Oliver Wiseman

In defence of globalisation

Free trade is not without costs — but those costs are outweighed by the benefits. And where costs exist, the answer to “open” is rarely “closed”

Where have all the people gone?

Hot and crowded. That is the conventional wisdom on what Planet Earth will be like in the not-so-distant future. But the related question of how many of us there will be in 50 or 100 years matters too

Overrated: Hunter S. Thompson

The high priest of  “gonzo” journalism took pride in making stories up — his legacy should be deplored

Liberalism’s identity crisis

The American Left has taken refuge in an intellectual dead end, argues Mark Lilla

Deep History Or Just Conspiracy?

Built on misreadings and deceptive elisions, Nancy MacLean's Democracy In Chains reframes the colourful tale of the American Right as a dank, dark conspiracy

Overrated: John Bercow

The self-aggrandising Speaker has confused the importance of his office with that of its holder

Trust Westminster On Brexit: It’s All We’ve Got

The anti-politics of Nigel Farage contributed to the referendum result, but it won’t help Theresa May take on Brussels successfully

Underrated: Nick Clegg

The record of the former Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister is too easily ridiculed

Unconventional Convention

Can the Libertarians break through America's two-party system?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"