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Corbyn! Trump! Brexit! Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting. Brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books, Talking Politics is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. Every Thursday, David Runciman discusses pressing political questions – and their longer-term causes and effects – with his regular panel of colleagues from the Cambridge University politics department, as well as novelists, comedians, historians, philosophers, LRB contributors and even a few politicians. Find the latest episode below, along with a reading list of relevant writing from the LRB archive; or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Acast or your preferred player.

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This week’s reading list (6 December)

‘The distinction between a state and a government may seem trivial. It isn’t.’
– David Runciman on the boundaries of the British state (May 1996)

‘The dilemma of modern democracy, as Larry Siedentop (following Benjamin Constant, Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill among others) describes it, is that we are happy to be spoken for because few of us any more have the time or incentive to speak for ourselves. However, the readier we are to be spoken for, the more likely it is that we will end up sullenly resenting what is said in our name. “We want more from public life than we are prepared to put into it. We want a share in power, but we want to be left alone”.’
– David Runciman on what constitutes a superstate (July 2001)

‘“Referendum” is a modern word – it dates from the middle of the 19th century – to describe a modern phenomenon. It has nothing to do with classical democracy.’
– David Runciman on what referendums are for (July 2003)

‘Cognitive defences of democracy tend to put the emphasis on elite forms of representation and a “filtering” of public opinion, in order to protect political decision-making from the unthinking preferences of the general public; as a result, they often sound distinctly undemocratic.’
– David Runciman on the wisdom of crowds (August 2004)

‘Does Britain need a written constitution? Of course it does, which is why, as Anthony King points out at the start of this readable and illuminating book, it has one already.’
– David Runciman on British constitutional politics (February 2008)

‘Athens had many things going for it – philosophy, oratory, drama, magnificent buildings – but it was also a violent, faction-ridden, capricious, war-mongering, slave-owning society, clinging precariously to its privileged position, and regularly picking fights it couldn’t win. It doesn’t exactly sound like the Google (company motto: “Don’t be evil”) of the ancient world. However, Josiah Ober is here to tell us that we have this last point completely wrong.’
– David Runciman reviews Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens by Josiah Ober (January 2009)

‘You can tell Russia is not a real democracy because there is no great mystery about its politics. Democracies are slightly baffling in how they work: just look at America; just look at Europe; just look at us.’
– David Runciman on the British oligopoly (June 2012)

‘During the early years of the American republic, in the first half of the 19th century, what fascinated outsiders was its sheer implausibility. Could you really do politics like this, with such fractured and chaotic popular input? It seemed unlikely anything so ramshackle could last long. It was also implausible, especially to British eyes, for the simple reason that it was so clearly fraudulent.’
– David Runciman on American democracy (March 2013)

‘Fake disruption followed by institutional paralysis, and all the while the real dangers continue to mount. Ultimately, that is how democracy ends.’
– David Runciman on how democracy ends (December 2016)

‘Parliament risks making a judgment it is not democratically qualified to make, because it doesn’t represent the diversity of public opinion. That makes it possible that the voters will seek their revenge.’
– David Runciman on Brexit (May 2018)


Reading list for 29 November

– Martha Nussbaum on what a good theory of global political justice might look like (September 1997)

– Stephen Mulhall on Martha Nussbaum on disgust, shame and the law (July 2004)

– Bernard Williams reviews The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics by Martha Nussbaum (October 1994)

– Elizabeth Spelman on sex and social justice (November 2000)

– David Bromwich reviews Poetic Justice: The Literary Imagination and Public Life (October 1996)

– Rebecca Solnit on Donald Trump’s fear of women (January 2017)


Reading list for 22 November

– Swati Dhingra and Josh De Lyon on the realities of a No Deal Brexit (November 2018)

– Sionaidh Douglas-Scott on the constitutional implications of Brexit (May 2018)

– William Davies is puzzled by the Conservative Party (March 2018)

– Colin Kidd on a year of political mayhem (January 2018)


Reading list for 15 November

– Thomas Jones on the 2018 Italian election (March 2018)

– Didier Fassin on the contradictions of Emmanuel Macron (July 2018)

– Thomas Jones on the M5S–Lega coalition (June 2018)

– Susan Watkins on the political structure of the EU (August 2013)


Reading list for 12 November

– Perry Anderson on the crisis in Dilma's presidency (April 2016)

