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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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The Profit Motive
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:16

The Profit Motive

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The Profit Motive - Part One by Owain Holland I speak to you from a secret Government facility named 'Arthur's Grave' on Lundy Island. My name is Doctor Cynthia Doyle. The Government rounded us up. All the healthy, uninfected medical professionals they had left, and sent us here. I'm the…
Swift's satires of English colonialism
Monday, 11 December 2017 09:52

Swift's satires of English colonialism

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On his 350th anniversary, Jenny Farrell outlines how Jonathan Swift's books expressed and strengthened Ireland's cultural struggle against English colonialism. Jonathan Swift was born 350 years ago, on 30th November 1667. Swift belongs to both the literature of Ireland and to that of England. Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal…
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Peter Schlemihl
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 29 November 2017 13:46

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Peter Schlemihl

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The Eighteenth Brumaire Of Peter Schlemihl an anti-capitalist short story by Marc Nash Once upon a time ad infinitum. Once upon a time ad nauseam. Since it is important to encrypt the key archetypes; echo sustain the reverberating symbols; taxiderm the tenacious tropes; and conserve the constant conjunctures. There is…
Witness to the Revolution
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:17

Witness to the Revolution

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John Ellison sketches out the life of Maxim Gorky, the righteous, relentless witness of the revolution who evoked the wretchedness and terror of living under Tsarist violence. The life of Maxim Gorky, author of three unforgettable volumes of autobiography covering his first two decades (‘Childhood’, ‘My Apprenticeship’, and ‘My Universities’),…
Radical Children's Literature
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:11

Radical Children's Literature

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Julia Mickenberg discusses some recently published radical children's literature. As Philip Nel and I suggested in “Radical Children’s Literature Now!", the contemporary field of radical children’s literature is so large that it is impossible to encompass. Still, several recently published, self-consciously radical books that directly or indirectly aim to motivate…
Keep Your Head Down, Henry
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:23

Keep Your Head Down, Henry

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Keep Your Head Down, Henry A Flash novella by Jon Tait   A Red Fox Ah was sitting on the ootdoor netty smoking a Woodbine in me cloth cap when ah hord something scratching aboot among the bins. Whey, ah just gan oot to get away from the noise of…
Trouble In Store
Saturday, 28 January 2017 18:41

Trouble In Store

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When we see rough sleepers on our city streets we feel instinctively that something urgently needs to be done. Yet how far can our compassion stretch? What motivates some individuals to take action? How does it feel to be on the receiving end of compassion? This short story by Dermot…
End of Thrones
Monday, 12 December 2016 15:09

End of Thrones

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Tony McKenna argues that the historical necessity embedded in the story and characters of Game of Thrones means that there is only one way it can end. Winter is coming, for Game of Thrones is now approaching its denouement with the penultimate series scheduled for next year and the final one…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 15:24

The Handsworth Times

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Paul Simon reviews a novel set in 1980s Handsworth, at the time of the riots. This novel by Sharon Duggal of life in early-1980s working-class Birmingham during the time of inner-city rioting is defined by the greater and lesser griefs of the Agarwal family.Through their voices, the wonderful cussedness of…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:46

Animal Farm: a powerfully written allegory but an untruthful, gender-blind analysis

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Following her appearance on the In Our Time radio programme discussing Orwell's Animal Farm, Professor Mary Vincent reflects on its powerfully written but fundamentally untruthful and simplistic analysis of Soviet Russia, based on Orwell's mistaken interpretation of the Spanish Civil War and his blindness to gender issues. When I picked…
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