Welcome

I am a writer, scholar and political commentator interested in judgment and justice, ideologies, democracy's troubles with capitalism and capitalism's devious talent for survival. I draw on history of ideas and political sociology to produce (hopefully) politically salient and critical analyses of modern societies. I'm currently a tenured Associate Professor of Political and Social Theory at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.

Capitalism is not on its deathbed, utopia is not in our future, and revolution is not in the cards. And yet, the time is ripe for radical progressive change.

My latest book

My latest book

"This is the big-think book of our time", James Galbraith, interview. Read his review "The Pandemic and Capitalism".

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Idealism without Utopias

Idealism without Utopias Public Lecture

Organized by Cafe LUX

Utopias kill. We are better off without them. Yet we need a powerful idealism if we are to save the environment and save our societies at the same time.

With Tim Wagemakers
Sat 14 May, 2022
13:45
(UTC+2)

Precarity for All Public Lecture

On the political drivers and consequences of insecurity

Organized by Boston University - Center for the Study of Europe

Pracarity is a state of politically generated social vulnerability that erodes solidarities and hampers socity's capacity to govern itself. Under the right conditions, however, it could generate emancipatory energies.
Event Details

With Daniela Caruso and Vivien Schmidt
Tue 3 May, 2022
14:00
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15:30
(UTC-4)

On the Constitution of Unfreedom in 21st-Century Liberal Democracies Public Lecture

Organized by The European Studies Council of the MacMillan Center, Yale University

What is the connection between the spectacular growth of inequality and the dramatic increase of rule-of-law violations in liberal democracies?

Mon 14 Feb, 2022
12:30
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13:30
(UTC-5)

What really troubles the 99% Public Lecture

A guest talk at the American Library in Paris

Organized by The American Library in Paris

Precarity-for-all or growing inequality, what is the greatest social evil of our age? In a debate with French economist Lucas Chancel I will address some of the fallacies and insights in the thinking about current-day capitalism.

With Lucas Chancel
Wed 2 Feb, 2022
19:30
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20:30
(UTC+1)

On 1989's lost insights Public Lecture

Organized by Central and Eastern European Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists

Keynote address at the 13th CEE Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists: "Political Imagination and Utopian Energies in Central and Eastern Europe", Charles University, Prague, 16 Sept.

Thu 16 Sep, 2021
Hidden Letters

Hidden Letters Public Lecture

Poetry, Precarity and Post-Covid Monuments

Organized by Just Festivals

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines not only of the fiscal and economic policies in most industrialized countries, but also in the debate among poets and politicians about the role of the state and culture, the future of work and the search for an alternative beyond the capitalism-socialism dichotomy. How many of these new ideas and poems will persist once the pandemic is over? Has the time for a new approach to poetry, politics and economics finally arrived? Join us for a discussion about poetry activism, precarity and post-COVID monuments with Scottish and Bulgarian poets and political scientists.

With Nadezhda Radulova and Alec Finlay
Wed 18 Aug, 2021
18:30
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19:30
(UTC+1)

Binding the Guardian Book

On the European Commission’s failure to safeguard the rule of law

with Bethany Howard (eds.)
The Left in the European Parliament
2021

Populism and the Recasting of the Ideological Landscape of Liberal Democracies Book Chapter

in The Palgrave Handbook of Populism edited by Michael Oswald

Palgrave Macmillan
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Published: Sep 2021

Postcapitalism: The Return of Radical Critique Book Chapter

in Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory edited by Gerard Delanty and Stephen P. Turner

Routledge
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Published: 21 Sep, 2021