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There is no alternative to becoming Leadbeater

Nick Cohen: Charles Leadbeater, 28 October 1999

Living on Thin Air: The New Economy 
by Charles Leadbeater.
Viking, 244 pp., £17.99, July 1999, 0 670 87669 0
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... sold itself as a think tank pamphlet. Two of those hired to fill senior editorial positions, Charles Leadbeater and Martin Jacques, were ex-Communists who had wound up their party and formed Demos, a research centre aligned to Tony Blair’s New Labour project. Geoff Mulgan, a former Trotskyist and director of Demos, became a contributor to the ...

I want to be real

Rosemary Dinnage, 27 May 1993

Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon: Theosophy and the Emergence of the Western Guru 
by Peter Washington.
Secker, 470 pp., £20, April 1993, 0 436 56418 1
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... Theosophist hangeron, was picked up on a Madras beach by the evil genius of Theosophy, the shady Charles Leadbeater. Leadbeater claimed the child had a specially spiritual aura. Krishnamurti was certainly beautiful, as a child, as an adult and even as a very old man – which was perhaps his bad luck. Under Annie ...

The Flight of a Clergyman’s Wife

Gareth Stedman Jones, 27 May 1993

Annie Besant: A Biography 
by Anne Taylor.
Oxford, 383 pp., £25, April 1992, 0 19 211796 3
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... in her day-to-day life, the tension remained palpable many years afterwards. According to Charles Bradlaugh’s daughter, Hypatia, ‘she was the most tactless person I ever knew.’ But even for those who disliked her methods, denied her inspiration and opposed her opinions, there was something about her which compelled admiration. To Nehru, who had ...

When Capitalism Calls

Andy Beckett: The Protest Ethic by John Lloyd, 4 April 2002

The Protest Ethic: How the Anti-Globalisation Movement Challenges Social Democracy 
by John Lloyd.
Demos, 94 pp., £9.95, November 2001, 1 84180 009 0
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... and anti-capitalists to form a coalition. In his acknowledgments Lloyd thanks Anthony Giddens and Charles Leadbeater, among other prominent associates of the New Labour project, for their ‘guidance’. There are no such mentions for the main thinkers of the anti-globalisation movement. As early as the third page, Lloyd declares where his sympathies ...


Thomas Jones: The Last Days of eBay, 19 June 2008

... is anyway perhaps inevitable, because of the logic of its internal contradictions. In We-Think,5 Charles Leadbeater blithely lumps eBay together with the flagship sites of the phenomenon known as Web 2.0: MySpace, YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook. According to Wikipedia, Web 2.0 refers to ‘the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web ...

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