– Perry Anderson on Lula's Brazil (March 2011)

– Greg Gandin with tales of the Latin American Left (October 2009)

– Perry Anderson on the Cardoso presidency (December 2002)

– Simon Collier on Latin America's struggle for independence (August 2001)


Reading list for 7 November

– David Runciman on the US Midterms (November 2018)

– Eliot Weinberger on ten days in Trump's America (October 2018)

– Jan Werner-Müller on the ‘Populist Moment’ (December 2016)

– Maggie Doherty on millenials and memoir in the age of Trump (September 2018)

– David Bromwich on the ‘American Breakdown’ (August 2018)


Reading list for 1 November

– Colin Kidd on how democracies die (September 2018)

– Richard J. Evans on Mussolini's Italy (February 2013)

– David Kennedy on the history of American immigration (February 2001)

– Meehan Crist on how DNA doesn't define us (October 2018)

– Ian Hamilton on the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan (September 1999)

– Pankaj Mishra on the ‘Wilsonian Moment’ (February 2008)

– Edward Said on Walter Lippmann and the American Century (March 1981)

– Michael Wood reviews The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (November 2004)


Reading list for 25 October

– David Runciman on How to Stop Brexit (and Make Britain Great Again) by Nick Clegg (May 2018)

– Julian Barnes on why people will hate us again (April 2017)

– Swati Dhingra and Nikhil Datta on how (not) to do trade deals (September 2017)

– David Edgar on England’s Brexit and America’s Trump (April 2018)

– Helen Thompson on the EU, and whether it will hold (June 2018)

– James Meek in Athens (December 2011)


Reading list for 18 October (Francis Fukuyama)

– M.F. Burnyeat reviews Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man (July 1992)

– Stephen Holmes on After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads (October 2006)

– Jackson Lears on Hillary Clinton (February 2015)

– Ed Miliband on Robert Putnam (February 2016)

– Pankaj Mishra on identity politics (September 2017)


Reading list for 11 October (Alan Rusbridger and Martin Moore)

– Alan Rusbridger, down among the press lords (March 1983)

– Peter Bradshaw reviews Speaking for Themselves: The Personal Letters of Winston and Clementine Churchill (September 1999)

– Richard Seymour on trolls and trolling (December 2016)

– Deborah Friedell on Jeff Bezos (March 1981)

– Qi Gua on Xi Jinping Thought (November 2017)

– John Lanchester on why you are the product (August 2017)


Reading list for 4 October

– Lorna Finlayson on Corbyn in context (September 2018)

– Lynsey Hanley on the Labour Party Conference (September 2018)

– Lorna Finlayson on media coverage of the Labour Party Conference (September 2018)

– Harold Lever on a previous generation of Labour moderates (March 1981)

– William Rodgers on Labour and the unions (October 1990)

– Seumas Milne on New Labour (June 1997)

– James Meek on Brexit and myths of Englishness (October 2018)


Reading list for 27 September (Oliver Bullough and Jason Sharman)

– John Lanchester on the crash, ten years on (July 2018)

– John Christensen on offshore finance (October 2005)

– David Runciman on tax havens (April 2011)

– Peter Pomerantsev on a murder in Mayfair (March 2016)

– Wendy Doniger on The Prisoner of Azkaban (February 2000)


Reading list for 20 September (Dan Snow)

– Bee Wilson on Mussolini’s last lover (March 2017)

– Richard J. Evans on Hitler’s brownshirts (February 2018)

– Colin Kidd on Thomas Jefferson (October 1997)

– Jacqueline Rose on l’affaire Dreyfus (June 2010)

– Kim Phillips-Fein on Reagan and Gorbachev (October 2006)

– Geoffrey Hawthorn on Max Weber (August 2009)

– Isabel Hull on the price of peace (April 2018)


Reading list for 13 September (Bronwen Maddox)

– Inigo Thomas on Bob Woodward (November 2006)

– Ronald Dworkin on Bob Woodward (June 1980)

– David Bromwich’s seasonal report on the Trump presidency (August 2018)

– Rebecca Solnit on Donald Trump’s fear of women (January 2017)


Reading list for 6 September

– Frank Field on Robert Kilroy-Silk (November 1986)

– Stephen Sedley on Labour and anti-Semitism (May 2018)

