John Gray’s writing on political philosophy is not easily pigeonholed. Over the last 50 or so years, he has favoured ideas that span the political spectrum and pissed almost everybody off – his central thesis being that growth and progress are not inevitable.
In his latest book The New Leviathans, his attention turns to the changing fate of ‘the west’. This, to him, means a revival of old forms of living: feudalism, religious orthodoxy and ultra-nationalism. Aaron sat down with John to talk about the nonsense of centrism, the US opioid epidemic and why Dune is the most worthwhile work of science fiction.