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Paul Mason is a New Statesman contributing writer, author and film-maker. As economics editor at Newsnight, then Channel 4 News, he covered the global financial crisis, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and the Gaza war. His latest book is Clear Bright Future: A radical defence of the human being.
As Boris Johnson announced an extra £16bn for the Ministry of Defence, the potential costs of modern combat to our democracy have never been higher.
As the world divides into regional superpowers – the US, China and the EU – Britain cannot stand alone.
The electoral battles of the future require a new left populism or a more formal alliance between liberalism and the left.
By waging war against the grassroots, the Democratic National Committee reduced itself to a vote-management machine.
Should Joe Biden become president, he will face a four-year campaign of far-right resistance.
The Greater Manchester mayor has demonstrated passion and authority at a moment of emergency.
Boris Johnson’s calamitous response to the pandemic has exposed Britain’s deep democratic decay.
The Labour leader’s strategy is correct but to win he needs the backing of an activist movement.
The US president’s call for the fascist Proud Boys movement to “stand back and stand by” was a deliberate threat to voters.
The Labour leader is committed to a progressive policy agenda but he needs to demonstrate greater urgency.