– Tom Crewe on Labour’s prospects (May 2017)

– Jean McNicol on Harriet Harman (December 2017)

– Paul Myerscough on Corbyn in the media (October 2015)

– David Marquand on what the SDP should try to achieve (May 1981)

– William Davies on reasons for Corbyn (July 2017)


Reading list for 30 August (Adam Tooze)

– John Lanchester on the crash, ten years on (July 2018)

– Adam Tooze on Heinrich August Winkler (November 2015)

– Adam Tooze on Wolfgang Streeck (January 2017)

– Margaret MacMillan on Adam Tooze (February 2015)

– John Lanchester on the crash (October 2008)


Reading list for 9 August (Wilderness Festival)

– Joanna Biggs at the food bank (December 2013)

– Margaret Visser on the fish that changed the world (April 1998)

– Swati Dhingra and Nikhil Datta on how not to do trade deals (September 2017)

– Steven Shapin on Big Food (August 2002)

– Bee Wilson on how much meat is too much (March 2014)

– James Meek on farms and farming (June 2016)

– Angela Carter on the new cult of foodism (January 1985)

– Jeremy Harding on the future of food and its supply (May 2010)


Reading list for 29 July (Summer Reading)

– ‘The Excavation’, a story by Joseph Roth, translated by Michael Hofmann (January 2001)

– Elaine Showalter reviews American Wife (November 2008)

– Colin Burrow on translations of The Odyssey, including Emily Wilson’s (April 2018)

– Margaret MacMillan on Adam Tooze (February 2015)

– Pankaj Mishra on the wrong human rights (June 2018)

– Adam Shatz on Patrick Modiano (September 2016)


Reading list for 19 July

– Deborah Meyler on why ‘the true goal is Pence’ (February 2017)

– Bruce Ackerman on the Supreme Court (February 2005)

– Deborah Friedell on Fred Trump (October 2015)

– Arthur Snell on the Steele Dossier (April 2018)

– Colin Kidd on the Republicans (November 2004)


Reading list for 5 July

– David Runciman on Russia 2018 (June 2018)

– Sam Kinchin-Smith on Fifa and the FBI (May 2018)

– Martin Amis on intellectual football-lovers (December 1981)

– Helen Thompson on West Ham United (April 2018)

– Andrew O’Hagan on hating football (June 2002)


Reading list for 28 June (The Politics Festival, Kings Place)

– Helen Thompson on the EU and whether it will hold (June 2018)

– Didier Fassin on Macronisme (July 2018)

– Thomas Meaney on the last German election (September 2017)

– Christopher Clark on the pope who would be king (May 2018)


Reading list for 21 June (Andrew O’Hagan)

– Andrew O’Hagan on Grenfell Tower (June 2018)

– Film: Anthony Wilks considers the culture of Kensington and Chelsea Council, and where it came from (June 2018)

– Tom Crewe on the strange death of municipal England (December 2016)

– James Meek on the housing crisis (January 2014)

– Andrew O’Hagan on The Daily Mail (June 2017)

– Andrew O’Hagan on the manifestos killers leave behind (October 2015)

– Andrew O’Hagan on Julian Assange (March 2014)

– Andrew O’Hagan’s notes on a notebook (September 1999)

– Andrew O’Hagan on our paedophile culture (January 1998)

– Andrew O’Hagan on Jon Venables (March 1993)


Reading list for 14 June

– Bruce Cumings on a murderous history of Korea (May 2017)

– Patrick Wright on Nixon in China (August 2007)

– Peter Riddell on Vienna, 1961 (October 1991)

– Alan Milward on Munich, 1938 (January 1989)

– Kim Phillips-Fein on Geneva, 1985 (October 2006)

– Gavin Francis on Yalta, 1945 (June 2016)

– Justine Burley on Everest (January 1998)


Reading list for 7 June

– Thomas Jones on a week in Italian politics (June 2018)

– Claudio Segrè on democracy, Italian style (June 1988)

– Thomas Jones on another week in Italian politics (June 2018)

– Perry Anderson on the Italian disaster (May 2014)

– Stephen Smith in Rome (March 1994)

– Tessa Hadley on Iris Origo (May 2018)


Reading list for 24 May

– Adam Shatz on the drift towards war (May 2018)

– David Patrikarakos on Iran’s nuclear programme (December 2011)

