The mutualism solution

Or the John Lewis model for rethinking the state

By way of an addenudm to my previous post on Tony Judt's recommendation that the centre left set about rethinking the state, let me point you in the direction of Sunder Katwala's post at Next Left on the recent fashion, on both left and right (the "Red Tory" right, at least), for mutualism. Sunder sees in the mutualist tradition a possible alternative to centralised command-and-control conceptions of the state. He also suggests that it offers the left an excuse to look back to thinkers such as G D H Cole "in search of a more empowering, participatory and decentralised idea of how society and state interact".

Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect. He was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman.

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#2: The Confession Tapes, Tricky's ununiform and Deep Blue Something

The new NS culture podcast with Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman.

On the New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the Netflix true crime series The Confession Tapes and Tricky's new album ununiform. Plus, for their next noniversary, they celebrate "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something. Listen on iTunes here, on Acast here or via the player below:

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