John Walsh: We need a strong state to thrive, but will we ever get one?

Parties that favour making the rich pay for everything are undermining attempts to create the backbone of a healthy, inclusive democracy

Mary Lou McDonald, president of Sinn Féin: while left-wing parties in Ireland want to abolish house taxes, they also want to make the richest in society pay for everything

The news cycle these days is an unrelenting flow of doom-laden stories with very little respite. War, famine and climate change pose long-term existential challenges.

The cost-of-living crisis across most of the developed world is tapping into ongoing anxieties about the future of liberal democracy. Over the past number of years, right-wing insurgents such as Donald Trump and left-wing populists have chipped away at the political centre.

A new book, The Great Experiment: How to ...