Secular liberalism, which was born in Athens in the fifth century BC, replaced the Olympian gods with the god of Public Opinion. According to the fifth century philosopher Protagoras, who is perhaps the father of liberal philosophy, what drives us to obey the law and fit in with the manners of civilisation is not fear Read more…

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Here’s a little interview I did for the new issue of Psychologies magazine with the psychoanalyst Darian Leader, who’s the most vocal critic of the government’s support for CBT. He thinks CBT peddles ‘rose-tinted positive thinking’ and likens the government’s support for it to Maoist brain-washing. I started off asking him about the riots: Jules Read more…

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The politics of well-being is not a new phenomenon. There have been many times in history when governments have sought not merely to increase their coffers, but to enhance the well-being of their citizens. That, in fact, was the model of Christian society for some centuries; it was the philosophy behind Confucian societies; it was Read more…

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[This is a fairly long essay about the, er, essay. If you want it in a downloadable and printable form, go here.] 1) My first stint in journalism was as an intern at Tatler magazine. It was in 2000, just after university, when I was suffering from acute social anxiety. Tatler magazine is not a Read more…

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Well, I finished my book yesterday and sent in the manuscript. I’m off on holiday in a few days, but seeing as I’m kicking around at a loose end…here are some interesting things I’ve come across in the last few days. Howard Gardner, the Harvard psychologist who came up with the theory of multiple intelligences, Read more…

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