Op-ed article in The New York Times, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Rise of Radical Incompetence.
Review of For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe, published in The Guardian.
Review of Matthew Watson’s The Market, published in Theory Culture & Society.
‘Weaponising Paperwork’, published in London Review of Books, looks at the political and policy context that has victimised members of the ‘Windrush generation’.
‘Why the outrage?‘, published in London Review of Books, looks at the scandals surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Trump victory.
‘What are they after?’, published in London Review of Books, explores the thinking and psychology behind Tory Brexiteers.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science, Reason, Humanism and Progress reviewed in The Guardian.
The Rise of the Outsiders by Steve Richards, reviewed for Guardian Books
The coincidence of the Corbyn surge with the horror of Grenfell Tower has created the conditions – and the demand – for a kind of truth and reconciliation commission on forty years of neoliberalism. It is too simple to cast Corbyn as a throwback, but it is undeniable that his appeal and his authority derive partly from his willingness to cast a different, less forgiving light on recent history, so that we don’t have to carry on repeating it.
I have a new article in The New York Times, ‘Theresa May’s vapid vision for a one-party state‘
The surge in so-called ‘populism’ over the past year, largely of a right-wing variety, has provoked an ongoing debate as to how we should characterise its central driver. To put this somewhat crudely (though not much more crudely than some of the debate’s protagonists), the choice comes down to a simple binary: economics or culture? Class or identity? An awkward new category of ‘the left behind’ has emerged in political discourse to capture the unexpected supporters of Donald Trump, Brexit, Marine Le Pen and other nationalist movements. Continue reading “Essay: Populism & the Limits of Neoliberalism”