Arts and Entertainment Cash strapped: Leonardo DiCaprio (centre) stars in Martin Scorsese's raucously enjoyable 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

The film is one of Scorsese's bawdiest and most enjoyable efforts

Stephen King: As capitalism stares into the abyss, was Marx right all along?

We may avoid a 1930s Depression but the best we can hope for may be a 1990s Japan

Steve Richards: Politicians vilify the bankers – but they don't dare to act

Political leaders dare to speak out but are fearful for different reasons of coming up with precise policies

Jeremy Warner: Can capitalism ever adopt a conscience? Perhaps it will have to

Outlook Can capitalism ever be socially responsible, or is that simply not part of its DNA? There are lots of fine words and good intentions being expressed here in Davos about the need to make free markets work for the public good – as there always are when capitalism goes through one of its perennial crises. Normally this talk lasts about as long as the conference itself.

Jeremy Warner: In downbeat Davos, the happy capitalist is hard to find

Outlook If you want to cheer yourself up amidst all the economic gloom and doom, visit the World Economic Forum annual meeting here in Davos, where the mood is one of unrelenting "can do" optimism, as you would expectof business leaders for whom no challenge is too great.

Oliver! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London<br>Roaring Trade, Soho Theatre, London<br>Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, NT Olivier, London

Rowan Atkinson makes a convincing Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of the enduring musical

Brown 'totally against' laws allowing assisted suicide

Prime Minister Gordon Brown today set himself firmly against any relaxation of the law on assisted suicide.

Jeremy Warner: Money may be root of evil, but regrettably we are stuck with it

Outlook: Boom and bust is as much a part of capitalism as night and day

A revolutionary reworking for Marx's 'Kapital'

Treatise on capitalism to be turned into manga comic 140 years after publication

John Maynard Keynes: Can the great economist save the world?

Revered in his day, John Maynard Keynes was later pilloried as a dinosaur of big-state meddling by Margaret Thatcher and her fellow free marketeers. But now, as untrammelled capitalism implodes once more, people are asking: could the great economist's ideas really save the world?

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/keen-on-new-m-7.html">Keen on New Media: Big government in the information age</a>

And so, we are told, a new liberal age is coming to an America shell-shocked by the current capitalist crisis.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/by-john-rento-2.html">John Rentoul: Gordon Brown, anti-capitalist hero</a>

My good friend Steve Richards is one of the best commentators on politics at the moment, and one of the reasons for that is that, unlike the rest of us,* he refuses to write Gordon Brown off. But today he goes too far:

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/capitalism-gets.html">Ben Chu: Capitalism gets fettered, and breathes a sigh of relief</a>

One of the piquant ironies of the effective nationalisation of a large chunk of the British high street banking sector this morning is that it leaves those politicians and commentators who have spent their careers ridiculing the clumsiness of the state and scorning any form of government intervention in society utterly bereft.

No Pain, No Gain: Ditching shares is understandable, but is it wise?

The No Pain, No Gain portfolio has endured some punishing reverses. They tend to underline the sad state of the stock market and the increasingly fierce recessionary influences that are forcing the nation into an old-fashioned slump.

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