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This politicisation of anti-Semitism is opportunistic and a betrayal of its true victims

May 11, 2016


The employers of a young pharmacist discover that her surname, Reiner, is not German but Jewish, and a few days later she is fired without explanation. A 19-year-old American soldier is captured with his platoon on the Western front, and, as he is single out by a German officer, a fellow POW remarks, “this guy […]

On Corbyn and our collapsing orthodoxies

October 7, 2015


our collapsing This article was published on Open Democracy A strange thing has happened in the British political scene since the financial crash of 2008. On the one hand, many mainstream economic commentators have begun to question the orthodoxy that prevailed prior to (and which was largely responsible for) the crash and its continuing fallout. […]

English football’s media-industrial complex – You are the problem!

June 24, 2014


Without a doubt, the World Cup I most enjoyed as a youngster was USA ’94. Aside from my Merlin sticker book, Baggio’s trickery, Bebeto’s goal celebrations and Valderama’s hair, what, in hindsight, was most enjoyable about the tournament was the fact that England weren’t in it. If my ten-year-old self could have known what would […]

Britain’s housing addiction – time for rehab?

March 6, 2014


Politics in Britain starts and ends with housing. Issues like economic performance, immigration, public spending, and Britain’s relationship with the EU (and with itself) tend to grab the headlines. However, it is housing more than anything else that undergirds Britain’s economic structure and, by extension, its political status quo. The worrying thing is that it does so in a highly inequitable, unstable and unsustainable way.

Polanyi’s double movement and imperial hegemony: A review of Arrighi and Silver

May 8, 2013


This review was written for the Observatório das Metrópoles, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as Polanyi: A hegemonia do Reino Unido e dos EUA no sistema mundo In their article ‘Polanyi’s Double Movement: The Belle Époques of British and U.S. Hegemony Compared‘ (2003), Beverly Silver and Giovanni Arrighi compare the hegemonic eras of the United Kingdom at […]

What Thatcher’s death means to me

April 11, 2013


An elusive, nagging sense of something like frustration has hung over me since I learned of Margaret Thatcher’s death a few days ago. I was just 6 when she fell from power in 1990, so only remember her as an occasional, vaguely unpleasant presence on the family television. She was someone I knew my parents […]

Polanyi’s ‘double movement’ and US-European divergence: A review of Block’s neo-Polanyian framework

February 18, 2013


This review was published in Portuguese for the newsletter of the Observatório das Metrópoles at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as ‘Trajetórias divergentes: EUA e Europa Ocidental | Perspectivas de Karl Polanyi’ Summary In this article Frederik Block (2007) adopts the conceptual framework of theorist Karl Polanyi in an attempt to explain how the […]