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Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, James Stafford

Spring 2018

With the left in a strengthened position and the Labour party enjoying something of an internal truce, this issue takes the opportunity to investigate the normative foundations for a twenty-first century social democracy.

The automation revolution demands an active state: one that promotes investment in new technologies while securing good jobs for all workers.

Nick Srnicek in conversation with Lise Butler

What is the story of the economy in Britain? Who gets to shape public opinion about what it’s for, how it’s broken and how it can be fixed? And how can progressive forces tell a new story to help accelerate the shift to a new economic system?

There is a growing recognition that decentralisation and localism should play a key role in a future Labour manifesto. Where should Labour look for lessons about effective localism? The party’s own past provides valuable lessons about how to forge a progressive localism.

Peter Lee offers an example of Labour politics rooted in a local community and founded on finding practical solutions to local problems. To follow his example today, Labour needs to work to localise power, build an industrial strategy based on the needs of the everyday economy and democratise the way our economy works.

Wendy Brown discusses Trump and ‘libertarian authoritarianism’; #Metoo and neoliberal feminism; and political theory and cultural studies. She argues that, in the contemporary moment, we need ‘grit, responsibility and determination instead of hope’.

Scotland’s oil should be left under the seabed.

A selection of poems from the first in a new biannual series of anthologies, Koestler Voices: New Poetry from Prisons from prison arts charity the Koestler Trust.

Roshi Naidoo reviews Alexandra Stein, Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in cults and totalitarian systems, Routledge 2017

Sylvia Walby explores what economic growth for people would look like.

Kevin Morgan introduces an issue exploring further reflections on the 1917 centenary.

Article exploring the ways in which the Comintern served as a ‘start-up’ for worldwide projects and struggles which have left their imprint on the contemporary world, in particular outside of Europe.

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Catherin Epstein, Mike Makin-Waite, Geoff Eley, Geoffrey Swain

Spring 2018

John Green, A Political Family: The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and the Cold War | Joanna Bullivant, Alan Bush, Modern Music, and the Cold War | Gleb J. Albert, Das Charisma der Weltrevolution: Revolutionärer Internationalismus in der frühen Sovietgesellschaft 1917-1927 | Jane Lazarre, The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter – A Memoir | André Liebich and Svetlana Yakhimovich (eds), From Communism to Anti-Communism: Photographs from the Boris Souvarine Collection

Manuela Rossini and Mike Toggweiler introduce New Formations 92: Posthuman Temporalities.

This paper examines the political-ontoepistemological-ethical implications of temporal dis/junction by reading insights from Quantum Field Theory and Kyoko Hayashi’s account of the destruction wrought by the Nagasaki bombing through one another.

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Franziska Aigner, Jonathan Beever, Martin Paul Eve, Griselda Pollock

Autumn 2017

Reviews by Franziska Aigner, Jonathan Beever, Martin Eve and Griselda Pollock.

A background to this issue's cover art by portraitist Robert Henri.

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