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Contents November 2011
In Prospect 9 If I ruled the world
We should appreciate the present. steven pinker 10 Recommends 12 Diary 14 Letters plus stephen collins’s cartoon strip.
Opinions 16 Interview james macintyre talks to Vince Cable. 18 Infinite jest
The art of caricature. pj o’rourke
19 What do you think?
The problem with opinion polls. peter kellner 22 Europe’s only fan?
Poland’s election result is a relief for Europe. anne applebaum 22 Going down
The coalition will not improve social mobility. paul johnson 24 Keep the press free
Don’t limit freedom of speech. geoffrey robertson 25 The surface of Joan
Joan Collins’s migraine-inducing memoir. janice turner 26 China diary
Come see my statue. mark kitto
28 Just too many? The 20-year silence over population growth is calamitous. bronwen maddox 36 Why hasn’t Obama closed
Guantánamo? Its existence reflects a failure to rethink the “war on terror.” anthony d. romero
40 Scenes of graphic violence In Frank Miller’s new comic book, two superheroes take on al Qaeda. sam leith
42 The French malaise Did De Gaulle create a presidency that doesn’t work? jonathan fenby
48 Among the Russians edward docx defends MI5 against Tolstoy’s acolytes.
52 Friendship agonistes Friendships inflame the same passions as romance. lionel shriver
57 Dark year proves bright for think tanks Prospect’s Think Tank of the Year Awards. Investment report 61 Population boom—and bust nick carn: the strain on the global economy simon james: the infrastructure boom henry boucher: investing in the food chain lydia whyatt: making water work john kemp: changing commodities ian simm: it’s all about green energy andy davis on the flight to liquidity ovember 2011 ·prospect· 5