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    The UK Election! A Reading List! 50% off!


    The spectacle of representative democracy is fully underway in the UK, and what a ride it's been so far! To celebrate we present a reading list featuring leading voices dealing with the key issues in British politics today, AND they're all 50% off until the election, with free shipping worldwide, and bundled ebooks where available!

    Features Danny Dorling, James Meek, Owen Jones, Tariq Ali, Allyson Pollock, Ralph Miliband, and more.

    See all our Election extracts here.

Authors

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    Danny Dorling

    Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Oxford. He appears regularly on TV...
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    Shulamith Firestone

    “A landmark manifesto” — Susan Faludi, New Yorker
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    James Meek

    “Meek is a writer of fiction as well as a journalist, and it shows: he crafts beautiful and vivid passages.” – Owen Jones, New Statesman

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    Tariq Ali

    “Ali remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist.”—Observer
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    Arundhati Roy

    “Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading."
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    Ghada Karmi

    Ghada Karmiwas born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University. She...

Books

Events

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    May 18, 2015

    United Kingdom

    Small Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building

    The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

    Kristin Ross discusses her new book at Goldsmiths, London
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    May 20, 2015

    London SW5 0SW, United Kingdom

    The Mosaic Rooms, London

    Return: A Palestinian Memoir

    Ghada Karmi discusses Palestinian exile and displacement.
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    May 21, 2015

    London, United Kingdom

    Shaw Theatre

    Syria: Beyond the Red Line

    Jonathan Littell discusses the Syrian conflict with Orwa Nyrabia, Anthony Lloyd and others.

Blog

  • The 2015 UK election: A Reading List (all 50% off until the election!)

    The spectacle of representative democracy is fully underway in the UK, and what a ride it's been so far! Declaring low taxation at the heart of his political beliefs (no shocker there), David Cameron has come up trumps with his frankly laughable comments on high tax being “morally wrong” and there being “no such thing as public money”. Nigel Farage managed to up his campaign of hate and racism with his thoughts on "health tourism" and the NHS, centering his focus on HIV-positive migrants (killing two birds with one big hateful stone there, I suppose). Meanwhile, over in camp Labour, the jury's out on whether Ed Miliband can convince the public with his “Hell yes, I’m tough enough” routine. Perhaps that wasn’t his first choice of catchphrase, but that’s the magic of live TV. And all cower behind Nicola Sturgeon, maybe the most dangerous woman in Britain.

    In light of this we present a reading list featuring leading voices and books dealing with the key issues in British politics today. As an election present from us to you, they're all 50% off until the election, with free shipping worldwide, and bundled ebooks where available!


    Steve Bell on David Cameron's employment statistics, Guardian

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  • Tariq Ali on "the triumph of finance" and the politics of Thatcher and Blair

    Economically, the country is far from the visions of recovery and renewal promised by the Coalition and its media retinue. If anything, conditions are getting worse for the majority, while markets remain volatile. Underlying this trend is a continuing engrossment of wealth and privileges enjoyed by the rich. As pointed out by countless observers, while the earnings of the average employed person are either static or declining, the salaries and bonus options of the 1 per cent continue to rise. In this extract from The Extreme Centre, Tariq Ali critiques the politics of Thatcher and Blair.

    The origins of the new politics are firmly rooted in Thatcher’s response to Britain’s decline. Unemployment was ruthlessly held above three million for ten years, enabling the Conservatives to push though a programme of social re-engineering – deploying state resources to crush the unions and initiate the privatization of public utilities and housing, in hopes of creating a nation of ‘property-owners and shareholders’ – that transformed the country.1 The defence industry was ring-fenced while the rest of manufacturing was handed a collective death warrant. The defeat of the miners’ strike obliterated any possibility of resistance by the trade-union leaders and the rank and file. The triumph of finance capital was now complete. The decline of large parts of the country continued apace, and in turn, the country became increasingly restive.

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  • Neve Gordon questions the IDF's tactics in Gaza

    The Israeli group Breaking the Silence recently released a report comprising 111 testimonies from soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge, last year's brutal assault on Gaza that resulted in over 2000 deaths and displaced half a million Gazans.



    Neve Gordon, contributor to The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (Verso 2012), broke down the IDF's tactics in an essay for the LRB, highlighting the army's lack of concern for civilan life and consistent use of destruction as deterrence. 

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  • "Political leaders within the 1% promise to reduce inequality just before they gain power, but then increase it" - Danny Dorling

    Growing income and wealth inequality is recognised as the greatest social threat of our times. The top 1 per cent contribute to rising inequality, not just by taking more and more, but by suggesting that such greed is justifiable and using their enormous wealth to promote that concept. In this extract from Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling argues that there will always be a top 1 per cent, but there can be more or less inequality.


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