I will be giving a public keynote lecture in Dublin on 7th June, as part of this conference on ‘trust’ hosted by University College Dublin. Register here to attend.
‘A dog in the fight’
I’ve written about the phenomenon of ‘fandom’, especially how it was fetishised and commercialised in the early 1990s, in the latest London Review of Books, in a review of Paul Campos’s A Fan’s Life.
‘Do we really need John Rawls?’
Review essay in The New Statesman on Free and Equal by Daniel Chandler, a book which uses John Rawls as a blueprint for policy reform.
Review of Crack-up Capitalism
‘The Reaction Economy’
An edited version of my recent LRB Winter Lecture, The Reaction Economy, has now appeared in the new issue of the London Review of Books. You can also listen to me discussing the piece on the LRB podcast or watch the original lecture.
‘The business-lounge intellectual’
Review of Martin Wolf’s new book, The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism, published in The New Statesman
LRB Winter Lecture – 10th February
‘Fascism’s liberal admirers’
Review essay on Clara Mattei’s The Capital Order, published in The New Statesman
Discussion of Nervous States, Hannah Arendt Center
In conversation with Roger Berkowitz at ‘Rage and Reason’, the annual conference of the Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College, New York, in October 2022
‘In Britain today, it seems your suffering only counts if you have a mortgage’
Comment piece in The Guardian on the hypocritical responses to Kwasi Kwarteng’s “mini-budget”
Article in London Review of Books about the new economic turmoil in Britain, and how the Tories have abandoned traditional neoliberal reverence for ‘the markets’.
‘The era of low interest rates is ending – its legacy is inequality and toxic politics’
Comment piece for The Guardian, on the end of the era of ultra-cheap money, and who ultimately benefited from it.
An essay for the LRB Blog, on the bizarre outpouring of “thanks” to Queen Elizabeth.
Trussonomics will be a reckless exercise in slashing the state when there’s nothing left to cut
Opinion piece in The Guardian on the revival of failed ‘supply-side’ economic dogma, as the inspiration of Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng.
‘There’s a gaping hole at the centre of British politics where ideas used to be’
Article for The Guardian on how ideas, once considered integral to policy reform, are mysteriously absent from the current crisis