Polity blog posts highlight new and recent books published by us, often with the comments and views of the authors themselves.

‘The world is an unfolding suffering,’ said Michel Houellebecq, expressing in his own way an axiom that he had come across in the work of Schopenhauer. When Houellebecq stumbled upon a copy of Schopenhauer’s Aphorisms in a library in Paris in his mid-twenties, he was bowled over by it: in
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By Nicholas Abercrombie

Human beings evaluate each other and the events and contents of their social world in different ways.  They make judgments using moral or aesthetic criteria or they can use the yardstick of money.  At the same time, people worry that monetary valuations are replacing those that are … Read More

By Tim Ingold

I could not have known, as I composed the miniature essays assembled in Correspondences, what troubles this year would bring. I didn’t even know, while putting the finishing touches to the text in the days leading up to last Christmas, that the mysterious fever I had … Read More

By Rachel Hammersley

The nature and merits of republican government has long been a contested issue. This is true both in countries governed as republics, such as the US, and in those that are not, including the UK. In the former, discussion tends to centre on whether current practices are … Read More

Why I wrote How to Fight Inequality, and who I wrote it for

By Ben Phillips

For decades, many governments and corporations would quickly shoo out the door people who came to them to recommend policies to tackle inequality. Such an agenda, they would tell us, was simply out … Read More

Originally published on openDemocracy here.

By Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria

The pandemic has lain bare the fragility of existing economic systems. Wealthy nations have more than enough resources to cover public health and basic needs during a crisis, and could weather declines in … Read More

In the troubling times ahead it will be worth remembering the difference between loneliness and solitude. Though many of us will have to make the difficult decision to be physically isolated from our loved ones, there is no need for us to be socially isolated too. Google Chrome have even … Read More

By Alana Lentin

The dominant approach to race after the Holocaust, particularly for most of the European states that positioned themselves as anti-fascist, has been to treat it as a taboo topic. However, brushing race under the carpet and failing to systematically study the ways in which it has been … Read More

By Colin Samson

The title of my new book may seem perplexing. Human rights are widely associated with life affirming social benefits and freedoms. They are said to be enjoyed in democracies, and indeed human rights are often how liberal governments distinguish themselves from autocracies. From the franchise to impartial … Read More

By Aviezer Tucker

The failures of populist leaders in the United States, Brazil, and the United Kingdom to control the outbreak of the COVID 19 plague stand out against successes of some Western European countries in reducing infection, hospitalization and death rates.  Populists waited for too long before they closed … Read More

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