Soundings

Articles from No. 39, Summer

A Dead End for the EU?
The current EU focus on promoting markets rather than protecting citizens is undermining its wider legitimacy.Since the 1980s the main strategy adopted by the leaders of the European Union has been to pursue market-based economic integration to the increasing...
Exit Strategy: BP and the Fuelling of Heathrow
It is time for the producers of carbon emissions - and not just individual consumers - to take on the burden of climate change.Somewhere in our hearts we know that the terror unleashed by Hurricane Katrina, or the anxiety produced by the collapse of...
Living in Interesting Times
As Grahame Thompson argues in his article in this issue, neoliberalism is common sense now, in the way that social democracy was during the postwar era. Its assumptions are unnoticed and taken for granted. In this issue of Soundings contributors explore...
Melancholic Nation
The New Labour prescription for Britain's melancholia does not understand its underlying causes.A distinctive feature of much of the left in Britain, going right back to the early Fabians, is the way in which its view of good and bad has focused upon...
Paradoxical Progress: Responding to Sexual Violence
Changes in attitudes to sexual violence over the last thirty years have had uneven results in the justice system.Judge Matthew Hale is famous for his view that rape is 'an accusation easily made and hard to be defended by the party accused'. That statement...
Paths through Utopias
Stories from a Utopian journey across Europe.5 AugustIt's Saturday night, a dozen of us are pretending to celebrate a birthday party, and I'm staring into a plate of lukewarm spaghetti. Any appetite has been obliterated by anxiety. The table has been...
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