The Finance Curse: Introduction By Dan Hind

4 June 2013 — Dan Hind

It is now well known that many countries which depend on earnings from natural resources like oil have failed to harness them for national development. In many cases it seems even worse than that: for all the hundreds of billions of dollars sloshing into countries like oil-rich Nigeria, for instance, such places seem to suffer more conflict, lower economic growth, greater corruption, higher inequality, less political freedom and often more absolute poverty than their resource-poor peers. This paradox of poverty from plenty has been extensively studied and is known as the Resource Curse.

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Video: Dan Hind: Democratizing the public sphere should be of acute interest to progressive movements

30 May 2013 — Youtube

The Croatian government is running a trial of democratic control of the media this year, and that’s why I was in Zagreb, giving the interview. The interview was made during Dan Hind’s visit to Zagreb and participation in the Balkan Forum of the 6th Subversive Festival 4-18th May 2013 Continue reading this...

Depleted Uranium: The BBC’s John Simpson does a hatchet job on Fallujah’s genetically damaged children By William Bowles

1 April 2013 —

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What If They Held A Constitutional Convention and Everybody Came? By Dan Hind

1 April 2013 Return of the Public

On March 25th the House of Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published Do We Need A Constitutional Convention for the UK? Though the report acknowledged widespread opposition to the idea – from the government, from the Scottish National Party and from the Conservative party in Wales, as well as from some members of the committee itself – it concluded that a convention was necessary, in order to address the growing strains on the UK‘s constitution caused by ‘a huge amount of incremental constitutional change over the past two decades’ (p.17).

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Leveson and Leviathan, or What the Papers Won’t Say By Dan Hind

29 November 2012 — Return of the Public

Journalists and their editors have an unusual privilege. As brokers of public speech they largely determine how the world beyond our immediate experience appears to us. They decide what matters and who to take seriously. This privilege is particularly pronounced when it comes to their own trade, where, after all, they have firsthand knowledge. And they do not like to let outsiders in on the process, if they can help it. The anthropologist Georgina Born describes in her book Uncertain Vision a 1997 conversation with Jim Gray and Jeremy Paxman of Newsnight: Continue reading this...

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Introduction: The Needs of Oligarchy by Dan Hind

27 November 2012The Return of the Public

We have been taught not to like things. Finally somebody said it was OK to like things. This was a great relief. — David Byrne

The collapse of Britain’s finance-dominated economic model in 2007-8 and the scandals that followed in quick succession mark the beginning of a constitutional crisis. How this crisis is resolved will determine the future of the country. I believe that republican doctrines and habits of mind provide valuable resources for those who want Britain to become more democratic, more equal and more truly prosperous. What follows is intended to convince you. My argument will not concern itself much with the monarchy but the standard meaning of the word ‘republic’ in English obliges me to say something about the Crown.

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The Long and the Short of Press Regulation By Dan Hind

26 November 2012Return of the Public

Free expression is important. Its importance is often couched in terms of the common good. A society in which people can speak freely is one in which injustice can be remedied, corruption punished and so on. But it is also a good for the individual. Free speech is best means by which we  can discover our preferences, strengthen ourselves in argument, and make sense of the world we are thrown into at birth.

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Introduction to “Well, How Did We Get Here?”

3 October 2012 — Return of the Public

Where Are We Exactly?

The banks have ripped us off, screwed the economy, and taken tens of billions in the taxpayers’ name. They are not lending to the productive sector of the economy, they are still paying themselves huge bonuses, and there is barely a flicker of political protest. None of the three major parties are even thinking of doing anything serious to restrain or reform them. It’s not that the banks are too big to fail, to quote the title of one of the books about the events of 2007/8; they have already failed. Rather, they are perceived in this country to be too big to tackle. Continue reading this...

The BBC’s Coverage of Southern Europe by Dan Hind

30 September 2012Return of the Public

Yesterday’s main news bulletin on BBC 1 somehow managed to miss another large demonstration against austerity in Lisbon, where tens of thousands gathered in the capital‘s Praca de Comercio square. The bulletin also didn’t find time for yet more protests in Madrid.

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Greek lessons By Dan Hind

27 Aug 2012 – Aljazeera

Hind’s piece is followed by a response from Lenin’s tomb

Could political radicals learn a few lessons from how Syriza created a diverse coalition in Greece? By Dan Hind

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Ed Miliband and the Political Mainstream By Dan Hind

6 November 2011 — The Return of the World

Ed Miliband has just posted an article in which he notices the existence of the occupation of Saint Paul’s, and of ‘hundreds of similar demonstrations in cities across the world’. The piece is a masterclass in political positioning and it deserves a little close reading.

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Caught between God and Mammon By Dan Hind

28 October 2011 — The Return of the Public

A noted Conservative politician and author, Boris Johnson, yesterday invoked demonic powers in a blasphemous outburst against the people camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral. In what can only be described as a Satanic parody of the ritual of exorcism Johnson cried, ‘In the name of God and Mammon, go’.

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“I Demand to Know What You’re Demanding!” Some Remarks on Programme at OccupyLSX By Dan Hind

24 October 2011 — The Return of the Public

There is something very striking about the occupation in the City of London. From the outset the ordinary dynamics of protest appeared to have been suspended. The form was different, for a start. This wasn’t a march from A to B, with its accompanying sense of an ending. But more than that, the occupiers weren’t trying to stop anything or resist anything. There was no vote in Parliament that acted as a focus for popular outrage. The occupiers weren’t resisting, or trying to stop something. They were making something happen.

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Media Reform in Britain By Dan Hind

9 October 2011 — The Return of the Public

Speech at the Rebellious Media Conference, London, 9th October, 2011

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