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Mystery deepens over secret source of Brexit 'dark money'

Only one major pro-Leave donor refuses to distance himself from controversial £435,000, which bankrolled DUP's Brexit spending spree.

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Lexit: defeatism dressed as ambition

Lexiters are deluded: Brexit is a right-wing project. The future of the UK left is with the European left, in the international struggle. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lexit” argument by Xavier Buxton.

Lexit: looking forwards, not backwards

The EU is riddled with neoliberalism. Brexit has shattered the status quo, and presents an opportunity to the UK left. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lemain” argument by Julian Sayarer.

Looking at Lexit: mission statement

Should Labour fight Brexit, or embrace it? Julian Sayarer and Xavier Buxton introduce a new project on openDemocracy, exploring the possibilities and limitations of “Lexit”.

The 51st State of Housing: The American housing crisis, and what it means for the UK

Three months after the Grenfell Tower fire, a moving extract from the author's ‘There’s No Place: The American housing crisis and what it means for the UK’. 

Brexit means…progressive alliances, or ‘corporate absolutism’?

The ‘Leave’ vote, however manipulated by the media, was not just a rejection of Brussels technocracy but of the political status quo at Westminster. It’s time to rewrite the constitutional and political rules from scratch.

A new hope for a nuclear free world - but where is the UK?

A new UN treaty could make nuclear sabre-rattling and boasts of a willingness to incinerate cities, as unacceptable as threats to use chemical and biological weapons.

What is peacebuilding? Ask the public

This International Peace Day a striking 84% of people in the UK, US and Germany agree that ‘human beings have the right to live in peace: free from conflict’.

How starting – and losing – the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan helped create the conditions for Brexit

Anthony Barnett discusses one of the key arguments in his new book on Brexit and Trump, The Lure of Greatness.

How to deliver a national mission to decarbonise the British economy

We need to capitvate the global imagination by putting decarbonisation at the heart of our economic story. 

Nowhere to call home: England's 'hidden homeless'

Hidden homelessness is on the rise. It should be a thing of the past.

On Anthony Barnett’s ‘Lure of Greatness’

In the era of Brexit and Trump, if another world is possible, what should it look like? Jeremy Fox finds much to praise in Barnett's timely new study - but also interrogates the book's interpretations of nationalism and neoliberalism.

Using virtual reality to build solidarity across difference: the case of the Munduruku

The only issue was that the tears made my glasses steam up. But otherwise, Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. The multisensory virtu...

Own everything!

Many of our problems stem from a failing system of top down management. To fix our democracy, we need to embrace new forms of ownership which give people more control over their lives.

If our government won’t act to save our NHS this winter, this is what we must do

NHS plans across England masquerade as ‘integration’ – but this autumn campaigners will meet to expose the reality now unfolding, of bed closures, private takeovers and a US-inspired system.

Lessons from Shirebrook: Economic change is nothing new – civil society must shape it, or be shaped by it

Why should the future be left to the state and the market? Civil society must lead the way. 

Revealed: how loopholes allowed pro-Brexit campaign to spend ‘as much as necessary to win’

New tranche of Electoral Commission emails show how Vote Leave gave a student £675,000 overnight – and the worrying implications for British democracy.

Why are we talking about student debt but not benefit debt?

The state and its ‘providers’ are crushing people with debt. Rather than helping people, they own them. The problem is as urgent as student debt – and an amnesty is long overdue.

Will the 'Tory Momentum' fail?

After Momentum marshalled the youth vote with enviable mastery of social media, youthful Tories have hatched a plan to try to emulate Labour's success in the UK, with some hiccoughs along the way...

10 years on, could today’s economics graduates predict and prevent another Northern Rock?

Students are still being taught a narrow version of economics where real-world phenomena barely feature. Without major reform, economists will be unequipped to deal with the major challenges of our time. 

Black Journalism Fund – Open Editorial Meeting

Red Pepper, Lacuna, openDemocracy, battling under-representation/ mis-representation of people of colour in the UK media. All people of colour welcome at Brighton meeting, 23/9/17 - 3pm ( during Labour Party conference).

Ripping up the Yellow Pages

The print version of the Yellow Pages may be coming to an end, but the cultural legacy of classification it embodied goes on – in the encoding even of our very eyes...

The progressive priority: a social democratic Britain

The belief that the health of the British economy depends on trade policies with Europe or anywhere else comes directly from neoliberal ideology, that “openness”, globalization of trade and capital flows, bring prosperity.

The delusion of economic sovereignty

In an integrated world it is a chimera to believe that one can establish some long-lost economic sovereignty. 

We did it! NHS Professionals stays public

A people-powered campaign has defeated "the most foolish NHS privatisation yet" - now it's time to build on our momentum and stop the creeping privatisation elsewhere in the health service.

Why culture competitions and 'artwashing' drive urban inequality

From Los Angeles to Liverpool to the new London competition, 'creative cities' policies are designed to soften gentrification's hard edges, never asking 'culture for who?'

Why the next Labour Manifesto must pledge to legislate to reinstate the NHS

Labour’s 2017 health manifesto was a hodgepodge of offers but failed to tackle the underlying issues. Bold thinking and a commitment to the NHS Reinstatement Bill - is needed now.

MPs demand full investigation of hard-Brexit backing Tory "party within a party"

Labour MPs are demanding that the pro-Brexit European Research Group is investigated by parliament's expenses watchdog on the back of openDemocracy's revelations.

How to make English football good again - the view from below

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football explores the possibilities of fan culture as a social movement. 

How to fight climate injustice in the UK – and 6 reasons we must

What lies beneath the UK’s fracking industry is a dirty history of land enclosure, ecocide and international exploitation. We must do what's necessary to stop the extreme energy industry and protect the planet for generations to come.

If we are serious about eliminating poverty, we need to re-humanise social security

A compassionate social security system is the ultimate symbol of a society that looks out for those in need.

Revealed: The Tory MPs using taxpayers’ cash to fund a secretive hard-Brexit group

Senior MPs including Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and Jacob Rees-Mogg have used their expenses to fund a 'party within a party' inside Westminster – effectively holding the government hostage over its negotiations with the EU.

As the hurricanes hit, Big Insurance must stop its hypocrisy

Insurance firms recognise the risks of climate chaos – but they’re still underwriting major new fossil fuel projects. Campaigners are calling on them to stop.

My arguments on green radicalisation have been misrepresented

Jamie Bartlett responds to Adam Ramsay on environmental extremism.

No, the next wave of extremists won't be greens

Jamie Bartlett lumps those saving lives together with those taking them.

Second-guessing your GP’s referral - NHS denials leave big questions unanswered

Despite attempts by government to squash the ‘NHS referral scheme’ story, senior doctors have serious concerns about the damage the proposed scheme will do to the NHS, people’s health and to the doctor/patient relationship.

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