Moulding Minds: Foreign Policy and the Manipulation of Public Opinion

by Josh Watts

From control over historical records to manipulation of social media, there are a myriad of ways that the state seeks to shape our attitudes to war.

13 Major Policies That Were Victories for Corporate Lobbyists

Tim Holmes

The grubby paw-prints of corporate lobbyists are all over UK public policy. Here are 13 of their worst offences.

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Hit the Fossil Fuel Industry Where it Hurts: Science

Alice Bell

The oil and gas industry needs our science to operate. We don’t need to give it to them.

From Crisis to Crisis in Spain

Graeme Herbert

Spain's economic problems and mounting regional tensions cannot be deferred indefinitely.

Chechnya, Crimea, and Western Realpolitik

Alex Doherty

Britain's reactions to the crimes of the Putin regime in Chechnya tell us much about the sincerity of western concerns regarding Ukrainian sovereignty.

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Doing Business with the World Bank

Martin Kirk

The World Bank is facilitating the displacement of people across the Global South in the name of increased GDP. A new campaign is launching to challenge this injustice.

Neoliberalism and Solidarity in Universities: The Case of Sanaz Raji

Richard Seymour

Marketisation of higher education affects all students, but, as the case of Sanaz Raji illustrates, some are particularly vulnerable.

Reading Mao in India: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland and Naxalism

Yahya Chaudhry

Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Lowland examines the personal and political impact of the early Naxalite movement in India.

Hungary Goes to the Polls, As the Walls Close In

Carl Rowlands

A quarter century after its first free elections in 1990, Hungary is running out of democratic options.

Arts Funding Cuts and Why We Should Fight Them

James Ivens

The social and political repercussions of cuts to UK arts and culture budgets are wide-ranging and pernicious.

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Financialization and Profitability

Barry Finger

Contrary to conventional wisdom, including on the left, there was no neoliberal Golden Age.

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Critique, Influence, Change


A few weeks ago, Ha-Joon Chang, Duncan Green and former NLP editor Ellie Mae O'Hagan launched the Critique, Influence, Change series, published by Zed Books, at the Free Word Centre in London. The...

Breaking the Frame gathering and discussion - May 2nd to 5th


Are you concerned about: • Fracking or the climate crisis?   • Losing your job to a machine or spies reading your email?   • How your food is produced?   • How corporate,...

Wanted: New New Left Project editors


New Left Project will be launching a re-design this Spring. As part of this, as well as an on-going commitment to broadening our editorial expertise, we are looking to recruit at least two new...

Corporates carve up the African cake


A guest post from Stanley Ellerby-English. This week World Development Movement activists, dressed as representatives of some of the world's largest food and drink companies, delivered an Africa...

C Wright Mills on Capitalist Realism


The silent conservatives of corporation, army and state have benefited politically and economically and militarily by the antics of the petty right, who have become, often unwittingly, their...

Drilling for fossil fuels at UCL


I spent yesterday evening listening to Christof Rühl, Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP PLC give the first joint public lecture of UCL's Energy Institute and their Institute for...

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Yes, plants like CO2. But the public need better coverage of climate change


"Plants like CO2" - a new high for the Today Programme's coverage of climate change was reached this morning. Back in the real world, there's a new UN report out on the impacts of climate change....

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Want to Define Democracy? Let’s Start by Remembering the Remembrancer


This is a guest post by Maya Goodfellow. ‘Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be’ - Sidney J Harris On a cold, rainy...

A Note to the City: a poem


A Note to the City Demi Nandrha I can’t help but feel sad for the way you used to hold me. Not too tight just right. You were, as Bachelard said ‘my corner of the world’. If we must take a...

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High Rise Uprise: a poem


High Rise Uprise Peter Raynard   Arise, you high-rise, arise. Take flight you Council Cathedrals.  Storm the South Bank Beat up Big Ben Shatter the Shard Eat the Gherkin Divest of...

The Contemporary City

What are the problems with contemporary urban living and how can we resist and argue for alternatives to the neoliberal city?

The Soul of Man under Socialism

Wit, provocateur, sharp social satirist. Oscar Wilde was, famously, all these things, but he was also a highly engaged participant in the radical political circles of late Victorian London. Nowhere...

Patriarchy 2013

What does patriarchy mean in 2013?

The Passion Industries

Many people enter the creative industries believing that they will be able to realise themselves by exploring their passions, yet across these articles the issues of low/no pay, poor working...

On Theory

Global Capitalism and the State

How the state makes global capitalism, and how global capitalism makes the state. Leading political economists debate the arguments in Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin’s major new book, ‘The Making of...

Left Politics in an International Economy

What are the implications for left politics of international economic integration? This series moves beyond conceptions of the international economy as a vaguely threatening spectre undermining the...

The Power Elite Revisited

Leading sociologists revisit C. Wright Mills’s seminal text ‘The Power Elite’ (1956), exploring its impact and continuing relevance. The series includes an online exclusive from the man...

The Politics of Housing

Activists and academics discuss the history, economics and politics of housing, and explore the possibilities for political mobilisation.

Is Porn Hijacking Our Sexuality?

Is pornography inherently illegitimate, and should it be restricted? Gail Dines and Sarah Ditum debate porn and patriarchy, and Maeve McKeown responds.

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