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Volume 39 Number 5
2 March 2017

LRB blog 24 February 2017

Aaron Bastani
Stoke and Copeland

24 February 2017

Sherry Turkle
Remembering Seymour Papert

24 February 2017

Warwick Mansell
When pupils get 'managed out'

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Hilary Mantel
Spectacular saintliness

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Benjamin Kunkel

The Anthropocene

The outsized role of human societies in determining the complexion of earthly existence will persist long after the capitalist mode of production has expired. Ecologically, you might say, the Anthropocene is here to stay, but just how it unfolds over coming generations will be decided by whether, politically, it remains the Capitalocene (‘privileging the endless accumulation of capital’, as Jason Moore puts it) or becomes for the first time a properly political Anthropocene, in which the interests of humanity as a whole chart our ecological course. More

Tony Wood

Russia and the West

The Russians quickly realised that avenues for cooperation between Moscow and Nato were alternatives to membership, rather than stepping stones to it. When Putin asked Clinton at a 2000 summit how he would respond to Russia’s joining the alliance, Clinton apparently looked desperately to the advisers flanking him: Albright ‘pretended that she was looking at a fly on the wall’, National Security Adviser Sandy Berger ‘did not react at all’, so Clinton was reduced to saying he would ‘personally’ – a word he repeated three times, to be on the safe side – support it. More


Barbara Newman

Anna Komnene, Historian

Anna had ‘to build an authorial persona that, on the one hand, was strong, impartial, intellectual, accurate, driven by research, trustworthy and authoritative, and on the other, female, modest, devoted and humble’. Under the circumstances, it’s astonishing that she succeeded at all. More

Gavin Francis

NHS in Crisis

Management consultant initiatives and stealth privatisations have for years set about the NHS like termites, nibbling away at the beams and struts of a once magnificent structure. But the whole edifice is now on the brink of collapse. If the principles of the NHS are to be defended, we will have to find more money. More

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