Unprecedented?: How Covid-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy is published this week, co-authored by me and three colleagues in the Department of Politics at Goldsmiths. You can read an extract from the book in the new issue of The New Statesman here.
In February I was invited by Marion Fourcade to give a lecture at Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley. The lecture, based on various recent arguments and pieces of mine on neoliberalism, platforms and the crisis of liberalism, was entitled ‘The Problem of Trust in the Digital Public Sphere’. You can watch it here.
Article in the London Review of Books, on EdTech, learning during lockdown and the mechanisation of ‘literacy’.
New column for The Guardian, on the “animal spirits” that drove up Johnson’s value, and could quickly abandon him.
Review of Stuart Jeffries new book, Everything All The Time Everywhere: How We Became Postmodern, published in The New Statesman.
Nicholas Gane and I have co-edited a special issue of Theory Culture & Society on the theme of ‘Post-neoliberalism?’. It features articles by Melinda Cooper, Quinn Slobodian, Dorit Geva, Roger Burrows and Harrison Smith, Alan Finlayson, Nicholas Gane and me, on various aspects of the challenges to neoliberalism, especially those from the political Right. The special issue was accepted and the pieces commissioned prior to 2020, so they don’t confront the most recent upheavals and challenges to the political-economic order. However, the Introduction (which is open access) does address the significance of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what it means for the status of ‘neoliberalism’.
I reviewed Max Chafkin’s book on Peter Thiel, The Contrarian, for The New Statesman
Comment piece published in The Guardian, on Boris Johnson’s dubious claims for a new ‘economic model’.
Guardian comment piece on derisory ‘catch-up’ funding and failure to recognise the sacrifices made by children.
I reviewed Seven Ways to Change the World by Gordon Brown for The Guardian