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Volume 38 Number 3
4 February 2016

LRB blog 6 February 2016

Jeremy Harding
Goodbye, Circumflex

5 February 2016

Inigo Thomas
The Price of Everything

4 February 2016

Dimi Reider
Occupation Inc

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21 January 2016

Benedict Anderson
Frameworks of Comparison

22 March 2007

Mark Greif
The Velvet Underground

5 March 2015

Jenny Diski
The Look on My Face

In the next issue, which will be dated 18 February, a new story by Hilary Mantel, James Meek on austerity, Tim Parks on the Vatican’s irregular finances.

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Tuesday 9 February at 7.00 P.M.

The Ministry of Nostalgia: Owen Hatherley

Thursday 25 February at 7.00 P.M.

Fortress Europe: Matthew Carr and Jeremy Harding

Friday 26 February at 7.00 P.M.

LRB Screen: Writer's Choice - Lisa Appignanesi on The Company of Wolves

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Ed Miliband

The Inequality Problem

‘What do I see in our future today you ask? I see pitchforks, as in angry mobs with pitchforks, because while … plutocrats are living beyond the dreams of avarice, the other 99 per cent of our fellow citizens are falling farther and farther behind.’ Who said this? Jeremy Corbyn? Thomas Piketty? In fact it was Nick Hanauer, an American entrepreneur and multibillionaire, who in a TED talk in 2014 confessed to living a life that the rest of us ‘can’t even imagine’. Hanauer doesn’t believe he’s particularly talented or unusually hardworking; he doesn’t believe he has a great technical mind. More

Joost Hiltermann

The Iran-Iraq War

Predicting what will start a war, and when, is an unrewarding business. Long-term trends (‘causes’) are often clear enough, but not the proximate causes, or triggers. We can assess the comparative significance of competition for resources, hunger for power, the nature of political systems, the psychology of leaders. What precipitates a conflict, though, may be a sudden, unforeseen event: an accident, misreading or miscalculation, or a temperamental leader’s flash of hubris. Often, of course, it is a combination of such things. More


Lana Spawls

What a Junior Doctor Does

Although the second strike has been suspended for more talks to take place, the mood among doctors is pessimistic. The first round of negotiations gave us some hope, but the government has proved belligerent. Why is it so determined to impose this contract? The desire to remove pay progression across the public sector – it has already done so for teachers – is one motive. The UK already spends a smaller proportion of GDP on public healthcare than many countries, although it has a much bigger workforce, and it’s hard not to see this as yet another move towards a part-privatised NHS. More

Jonathan Meades

Designs for the Third Reich

Luc Tuymans’s painting The Walk shows Hitler and Speer silhouetted in early evening light on the Obersalzberg. The photograph that the painting is based on is mute. Tuymans’s manipulation of it is anything but. His Hitler, the Führer, the guide, is indeed guiding, just. He is stumbling awkwardly towards the last of the light while the upright Speer holds back, following certainly, but cautiously, tentatively, allowing his idol and besotted patron first dibs on divining the future – which may prove to be less golden than the sun’s shafts seem to promise. What if the guide has lost his touch? More

Short Cuts
Thomas Meaney

Around Here
Alice Spawls


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