Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson is a writer and the editor of The Idler.

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The Idler Academy recreate the School of Athens on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, as part of their Philosophy Free School, with 14 notable philosophers and writers of the modern age.

Could a ragtag bunch of modern philosophers recreate ‘The School of Athens’ outside St Paul’s?

We have found that our lessons in Stoicism, Plato, Socrates, the Epicureans and the rest have been surprisingly popular, whether at our HQ in Notting Hill or at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and Port Eliot

Hard at it: 'We have been trained too long to strive and not to enjoy,' wrote John Maynard Keynes. Has he been proved correct?

Campaigners call for 30-hour working week to allow for healthier, fairer society - and more time for fun

Bring it on, says Tom Hodgkinson, editor of 'The Idler'

Tom Hodgkinson: People crave adventure and romance, and they're rarely on offer from a corporate job

Are small businesses the future? I ask this as I have just returned from a meeting of a project called the Power of Small at the Royal Society of Arts, designed to research the growth of small business and find out what is driving it.

Tom Hodgkinson: When the dirham was invented 1,400 years ago, it was pegged to the price of a chicken. Its buying power is the same today

What is money? It is a means of exchange. You buy a book from me for £10 and I use the £10 to buy food. It kind of works. The problem is that national currencies do not keep their value. If I bury a £1 coin in the back garden and dig it up in 100 years' time, it will be worthless.

Tom Hodgkinson: In London, God has all the best schools - and so it is that the atheists get all hypocritical

In an episode of the brilliant sitcom Outnumbered, one parent says to another, during a discussion about school places: "Did you lie about your religion or lie about where you lived?"

Tom Hodgkinson: The old educational ways are not remotely Gradgrindian

For the past three days we have been home-schooling my nine-year-old son, Henry. The reason is that we are waiting for a place to come up for him at London's busy schools. OK, I accept three days is not enough time to present a detailed research document. But let me offer a couple of reflections.

Tom Hodgkinson: The geekocracy are the 21st-century equivalent of the 19th-century mill owners

The Geeks have inherited the Earth, and the middle classes are angry. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and YouTube have created gigantic ad-sales scams that exploit the creativity of ordinary people and bring money and power to a new elite of nerds, which we could label the geekocracy.

Tom Hodgkinson: We would all like to float around on a cloud of unknowing. But it don't pay the rent

Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. In the West, we are brought up to believe that hard work is the answer to every problem. We must act, we must act now, and we must act decisively. Strivers are praised; skivers are condemned.

Tom Hodgkinson: As I have grown older, I have started to revert to gender stereotype

Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'The only booming businesses are booze and payday lenders. No one buys books. The high streets are collapsing'

In the run-up to Christmas I found myself watching a lot of telly. My friends accuse me of hypocrisy since I used to rail against the evils of TV and even advised people, in a book, to chuck out their telly. I defend myself by blaming my children: I felt bad denying them the pleasures of schoolyard conversation about The X Factor.

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