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About Tony Curzon Price

Tony Curzon Price was Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy from 2007 to 2012, where he is now contributing editor and technical director. He blogs at

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Gertrude Bell: the tragedy of her letters from Baghdad

A remarkable new documentary assembled from Gertrude Bell's letters read over archive footage makes us wish for what might have been

Uncertain comma Texas

A new film describes a world whose inhabitants have been broken, but offers the hope that all can be repaired.

White God / Black Dog

Kornell Mandruczo's and Kata Weber's film, White God, is about Hungary, mongrols, Liszt ... and authoritarianism

How to improvise with refugees

Borderline, a new play by Sophie Besse about - and with a cast of - refugees represents an ideal of being together

Bike courier in London: the messenger is the medium

A review of Julian Sayarer's new book, "Messengers". A cog in the wheel of the global information economy, this courier allows the City to deliver its true message of redemption to him. 

Baudelaire's Friday 13

A chance reading from Les Fleurs du Mal illuminates the Paris and the humanity that is being attacked.

The European walled-garden: what's the root cause? what's the solution?

What should Europe do, and are we so inescapably in the grip of  jealous nations that the EU cannot do the right thing? Participants in the 2015 Havel European Dialogues in an email exchange about the refugee crisis

The dialogue or the asylum: can Europe stick to its values?

The chance conjunction in Prague of DOX's Art Brut exhibition and of the Václav Havel Library's 2015 European Dialogues contains a message about European values and the public sphere.

Markets of the mind

Debt and guilt have much in common. It’s time we found better ways of organising both ourselves and the economy.

Nash equilibrium

The mathematician John Nash, who died on Sunday, provided a foundation for economics that is rich, not dismal

Citizen solidarity not economic nationalism after GE2015

A realistic strategy that makes the left electable in England requires citizen solidarity rather than economic nationalism 

Why I'm not voting Green

Chris Dillow makes a very compelling case for voting green. But count me out this time. 

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity ... and welfare

How do the political camps map their favourite welfare policies onto political values? A report from the Ax:son Johnson Foundation seminar on the future of the welfare state

Chemicals and the good society

Powerful emotions and life-stories build up to a howl against the stupidity of the war on drugs. A review of "Chasing the Scream" by Johann Hari.

The Greek Game: Dominance or Chicken, Fear or Reason?

The outcome of the Greek game depends on how Syriza sees itself in two possible futures: "Exit" or "Buckle"

The Varoufakis game is not chicken

The FT thinks Greece is playing chicken. In fact, it's in a dominant position.

12 mph politics - the conversation

Breaking records, hospitality, racism, poverty, globalisation and two concepts of hope ... the film of an evening of conversation around "Life Cycles", Julian Sayarer's account of his record-breaking cycling circumnavigation of the globe

Six (possibly) civilising uses of incivility

Civilisation depends on some incivility, carefully applied. It depends also on civility, liberally applied

Are the heart and the mind really a battlefield?

Isaac and Isaiah by David Caute and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan - tales of how Cold Warriors failed to capture hearts and minds - contain an important lesson for our battle against extremist Jihadis.

Recording the broken records

Julian Sayarer, bike courier and oD author, cycled around the world chasing a record. And his record of this record, Life Cycles, is an even greater achievement, a cross between Kerouac and Dervla Murphy

Notes from the Prague underground, part 2

Part 2 of an interview around Roger Scruton's new novel, Underground Notes. The contrast between Prague in the early 1980s and Washington in the late 2000s is the backdrop for a reflection on the nature of love, freedom and necessity

Notes from the Prague underground, part 1

Part 1 of an interview around Roger Scruton's new novel, Underground Notes. Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s is the backdrop for an exploration of a conservative existentialism. 

Liberty Abroad, Part 3. National liberation, tribalism and intervention

JS Mill's support for national liberation movements in 1848 became doubt as he saw liberation turn to nationalism, solidarity turn to tribalism. His ideal was of cultural hybridisation, but citizens loyal to their states. What would he have thought of Syria today? Dr Georgios Varouxakis discusses his latest book, Liberty Abroad

Liberty Abroad - Part 2. JS Mill on empire

JS Mill, liberalism's intellectual giant, justified despotism in India, thought Britain should be a beacon of liberty like Athens (because of its navy) and that it is impossible for a democracy to rule another country well. Listen to Dr Georgios Varouxakis on his latest book, Liberty Abroad

Liberty Abroad, Part 1. JS Mill on International Relations

Mill is liberalism's intellectual giant of the nineteenth century. He was a respected public intellectual and a high ranking official of the East India Company, who also gained political influence through direct election to Westminster. This podcast explores Mill's thinking on war, slavery and nationality

Is devaluation of sterling the answer to Britain's economic woes?

In his new book John Mills makes a strong case for a British devaluation of sterling but we must start thinking about the socio-political foundations which shape our dysfunctional economy - you can't have a German economy sitting on the UK's political structures.

The (un)freedom of the networked

The web has a dual nature - it promotes some freedoms and endangers many others. Making the most of it will mean fighting for it (from the archive, 2008)

Commercial masters of our Voice

Once upon a time publishers sold content to readers, and readers to advertisers. This two-fold market is being destroyed by the same technology that enables writers and readers to engage with each other in ever more sophisticated ways. But, argues Tony Curzon Price, audiences that recognise their collective economic power could handsomely fund the media they want.

Anti-semitism, Israel and Nationalism, Part 3/3

Antony Lerman in conversation with Tony Curzon Price around Lerman's political memoir, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist - A personal and political journey. Part 3, 25 mins.

Anti-semitism, Israel and nationalism, part 2/3

Antony Lerman in conversation with Tony Curzon Price around Lerman's political memoir, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist - A personal and political journey. Part 2, 30 mins.

Anti-semitism, Israel and nationalism, part 1/3

Antony Lerman in conversation with Tony Curzon Price around Lerman's political memoir, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist - A personal and political journey. Part 1, 37 mins.

Will workfare be well paid?

Aaron Peters explains why workfare is here to stay. But what are the limits to its generosity?

Gas or nuclear?

As the UK negotiates for new nuclear power and ever more gas is discovered, we can't avoid the unpalatable question of which is least bad for the environment

Iraq after 10 years

It is the marriage of the intimate knowledge of the particular - the only knowledge the particular is susceptible to, by definition - with a moral compass, that should have guided policy towards Iraq. openDemocracy's debates were my re-schooling.

A tale of two webs: Google v the hyperlocal

Now that rats can telepathically tweet without even wielding a mouse, will the tortoise of human organisation win the race, or fall victim to Google glass? 

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