'society' Category

  • Britain’s Post-Crisis Accumulation Strategy

    January 29, 2012

    According to today’s Observer, a Swedish company is to be allowed to set up a for-profit school in Britain. Although this development is described as the exploitation of a technicality, actually it seems to reflect the government’s wider strategy for restoring capital accumulation in the wake of the global financial crisis. Theorists from a number […]

  • Global Uncertainties

    March 14, 2010

    I spent this Wednesday at Redland Green high school in Bristol as part of a joint project between the Research Councils UK and the Institute of Ideas’ Debating Matters competition called ‘Global Uncertainties‘. Debating Matters is a national 6th-form debating competition which I’ve been judging since 2007. RCUK is interested in stimulating debate around core […]

  • Battle for Progress

    November 3, 2008

    Readers may recall that over the summer I spoke at an event at London’s South Bank Centre called ‘The Battle for Progress’. I said then that I would at some point jot down what I said when I had the chance and put it up online. This is essentially what I had the opportunity to […]

  • Child Poverty and the Poverty of Ideas

    February 15, 2007

    The UNICEF report published this week, Child Poverty in Perspective, has generated huge moral outrage because the UK came bottom in the ‘balanced scorecard’, leading to accusations that Britain is ‘failing its children’. Few would disagree, but the report dodges the real causes of poverty while reinforcing many of the prevailing prejudices about children, health […]

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