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Varieties of xenophobia

Some aspects of the Brexit vote may be the result of a peculiarly British, kind of xenophobia directed not at refugees and immigrants but at what might be called the European officer class. Continue reading

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A manifesto for hope

People have been saying to me that it’s all very well to lament the disenchantment of many of the traditional working class with neoliberal globalisation but what’s the alternative? What sorts of demands would give them enough hope to vote … Continue reading

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The unmaking of the English working class

Is this how it ends? Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the phase of capitalism associated with the British Empire, not in a glorious revolution but in a hopeless spasm of self-destruction, on the very sites where it was first created? Continue reading

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The hardest nettle to grasp

This referendum vote can be seen as the revolt of the losers from globalisation. Continue reading

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6 Reasons for Brexit

Sorry, but I can’t let this one go. Despite quite a bit of helpful feedback from readers I still find myself both alarmed at the prospect of Brexit and puzzled by the motives of those who want to vote to … Continue reading

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So what sort of state do you want to be in?

Some questions for Left Brexiters Continue reading

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A lightning conductor for anti-neoliberalism

The EU is not so much a single monolithic entity as a terrain of struggle: better in than out. Continue reading

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Expats, migrants and the global division of labour

Earlier this week, while waiting for the dinner to finish cooking, I turned on the television and caught a programme that seemed to say so much about the international division of labour in the world today that I felt I … Continue reading

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Ellen Meiksins Wood – her importance to me

I was extraordinarily saddened to hear last night of the death of Ellen Meiksins Wood and it took me a while to work out why. After all, I hardly knew her. We met a couple of times and I can … Continue reading

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Happy holidays

Hope 2016 will be a corker!

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