Prospect has acquired a reputation as the most intelligent magazine of current affairs and cultural debate in Britain. Both challenging and entertaining, the magazine seeks to make complex ideas accessible and enjoyable by commissioning the best writers, editing them vigorously and packaging their work in a well designed and illustrated magazine.
Covid-19 has brought into focus the geo-political rivalry between the old superpower and the new. As Steve Bloomfield argues in his cover essay for Prospect, the US’s poor performance in tackling the virus (100,000 dead) versus China’s apparent success in locking it down has led some to believe that the liberal model can never be as effective as an authoritarian one. But we shouldn’t despair, says Bloomfield, there’s plenty in liberal democracy still worth fighting for. In the week of the protests over George Floyd’s death, Joe Biden is promising to restore sanity to America. But is this flawed candidate the best person for the job, asks Sam Tanenhaus? In our Duel we ask two Europeans, Bruno Maçães and Anu Bradford, if Covid-19 will kill of the EU. We also investigate why we didn’t learn the lessons from the previous epidemic, Ebola, and why the next one could escape from a laboratory. Away from the virus, Alice Vincent profiles the gardening guru Monty Don and novelist Amit Chaudhuri reviews a glorious new biography of sitar-maestro Ravi Shankar.