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Articles from No. 62, Spring

Alternatives to Neoliberalism: A Framing Statement
Introduction: the political context This article introduces a new series of Soundings essays, to be written by different authors, which follow on from After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto, whose twelve online instalments were completed early...
A New Constitutional Settlement for Big Business
[Big business] exists and derives its right to exist under, and only under, a tacit social contract. This social contract requires management of big business to assume certain responsibilities. Assumption and fulfilment of them entitles big business...
A Tribute to Doreen Massey
As we were going to press, we received the terrible news that Doreen Massey, our great friend and fellow editor, had died on 11 March. It was a devastating shock to us all. We could not have imagined, even for a moment, that Doreen might be leaving...
Constructing a New Politics
Introduction The last half century has been witness to both the crumbling of the old standoff between East and West and the total failure on the part of both orthodox Marxism and European social democracy to adapt to changing circumstances, or present...
Editorial
In this issue we begin our new series, Soundings Futures, which explores positive and programmatic alternatives to neoliberalism. In introducing the series Michael Rustin points to the links between this project and our Soundings manifesto, the main...
Locking in Austerity
A short history of macroeconomic policy rules In 1844, strongly influenced by the proto-monetarist doctrines of the currency school, the British Parliament passed the Bank Charter Act, which forbade the Bank of England to issue banknotes except...
Love and Revolution in Neoliberal Europe
Srecko Horvat, The Radicality of Love, Polity Press 2016 'Europe is kaput'. The title of a recent discussion between Slavoj Zizek and Yanis Varoufakis at London's Southbank Centre might well be understood as a diagnosis of the European status quo:...
Militarism or Internationalism? British Foreign Policy at a Crossroads
The two recent House of Commons votes on military action in Syria, in August 2013 and December 2015, hint at a potential crisis of legitimacy brewing in the realm of British foreign policy. On the first occasion, the vote not to authorise military...
Post-Capitalism and the Workless Society
Paul Mason, Post-Capitalism: A guide to our future, Allen Lane 2015 Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future: Post-Capitalism and a world without work, Verso 2015 At Soundings our recent focus with The Kilburn Manifesto has been on...
Review Essay: What Is the Question?
Mike Savage et al, Social Class in the 21st Century, Pelican Books 2015 I imagine that readers of Soundings, like others who have a strong interest in politics and culture, will often think of British society in terms of the 'working class' and...
Strangers When We Meet: Identity and Solidarity
This is a hideous problem. Never in the history of humanity have all the people of the world got together to deal with one particular problem and agree on what the solution should be. Never, ever, has that happened before. David Attenborough on...
Tax: A Political Fault Line
Richard Murphy, The joy of tax: how a fair tax system can create a better society, Transworld Publishers 2015 This is a book that, in spite of its apparently precise focus (tax), carries an argument that is impressively broad in its implications....
The Campaign for Digital Citizenship
In the 1990s, users experienced the internet as a collaborative and creative space. Designers, artists, ideas entrepreneurs and digital 'gurus' became involved in what seemed like a limitless new world of possibilities. However, this era of possibility...
The Colonial Representation of Jihadi John: Matters of Life and Death in the 'War on Terror'
On 19 August 2014 a video was uploaded to YouTube showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley by the man who later came to be known as Jihadi John. This was the first of seven videos depicting similar scenes. Distributed through YouTube and...
The Housing Crisis: Too Difficult or a Great Opportunity?
The crisis affecting housing in Britain both reflects and contributes to most of the pathological features of the present conjuncture which the Kilburn Manifesto has analysed. The onslaught on the living standards and wellbeing of most citizens during...
The Limitations of Transnational Business Feminism: The Case of Gender Lens Investing
The fact that there is a gender bias in women's access to finance in almost all parts of the world has been well documented. The specific expressions of this bias vary across space and place. In the US, for instance, it has been found that women (particularly...
Three Poems: New Boots & Pantisocracies
The New Boots & Pantisocracies project arose from an exchange of puns on Facebook between WN. Herbert (Omnesia, Cabaret McGonagall and other publications) and Andy Ching (once of Donut Press). The title made an odd connection between the musical...
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