslims in Birmingham
62Widescreen What road movies tell us. MARK COUSINS
71Private view A reluctant art photographer. BEN LEWIS
72Performance notes Operatic turkeys. MARTIN KETTLE
77Smallscreen Don’t privatise C4. CHRISTOPHER HIRD
ZOE HELLER & ROY PORTER on Prozac and the chemistry of happiness MAGNUS LINKLATER on the decline in Britain’s mental health services
GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT looks back on 1997: the year of the New Labour landslide and the death of Diana
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF,ZOE HELLER,
IAN BURUMA,KATE KELLAWAY & OTHERS consider the meaning of Diana
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