Op-ed published in The Guardian, on how multiple forces of reaction have taken aim at the humanities, in government, higher education and the arts.
My paper Anger Fast & Slow: Mediations of justice and violence in the age of populism is now published online by Global Discourse. This develops ideas first given as the 2018 Annual Lecture for the Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotions.
Column written for The Guardian, on the Trojan Horse of Brexit and Boris, that contains as yet unknown policies and dangers.
Comment piece published in The Guardian, on the election and the end of liberalism.
In conversation with Pablo Simon, Clara Jiménez and Fernando Arancón at Telefonica Fundacion, Madrid.
Long Read published in the Guardian, on the ‘bias’ wars that now dominate our public sphere, and the challenge posed by ‘big data’ to the traditional media.
The LRB has published a round-table of contributions on the current crisis of British politics. I’ve focused on the worrying degree to which the radical right has now pulled away from the rest of the political spectrum, turning against compromise, parliament and Whitehall.
Over the past three years, I’ve been editor of a series of essays on the topic of sustainable prosperity, published by CUSP (where I’m a Co-Investigator). The final one is by me, entitled Green Populism?: Action and Mortality in the Anthropocene.
I discussed Nervous States with Richard Cockett from The Economist, and the possible routes forward for an evidence-based politics.
This podcast interview with Jamie Powell and Thomas Hale explores central themes from Nervous States, especially in relation to economics and economic policy.
Article published in openDemocracy on the convergence of comedy and politics.
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”