Ideas and Ideals

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A Choice Of Inevitable Futures.  How the Left changed the idea of ‘The Normal’.  And the ideas in Burnham’s Managerial Revolution and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

My father Raymond Williams.  Mostly setting his ideas in what I see as their proper context.

Plato, St Augustine and the Counter-Enlightenment.  A look at Western religious ideas, including Pascal and the Jesuits.  The odd fact that the Jesuits had the most honest position in the theological dispute in which Pascal popularised the idea of Jesuitry.

Evil Armed and Evil Disarmed.  How to prevent school massacres.  The desirability of preventing gun ownership.

Iraq: The First Nine Days.  Observations written at the start of April 2003.  Mostly reflections on the significance of the war, rather than a timetable of events.

Achilles, Westphalia and Iraq.  A review of Philip Bobbitt’s The Shield Of Achilles, written after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

History: the end of Fukuyama.   A review of his 2006 book, After the Neo-Cons.

We Now Have a New Proletariat.   Work has changed, and so have the groups once classified as Working Class.  But this is far from hopeless for socialists, if they will adjust to the changing world.

Eight studies built around a distinct view of the world.  Socialism for the 21st century.

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