– Isabel Hilton on North Korea (June 2010)

– Tim Barker on oil prices (June 2017)

– David Bromwich on Barack Obama (July 2014)


Reading list for 17 May

– David Runciman reviews The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (October 2009)

– Judith Shklar on Jean-Jacques Rousseau (August 1983)

– Jean McNicol on mental health care (February 1995)

– Alan Finlayson on Brexitism (May 2017)

– Mike Jay on Franco Basaglia (September 2016)

– James Meek on the NHS (April 2018)


Reading list for 10 May (Stephen Toope)

– Malcolm Gaskill on strike (April 2018)

– Stefan Collini on the marketisation doctrine (May 2018)

– Marina Warner on the disfiguring of higher education (March 2015)

– David Runciman on how to undo Brexit (May 2018)

– Stefan Collini on the costs of university privatisation (April 2016)

– Marina Warner on why she quit (September 2014)


Reading list for 3 May (Diane Coyle)

– John Lanchester on the ECB (September 2014)

– A letter by Diane Coyle, from August 2000

– William Davies on central banks and banking (February 2017)

– Wynne Godley on why the budget was interesting (April 1993)

– John Lanchester on money (April 2016)

– Melanie Phillips (!) on the dole (July 1982)

– Simon Wren-Lewis on magic money trees (July 2017)


Reading list for 26 April (James Williams)

– Katrina Forrester on the happiness industry (October 2015)

– Hal Foster on Bruce Mau (April 2001)

– Owen Hatherley on postcapitalism (June 2016)

– Barry Schwartz on self-control and wellbeing (March 2007)

– John Lanchester on why you are the product (August 2017)


Reading list for 19 April (Tim Shipman)

– Colin Kidd on Fall Out: A Year Of Political Mayhem by Tim Shipman (January 2018)

– Martin Hickman on the tabloids and how they got away with it (January 2016)

– Ian Jack reviews All Out War alongside books by Daniel Hannan and Arron Banks (June 2017)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the populist moment (December 2016)

– David Runciman on the last election, and its aftermath (June 2017)


Reading list for 12 April

– Colin Kidd on popular conservatism (October 2017)

– John Gray on what will happen to the Tories (April 2010)

– Douglas Hurd’s Tamworth Manifesto (March 1988)

– Anne Sofer on Militant (August 1984)

– Ross McKibbin makes the case for confrontation as opposed to consensus (February 1996)

– David Marquand writes on the eve of the SDP’s first Party Conference (October 1981)

– Barbara Wootton on the future of the Labour Party (December 1980)


Reading list for 5 April (James Meek)

– James Meek on the NHS, and the end of an idea (April 2018)

– James Meek on the privatisation of the NHS (September 2011)

– James Meek follows Cadbury to Poland (April 2017)

– James Meek on farms and farmers (June 2016)

– James Meek on the great train robbery (May 2016)

– James Meek reports from Grimsby (April 2015)

– James Meek in Farageland (October 2014)

– James Meek on the housing disaster (January 2014)

– James Meek on how we happened to sell off our electricity (September 2012)

– James Meek in the sorting office (April 2011)

– James Meek on England’s water (July 2008)


Reading list for 29 March

– William Davies on Cambridge Analytica (April 2018)

– John Lanchester on why you are the product (August 2017)

– Stephanie Burt on Facebook (June 2010)

– Thomas Jones on Facebook (July 2014)

– Joanna Biggs on Facebook feminism (April 2013)

– Tom Crewe on why post-truth is a place of opportunity (August 2017)

– Katrina Forrester on the happiness industry (October 2015)


Reading list for 22 March (Bridget Kendall)

– Tony Wood on the new Cold War (March 2017)

– Neal Ascherson on Putin’s Russia (May 2004)

– Peter Pomerantsev reviews A Very Expensive Poison by Luke Harding (March 2016)

– Sheila Fitzpatrick on Svetlana Alexievich (October 2016)

– Keith Gessen on Khodorkovsky’s rise and fall (February 2010)

– Daniel Soar on Putin on judo (April 2007)

– Jackson Lears on what we don’t talk about when we talk about Russian hacking (January 2018)

– Peter Pomerantsev on Putin’s Rasputin (October 2011)

– Mary-Kay Wilmers in Moscow (August 1994)


