For Labour's new leader to win and make a difference, change in Britain has to come from below and not from Westminster - argues one of Ed Miliband's close advisers in a new pamphlet timed for the party conference - and a veteran campaigner disagrees. In a swift exchange of emails they clash over whether 'Everyday Democracy' can undo the influence of neo-liberalism if the old regime itself is not also set on the path of reform.
Extremist Islamists may only be one small part of a wide cross-section of disenfranchised Libyans who could no longer bear the tyranny of Gadaffi, but they pose the question whether reactions to the Arab Revolutions are ever entirely innocent of double standards.
Today, local authorities in England have a 'duty to involve' citizens in decision-making. Soon this will be scrapped, leaving only the 'duty to consult'. What is the difference, and what does this mean for English democracy?
The British research culture has shifted. The obligation to publish, the obscure ranking system, the need to deliver 'value for money', together raise a fundamental question: What is the relationship between research and the neo-liberal order?
UK universities are under pressure to research one of the government's key policy ideas - but they are resisting. The campaign to remove the 'Big Society' from the AHRC's research delivery plan is crucial for the integrity of higher education
Ed Miliband is following in New Labour's footsteps and keeping distance from the unions. But within the labour movement lie the skills, know-how and creativity needed to discover economic alternatives and make change happen
The links between the Israeli far right and Islamophobic groups in Europe follow a certain inexorable logic of the post 9/11 world. These alliances, encapsulated as well as encouraged by the redefinition of the "new antisemitism", make it very hard for Israel to overcome the monomaniacal war spirit of 9/11
The first Asian genius to bring ‘Eastern culture’ to the west remains a cultural icon. But his undoubted global relevance has always been contested, and his alternative concept of modernity is so still.
Local financiers investing in local potential are needed everywhere. But in Arab societies, what we need above all is people who appreciate the importance of the free exchange of ideas and dialogue with others who do not share one’s opinion.
However nuanced, it is striking how little extant interpretations attend to the fact that Breivik’s most grotesque violence was not directed at Muslims or immigrants as such but at the youth members of the Norwegian Social Democrats.
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