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In defence of listening: Right-wing populism and the failure of political “science”

November 13, 2016


Like anyone who is likely to read this, I was horrified by Donald Trump’s election victory. I find the man and what he represents repugnant in ways I struggle to put into words. I don’t see how anything positive can come from his presidency and only hope it will prove to be less disastrous than […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let’s talk about culture, Mr Starkey

September 6, 2012


In the heated and polarised debates that gripped Britain in the aftermath of the riots of August 2011, one statement stood out as particularly intriguing. Historian David Starkey, arguing of the need for “plain speaking” at such times of crisis, declared on the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight, that “the whites have become black”. […]

The dangers of romanticising American history

July 5, 2011


On 4th July The Economist’s Lexington blog published a quote by US historian Bernard de Voto calling American history the most “romantic of all histories” and celebrating this romantic vision as the basis of American achievements. I argue that in fact the tendency to romanticise US history, or more specifically to present America’s rise as […]

Stiglitz, The Economist and the 1%

April 15, 2011


An article earlier this month by Nobel winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on inequality and political power has sparked a very interesting exchange within The Economist’s ‘Democracy in America’ blog. Stiglitz makes four basic arguments: (1) that the USA has grown more unequal over recent decades, with the top 1% capturing an increasing proportion of national income and […]