Reading list for 15 March (George Monbiot)

– Paul Foot on George Monbiot and Naomi Klein (February 2001)

– John Lanchester on global warming (March 2007)

– George Letsas on Brexit and the Constitution (March 2017)

– William Davies on Theresa May (November 2016)

– Linda Colley on the problem with winning (March 2018)

– Joseph Stiglitz on Keynes (April 2010)

– Aaron Bastani on Jón Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavík (September 2014)

– Wes Enzinna on Murray Bookchin (May 2017)

– Amia Srinivasan on William MacAskill’s Centre for Effective Altruism (September 2015)

– Steven Mithen reviews Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott (November 2017)

– David Runciman on climate change (September 2015)


Reading list for 8 March

– Thomas Jones on the Italian election (March 2018)

– Wolfgang Streeck on the German exception (May 2017)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the populist moment (December 2016)

– Christopher Clark on Bismarck (March 2011)

– Perry Anderson on the Italian disaster (May 2014)

– Nora Berend and Christopher Clark on the Hungarian government’s attempts to rewrite the country’s past (November 2014)


Reading list for 1 March (Ed Miliband)

– Ed Miliband on the inequality problem (February 2016)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the hollowing of western democracy (May 2014)

– Hettie O’Brien on UBI (January 2018)

– Peter Jenkins on the seventies (May 1980)


Reading list for 22 February

– Paul Myerscough on Corbyn in the media (October 2015)

– Tariq Ali on Corbyn’s progress (March 2016)

– Lorna Finlayson on the case for keeping Corbyn (June 2016)

– Tom Crewe in the Corbyn camp (August 2016)

– Dawn Foster at the Labour Party Conference (September 2016)

– Tom Crewe before the election (May 2017)

– David Runciman after the election (June 2017)

– William Davies on reasons for Corbyn (July 2017)


Reading list for 15 February (Tara Westover)

– Sidney Blumenthal on Trump and the mob (February 2017)

– John Bayley on Umberto Eco (October 1989)

– Namara Smith reviews Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood (July 2017)

– David Haglund on Mormonism (May 2003)

– Alan Finlayson on Brexitism (May 2017)

– Deborah Friedell on the missionaries she met in a lift (September 2016)

– Pankaj Mishra on Ta-Nehisi Coates (February 2018)

– M.J. Hyland on her two years as a Mormon (May 2004)

– Anthony Pagden on 19th-Century Millenarianism and Utopianism (October 1987)

– David Bromwich on free speech and what we’re allowed to say (September 2016)


Reading list for 8 February

– James Meek on the housing disaster (January 2014)

– Tom Crewe on the strange death of municipal England (December 2016)

– Onora O’Neill on Jürgen Habermas (November 1990)

– John Lanchester on the banks (May 2009)

– Jamie Martin on the rise of mass poverty (April 2015)

– Benjamin Kunkel on Thomas Piketty (July 2014)

– James C. Scott reviews The Great Leveller by Walter Scheidel (October 2017)

– Christina Gombar on Kate Jennings’s Moral Hazard (August 2002)


Reading list for 1 February

– David Runciman on what’s wrong with Theresa May (March 2017)

– Eric Hobsbawm on the question of leadership (March 1991)

– Franziska Augstein on Angela Merkel (July 2011)

– Peter Clarke on Gordon Brown and HM Treasury (April 2004)

– John Lanchester on Alastair Campbell (August 2007)

– Ian Gilmour on the Tory Leadership through the ages (October 2005)


Reading list for 25 January (Nadia Urbinati)

– Perry Anderson on the Italian disaster (May 2014)

– Stephen Smith in Rome (March 1994)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the populist moment (December 2016)

– Claudio Segrè on democracy, Italian style (June 1988)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the crisis of western democracy (May 2014)

– Thomas Jones on Wu Ming (July 2013)

– George Letsas on Brexit and the constitution (March 2017)


Reading list for 18 January (Peter Carey)

– Nicholas Spice reviews Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America (August 2010)

– Margaret Walters on Peter Carey (April 1988)

– David Runciman on Tuesday 8 November, 2072 (March 2013)

– Michael Davie on Gough Whitlam (September 1986)

– Theo Tait reviews His Illegal Self by Peter Carey (March 2008)

– Nicholas Jose on indigenous Australians (February 1998)


