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.
‘Fascism’s liberal admirers’
Review essay on Clara Mattei’s The Capital Order, published in The New Statesman
‘The Problem of Trust in the Digital Public Sphere’
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.
The decline of the ‘state effect’
Comment piece on the crisis of trust in British government, originally drafted in October, now shared on the PERC blog.
‘Forget unity – elections are now about revenge as much as representation
Comment piece in The Guardian, on trends towards polarised, plebiscitary politics, and the problem they pose for liberalism.
‘Liberal democracies have a creeping loyalty problem’
Comment piece in The Financial Times, on how excessive loyalty in the political arena is normalising policy failure and clientalism.
How did we get here? – RSA dialogue
In advance of the publication of This Is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain, I discussed the themes of the book with Katrina Forrester, hosted by the RSA.
Interview with New Humanist about the crisis of liberalism
I discussed my forthcoming book This Is Not Normal: The Collapse of British Liberalism with New Humanist, reflecting on the book’s historical perspective and political implications.
On the threat of the new Johnson government
Column written for The Guardian, on the Trojan Horse of Brexit and Boris, that contains as yet unknown policies and dangers.
‘How Boris Johnson and Brexit are Berlusconifying Britain’
Comment piece published in The Guardian, on the election and the end of liberalism.
LRB at 40: in conversation with Katrina Forrester
A podcast is now available for this event, which was held as part of a series marking the 40th birthday of the London Review of Books. We discussed the current crisis of liberalism in relation to our own writing.
Review and interview with The Economist
I discussed Nervous States with Richard Cockett from The Economist, and the possible routes forward for an evidence-based politics.