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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
PHILIP BALL’s most recent book is The Devil’s Doctor (Heinemann) STEPHEN CHAN
is the dean of law and social sciences at Soas works for Javier Solana
Issue one hundred and twenty-three June 2006
ROBERT COOPER MARK COUSINS
is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books) is director of
SHEREEN EL FEKI
is a journalist working for Al Jazeera International is a musician and producer
is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind is editor of Prospect
DAVID GOODHART ROBERT HARLAND
is a psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital in London
DAVID HERMAN is a contributing editor to Prospect DONALD HIRSCH is special adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation JOHN KAY
is an economist is a football agent
Issues of security and identity have been unexpectedly prominent since 1997. Labour has found itself squeezed between its liberal supporters and its anxious ones. The two can be reconciled in a politics of liberal realism based on a robust defence of national citizenship.
STEVE KELLY TIM KING
is a writer living in France
most recent novel is Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape) is a professor of social policy at the LSE
12 Goodbye Galbraith
22 World cup fever
ALEXANDER OSANG, CARYL PHILLIPS STEVE KELLY & HARRY REID
JULIAN LE GRAND
is the author of Open World (Abacus)
PHILIPPE LEGRAIN ALEXANDER LINKLATER
JK Galbraith’s skill lay not in economic theory but in public comment.
12 Arabs and Aids
SHEREEN EL FEKI
editor of Prospect
An East German’s ambivalence over German success; Ghana’s struggle to blend stars with locals; the rise of the US; and a prayer for English failure.
is the author of Empires of Profit (Texere)
Do Islamic practices protect Arab countries from HIV? ESSAYS
ALEXANDER OSANG is a German journalist and writer
14 Healthy controls
JULIAN LE GRAND
36 After Freud
ALEXANDER LINKLATER & ROBERT HARLAND
is author of Dancing in the Dark (Secker & Warburg)
CARYL PHILLIPS JONATHAN RÉE is a freelance historian and philosopher HARRY REID
The NHS is improving—while swapping targets for quasi-markets.
16 Crude politics
is a former editor of the Glasgow Herald is an associate director
The struggle between oil ﬁrms and poor countries continues.
On the 150th anniversary of his birth, Sigmund Freud’s legacy is being dismantled by the ideas of his greatest challenger, Aaron Beck. But with cognitive science comes a new battle for the meaning of the human mind.
17 Forcing the vote
is professor of mathematics at Warwick University is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist living in London
42 War and democracy
Belief in voting as a duty has withered. We need compulsory turnout.
18 Mugabe’s last gasp
book A Royal Affair is published by Chatto and Windus
Zimbabwe’s economy is in meltdown. Can the country learn from China?
Tony Blair’s former foreign affairs adviser considers the ambiguous lessons of the Iraq war. Realpolitik, he ﬁnds, is still necessary in a world of power but increasingly unworkable in a world of democracy.
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48 Talking to Hamas
Hamas ofﬁcial Osama Hamdan explains how US pressure is making it hard to govern. But the organisation, if it can stay on track, is set to change the face of Islamism and then the middle east.
71 Roth’s melancholy meditation
Philip Roth’s new novel confronts isolation, death and, almost uniquely in his oeuvre, selﬁshness. But is it time for him to return to the life force?
52 Growing old disgracefully
In Britain, the system of funding long-term care for the elderly is arbitrary, unfair and unsustainable. So what kind of system do we want, and how will we pay for it?
Television’s full of cops and docs.
77 Musical notes
An unintentionally funny Ring. COLUMNS
10 Tillyard’s tales
80 Cultural tourist
FICTION The Theatre Museum in crisis. Plus Under the radar.
Where should I be buried?
56 An anxious man 20 Lab report
PHILIP BALL JAMES LASDUN
The twilight of British chemistry?
Through his investments, Joseph becomes gripped by a seething, uncontrollable obsession.
WEB EXCLUSIVES Iain McLean interviews Adam Smith Alison Wolf replies to her critics Iran symposium
28 Inefﬁcient markets
Leave Tesco alone.
66 Cinema gets real 47 France profonde
TIM KING MARK COUSINS
The French challenge to Google.
55 Brussels diary
In 2001, I argued that cinema was the ultimate right-wing art form. Now at least part of the movie world seems to have become less escapist.
FORTHCOMING Kamran Nazeer on the intellectual as civil servant Karin Christiansen explains why development aid is not working Nick Crowe’s musical audit of Britain
THE NEXT ISSUE OF PROSPECT IS PUBLISHED ON 22ND JUNE
The rise of Latvian Euroscepticism.
68 From roots to relativism
4 Letters 8 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Pop music is the most useful lens through which to view the 1960s. Joe Boyd’s memoir captures it perfectly.
69 Adam Smith’s hard labour
The more you read Adam Smith, the less plausible he is as a prophet of the free market.
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