Reading list for 11 January (John Naughton)

– Diarmaid MacCulloch on Martin Luther’s intervention (August 2016)

– Blair Worden on the printing revolution in early modern Europe (August 2000)

– John Naughton on the nuclear question (September 1980)

– John Naughton on Prime Ministers and television (November 1988)

– Hilary Mantel on Bloody Mary (September 2009)

– Sherry Turkle on Tamagotchi love (April 2006)


Reading list for 4 January

– James Meek on Helen Dunmore’s The Siege, and several other books about the Second World War (September 2001)

– Patrick Collinson on Diarmaid MacCulloch’s writing about the Reformation (June 2004)

– Carolyn Steedman on a new world for women (October 2017)

– Josephine Quinn on the Empress Theodora (May 2017)

– Richard Lloyd Parry on Victor Cha’s The Impossible State (May 2013)


Reading list for 21/28 December 2017: 12 pieces from the past 12 months

– Rebecca Solnit on Donald Trump’s fear of women (January 2017)

– David Bromwich on the difference between resisting and opposing Trump (February 2017)

– David Runciman on what’s wrong with Theresa May (March 2017)

– Julian Barnes on why Brexit means people will hate us again (April 2017)

– Tom Crewe on Labour’s pre-election prospects (May 2017)

– Colin Kidd and Malcolm Petrie on our national hodgepodge (June 2017)

– William Davies on reasons for Jeremy Corbyn’s success (July 2017)

– Sionaidh Douglas-Scott on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (August 2017)

– Swati Dhingra and Nikhil Datta on how not to do trade deals (September 2017)

– Tom Crewe on the party conferences (October 2017)

– Adam Shatz on the President and the Bomb (November 2017)

– Jackson Lears on what we don’t talk about when we talk about Russian hacking (December 2017)


Reading list for 14 December 2017

– Stephen Sedley on the confidence and supply agreement (December 2017)

– Wolfgang Streeck on the future of the Euro (March 2016)

– David Runciman on superstates (July 2001)

– John Hume on the end of the Unionist veto in Ulster (February 1989)

– Susan McKay on the post-Brexit borderlands (March 2017)

– Vernon Bogdanor on democracy at the polls (June 1982)


Reading list for 7 December 2017

– David Runciman on how democracy ends (December 2016)

– Richard J. Evans on Il Duce (February 2013)

– Thomas Meaney reviews On Tyranny (May 2017)

– William Davies on banking alchemy (February 2017)

– Danny Dorling on life expectancy (November 2017)

– Alexander Clapp on the Golden Dawn (December 2014)

– R.T. Murphy on Japanese democracy (January 2002)

– James C. Scott on The Great Leveller (October 2017)

– John Lanchester on Mark Zuckerberg (August 2017)


Reading list for 30 November 2017 (Jess Phillips)

– Lucy Prebble on Harvey Weinstein (November 2017)

– Tom Crewe on politics and the press (August 2017)

– William Davies on reasons for Corbyn (July 2017)

– Richard Seymour on trolling (December 2016)

– Stefan Collini on social mobility (January 2016)

– Mary Beard on the public voice of women (March 2014)


Reading list for 23 November 2017 (David Miliband)


– Frances Stonor Saunders on border crossings (March 2016)

– Daniel Trilling on the refugee crisis (July 2017)

– Naomi Klein on the violence of othering in a warming world (June 2016)

– Jeremy Harding on Candidate Macron (March 2017)

– Edward Said on Eric Hobsbawm’s Age of Extremes (March 1995)

– Eric Hobsbawm on war and peace (February 2002)

– David Runciman reviews A Journey (October 2010)

– Seamus Milne on New Labour (April 1996)

– Tony Blair, writing in the LRB in October 1987

– Ed Miliband on the inequality problem (February 2016)


Reading list for 16 November 2017 (Jan-Werner Müller)


– Jan-Werner Müller on Verhofstadt’s vision (June 2017)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the populist moment (December 2016)

– Jan-Werner Müller on Europe’s sullen child (June 2016)

– Jan-Werner Müller on the problems of the Eurozone (August 2015)

– Jan-Werner Müller on what Germans think about when they think about Europe (2012)

– Adam Shatz on the President and the Bomb (November 2017)

– Edward Luttwak on why fascism is the wave of the future (1994)


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