A review essay, published at the New Left Review blog, on the history of The Spectator and what it tells us about Britain’s new political elite.
Comment piece on the crisis of trust in British government, originally drafted in October, now shared on the PERC blog.
Blogpost at PERC, seeking to relocate Corbynism in the political and economic context that gave rise to it: Osbornite austerity.
Comment piece in The Guardian, on trends towards polarised, plebiscitary politics, and the problem they pose for liberalism.
Comment piece in The Financial Times, on how excessive loyalty in the political arena is normalising policy failure and clientalism.
Piece for the London Review of Books on the forces mobilising against the BBC and what they actually want.
I reviewed David Goodhart’s new book, Head Hand Heart, for The Guardian
‘Anti-equivalence: pragmatics of post-liberal dispute’ , looking at the fractious and warlike character of contemporary political discourse, is now published online by European Journal of Social Theory.
Blogpost published at PERC., on how the financial crisis opened the door to attacks on ‘low value’ and ‘woke’ degrees.
Essay in the London Review of Books, on how media and new technologies are harnessed to trigger ‘culture wars’.
Article written for The New Statesman, on the problem of rules and behavioural governance in the face of coronavirus.
Guardian Long Read on how closed groups are unsettling politics and public life.
My new working paper on the politics and economics of inheritance, both in a public and a private sense, is now published online (and open access) by Centre for Understanding Prosperity.
My article, Anger Fast and Slow: Mediations of Justice and Violence in the Age of Populism, is now available open access in the latest issue of Global Discourse. The issue also contains a response from Jeremy Engels to my piece, plus a symposium on Nervous States, with two critical appraisals and my response.
Essay published by Guardian Review, on the nationalist currents being stirred by the covid crisis.