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    Private Island by James Meek

    “From Thatcher to Cameron, prime minister after prime minister has flogged off our public assets at rock bottom prices to the private sector. The result has been massive returns for investors and middle men, poorer services for the public – and a downgrading of our entitlements as citizens.” – Aditya Chakrabortty

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    In Defense of Gaza

    The residents of Gaza assess the destruction of hospitals, schools, mosques and homes. Verso’s Israel-Palestine reading list charts the history of the conflict, the military and economic forces at work, and the real obstacles to a lasting peace—from history, analysis and memoir to fiction and poetry.


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    Alexander Cockburn

    "Hedonist, populist, brawler, dandy." – Los Angeles Review of Books
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    Bradley L. Garrett

    “For Garrett, physical exploration is merely the outward manifestation of a deeper philosophical inquiry." – GQ
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    Anabel Hernández

    “Brave and invaluable.” – Sunday Times

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    Eric Hazan

    Eric Hazan is the founder of the publisher La Fabrique and the author of several books, including...
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    Rohini Mohan

    Rohini Mohan is a political journalist based in Bangalore, India. She has won prestigious...
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    Lynne Segal

    “A powerful manifesto for dealing with the march of time.” – Observer




  • The Privatisation Scam: An exclusive extract from James Meek's Private Island in the Guardian

    Privatisation promised to turn the UK into an island of small shareholders. It failed: the faceless state bureaucrats have been replaced by faceless (better-paid) private bureaucrats and big foreign corporations. The Guardian has published an exclusive extract from James Meek's Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else, which details how we got to this point. Below you can read a section from the extract:

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  • 'The Attack' by R. H. Tawney: A Soldier Turned Socialist

    R. H. Tawney (1880–1962) was an English economic historian, social critic, ethical socialist, Christian socialist and an important proponent of adult education. In August 2015 Verso will be publishing Tawney’s Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, a classic of political economy that traces the influence of religious thought on capitalism. When Tawney was a young man, he was given a rifle and sent out to France to participate in the Battle of Somme. He wrote about his experiences in an essay titled ‘The Attack’, originally published in the Westminster Gazette August 1916; where he describes the horrors of the battle as well as being shot through the chest in its early stages. Click below to read the essay.

    Last month marked 100 years since Britain joined World War One, yet many recently published histories of Britain's Great War embrace the conflict as a good war—irresistible, righteous—and popular. It has become almost heretical to offer criticism of Britain's intervention. Douglas Newton’s The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914 presents a new critical examination of the government's choice for war, and weaves into the story an account of those "radicals" and other activists who urged neutral diplomacy in 1914.

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  • Ferguson and the normalization of black murder

    Since Michael Brown died at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, the protests in Ferguson have shone a light on major issues of today: militarization, Gaza, the police state, and the myth of post-racial America. In the media, a battle to control the narrative has shadowed the turmoil on the streets, as sources of news and opinion vie to dominate discussion. The debate develops by the hour, but the essential facts remain unchanged: Michael Brown was an unarmed African-American. In his murder are echoes of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Ramarley Graham, and many more.

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  • Manning Marable's "African-American Empowerment in the Face of Racism: The Political Aftermath of the Battle of Los Angeles"

    In response to the 1992 LA Uprising, the late scholar Manning Marable wrote: “Ultimately, the choice of ‘violence or nonviolence’ is not ours, but white America’s. Those who make peaceful change and democratic advancement impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”

    Marable's essay, “African-American Empowerment in the Face of Racism: The Political Aftermath of the Battle of Los Angeles,” originally published in
    Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics, resonates with the Ferguson protests and their popular conception as a riots rather than acts of resistance. With the hope of giving perspective to current events, we bring you Marable’s essay in full.

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