Category: politics

Monster Makers

Unless Biden fights big money, he could pave the way for someone even worse than Trump.

The State of It

The government retreats for billionaires, while smashing down our doors.

Democratic Revolution

Full-scale participatory democracy would change everything. It has the same revolutionary potential as the universal franchise and women’s suffrage.

For Your Eyes Only

The opaque and secretive networks on which Boris Johnson builds his power.

Rings of Power

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is not so much a democratic leader as a monarch with a five-year term.

The Roots of Fascism

When political leaders brazenly flout the law, we are heading towards a very dark place.

Rewilding Politics

It’s not just governments we need to change, but the entire, top-down, 19th Century political system. And we can start, right now, in our towns and cities.

Resist and Rebuild

Don’t despair: we will fight back, and, eventually, return stronger than before.

Platform for the Planet

The political parties have finally woken up to the environmental crisis. But the media hasn’t

Power Failure

The current Labour Party has a weak instinct for power. This undermines its chances, but it reflects some rare and important traits.

Popularity Contest

If politicians genuinely respected “the people’s will”, they would let us express it between elections.

Start Making Sense

By understanding the psychological buttons they’re pressing, we can stop demagogues from destroying our democracy.

Our Brezhnev Moment

Neoliberalism has stalled, so the fanatics in government are using Brexit to revive it.

Killer Clowns

Why are so many nations now led by extravagant buffoons? Because the nature of capitalism has changed.

Outer Turmoil

Our toxic political system produces toxic leaders. We should design a system that rewards kindness and honesty.

Crisis? What Crisis?

The government’s refusal to respond to our democratic emergency is one symptom of systemic political failure

Mutually Assured Salvation

A world-changing experiment in London’s poorest borough shows how to break out of our disastrous spiral of alienation.