In the magazine this month

January/February 2011

Adam Smith’s invisible hand is lifting us out of recession, but globalisation can be snuffed out again by protectionism
I wonder whether enough has been made by Adam Smith scholars, which I do not claim to be, of the intellectual connection between Smith and Charles Darwin. Darwin himself records how, during his last year at Cambridge, he spent much of his time studying Smith. And I have long been struck by the parallel between Smith's explanation of how economic order and growth is secured by the free interaction of individuals seeking their own personal satisfaction, "as if by an invisible hand", and Darwin's revolutionary insight, a century later, of how the remarkable natural order could arise spontaneously as a result of natural selection, without the need for an intelligent designer or divine watchmaker.
CARMEL GOULD
When it comes to seasonal media coverage of the Middle East, Israel just cannot win
GWYN PRINS
Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review is cutting vital parts of the armed forces. It must be changed before events change it for us
SHEILA LAWLOR
Iain Duncan Smith has made a good start on reform but he needs to restore the insurance principle
 
DOUGLAS MURRAY
The Ground Zero mosque debate shows America, like Britain, pursuing the chimera of attempting to reform Islam
PATRICK HEREN
Britain takes for granted the benefits that natural gas has brought but they are miraculous
JOHN CONSTABLE
If you thought that wind power would be affordable, think again
 
DAVID WOMERSLEY
Who will want to volunteer to sit on school boards in the harsh new education climate?
SIMON SCOTT PLUMMER
From Cyprus and Anatolia to Rhodes, the Levant’s castles bear witness to the struggle for supremacy between East and West
NECLA KELEK AND KAREN HORN
The Turkish-born German sociologist and critic of Islamism Necla Kelek and the classical liberal economist Karen Horn discuss the failure of integration with the Editor of Standpoint, Daniel Johnson, in Berlin