Once it was straightforward. We were born free and shackled by self-serving authority. Now from neuroscientists to social theorists, many argue that we were never free in the first place. Constrained by our genes, manipulated by technology and the cultural zeitgeist, there seems little space left for individual autonomy. Should we conclude that the very idea of freedo...
Times columnist David Aaronovitch has won the Orwell prize for journalism, and the What the Papers Say columnist of the year award in 2003. He is the author of Paddling to Jerusalem and Voodoo Histories.