A series of previously unpublished intelligence reports casts a new light on the role of the Frankfurt School and its involvement in global power politics during World War II. What role did the critical theorists and political thinkers Herbert Marcuse, Franz Neumann and Otto Kirchheimer play in the birth of the American national security state?
The master of spin gives a PR lesson from the back of his limo
Was Margaret Thatcher a visionary leader who fundamentally changed the landscape of British politics? Or was that landscape already changing, with Thatcher merely overseeing developments that were more or less inevitable? Despite the mythos of contemporary British politics, and of the Conservative Party in particular, there are strong reasons to be doubtful of Thatcher’s status as an economic and political visionary. Examining the development of offshore finance – and of Whitehall’s inability to keep pace with this – indicates that Thatcher’s role has been grossly overstated in the popular imagination. Realising this, however, must lead us to question the future prospects for societies like ours.
Baroness Onora O’Neill speaks to the Review about the Leveson Inquiry, the GCHQ/NSA scandal, the ethics of extra-territorial publication, and the Internet as an arena of power.
Police killings of innocents, due to real or imagined resistance, accidental firearm discharge or raiding the wrong address are both numerous and lurid. Moreover, the circumstances even of justified shootings are frequently relatively trivial matters: possession of small quantities of marijuana or cocaine; rarely the cases of violent armed robbery, domestic terrorism and hostage-taking which SWAT teams were formed to tackle.
King’s Review sat down to talk to Professor David Runciman about revolution, apathy and uncertainty in politics.
Can care take place, at least in institutional form, only when those being cared for are stripped of their responsibility, of their status as fully moral?
A recent book by Chris Hayes, Twilight of the Elites, argues that the dysfunction of the meritocratic system is causing an increasing number of elite failures in the United States. What can European elites learn from his argument about the adaptability of institutions? Moreover, what shape should reform on both sides of the Atlantic take?
Many of us can safely say that without antibiotic treatment, we would not be alive today. Yet because of their effectiveness, low cost and relatively wide availability, these miracle drugs are often taken for granted. Since their discovery only 75 years ago, antibiotics have been losing their effectiveness at an alarming rate, leaving even the most trivial infections untreatable.
King’s Review recently had the pleasure of talking with Cornel West during his stay last week at King’s College, Cambridge. Here he talks to us about the role of academia and the responsibility of intellectuals in the public sphere, particularly their relation to recent political movements such as Occupy, and pressing social and political problems such as climate change, poverty, and financial crises.
How Bitcoin, the Brixton Pound and Time Dollars are injecting pluralism and democracy into the monetary system.
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King’s Review is pleased to present material from Gilded Birds (www.gildedbirds.net), a series of online interviews which each offer ‘a snapshot of contemporary ideals of beauty’. Jane Haynes, psychotherapist and author, discusses her husband’s photograph, ‘Dog and Grass’.Dec 3
There are things happening in Tehran that even by Western standards are almost too creatively subversive to be true. And they are happening in the vehicles that Tehranis covet. During ’rounding’ – a form of car-speed dating – the intimacy that is typically banned from anything but the most private nocturnal spaces is partly able to return during sneaked daytime moments.Nov 4
It may surprise readers to learn that the government has spent the last three years persistently undermining and obstructing Britain’s seventh largest export industry.May 6
Guns, like country music, cowboy boots, and bourbon, have for the past forty years enjoyed a cultural cachet in America that is removed from any practical uses to which they might be put. They have become symbols of Southern and Western self-sufficiency and toughness, an easy way for consumers from particular regions in a market economy to flaunt a middle finger to authority.Mar 23
Two weeks ago, we celebrated International Women’s Day. While there should be no time-stamp on such celebrations, a specific day does provide an opportunity for focus, for female issues to be raised and discussed by experts and non-experts alike. At …Mar 22
Nicholas Mulder’s piece ‘Closed Trials and Open Wounds’ unknowingly served to bring back to mind the part played by Ken and Rosemary Polack and King’s in the cause celebre of the Rudi Dutschke affair of 1970 and the seminal part …Mar 12
The political repercussions of the proposed Justice and Security Bill rocked the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference in Brighton this weekend. Civil rights campaigner Jo Shaw resigned after renouncing her support for Nick Clegg.Mar 10
Keith Chen is a vanguard, almost a Žižekian pop-intellectual fulfilling the necessary clichés (receding hair, slightly squint-eyed, untucked shirt). His theory is daring and far-reaching. It could not only influence, but revolutionise our way of thinking about the economy (at least our way of excusing economic incompetence).Mar 8
In 1940 Charlie Chaplin wrote and starred in The Great Dictator, a feature-length satire directed at the awful absurdities of fascism.Mar 7
In the last month, both the European Commission and U.S. president Barack Obama have pledged to give billions of dollars to fund two separate projects geared towards creating a working model of the human brain.