07 November 2018

L&W Website Top 10

We’re pleased to announce L&W’s top 10 views and downloads for autumn 2018: an eclectic and topical mix of free to view content that reflects your interests as well as the wider political landscape.

1. After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto
Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin (eds)

First published in 2015, Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin’s Kilburn Manifesto argues for radical alternatives to the neoliberal order. This title is still among our most widely-read books, and is free to download.


Richard Kuper, Brendan McGeever, Lynne Segal and Nira Yuval-Davis, in discussion with Jamie Hakim and Ben Little

This roundtable discussion seeks to separate out some of the different strands that have been bundled together in recent debates, and to better understand the underlying issues in the row about antisemitism. This blog post is a preview of Soundings 70: Telling political stories – out later this month. 


3. New Formations 94: Neoliberal capitalism and its crises in Europe: towards a Luxemburgian interpretation
Ingo Schmidt

Part of a special issue of New Formations to mark the centenary of Rosa Luxemburg’s death, this essay undertakes a Luxemburgian analysis of the rise, consolidation and crisis of neoliberal capitalism in Europe.

To celebrate this special issue, we’re currently offering Rosa Luxemburg: An intimate portrait by Mathilde Jacobs for only £10.00. 


4. The Neoliberal Revolution
Stuart Hall

In this 2011 essay Stuart Hall considers the aftermath of the debt-fuelled boom, the banking crisis of 2007-10, the defeat of New Labour and the rise to power of a Conservative-Liberal-Democratic Coalition and asks ‘What sort of crisis is this?’. ‘The Neoliberal Revolution’ is part of The Neoliberal Crisis (edited by Sally Davison and Katharine Harris). 

5. Soundings Blog: Shifting sands
Mark Perryman

In the aftermath of the Labour Party conference, and with the final parliamentary debates over departure from the EU a matter of weeks away, Mark Perryman argues that Labour must discount any likelihood of an early General Election and focus instead on the changed political terrain of post-Brexit Britain. 

6. New Formations 94: Introduction: Transmitting Rosa Luxemburg
Filippo Menozzi


Filippo Menozzi considers Rosa Luxemburg’s reflections on May Day as revealing a deep and thought-provoking way of thinking about memory and cultural transmission: ‘They indicate, suggestively, that struggles taking place in the past sometimes surprise us, in a ‘lightning-like way’, by their anticipatory force in inspiring struggles of the future, forms of resistance that have not yet taken shape.’

7. Renewal 26.3: Editorial: Can Labour Break Free?
Anthony Painter

The left is developing a new socialist political economy built out of new institutions. But the centralisation or decentralisation written into those institutions will determine whether this ‘institutional turn’ will extend freedom and empower individuals and communities, or tend towards bureaucracy and paternalism.


8. Soundings 70 preview: The future of mental health services: the organising challenge ahead
Elizabeth Cotton

Elizabeth Cotton argues that the NHS’s largest mental health programme IAPT (Increased Access to Psychological Therapies) has been a main driver of the unfolding crisis in UK mental health services. This essay draws attention to the extremely serious effects of the IAPT programme - effects that are directly connected to the wider neoliberal mindset that frames it. Part of the Soundings Futures series. 

9. Renewal 26.3: Big politics, big organising and internationalism: How the left can win
Emma Rees and Adam Klug

Emma Rees and Adam Klug argue for an internationalist approach to movement building.

‘In political campaigns in the UKUS, Canada and elsewhere we are seeing the importance of big politics – ideas radical enough to tackle the vast challenges we face – and big organising – building social movements and empowering volunteers to drive campaigns at scale.’

10. Anarchist studies 26.2: ‘To Live Outside the Trial’:  Anarchist Implications in Foucauldian Readings of Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony and The Trial
David Tulley

Through an examination of some recent Foucauldian readings of In the Penal Colony and The Trial, this article argues that Kafka’s engagement with anarchist theory, particularly that of Peter Kropotkin, Mikhail Bakunin and Gustav Landauer, may be considered an unacknowledged source for the well-documented ‘postmodern’ aspect to his work.