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.
Idealism without Utopias Public Lecture
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.
Precarity for All Public Lecture
On the political drivers and consequences of insecurity
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.
What is the connection between the spectacular growth of inequality and the dramatic increase of rule-of-law violations in liberal democracies?
What really troubles the 99% Public Lecture
A guest talk at 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.
On 1989's lost insights Public Lecture
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.
Hidden Letters Public Lecture
Poetry, Precarity and Post-Covid Monuments
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.