21 November

Happy birthday, François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, a man of many letters - more than 21,000 of them, in fact, written during the course of his life to friends, enemies, colleagues, acquaintances and people he never met.

November 21, 2009 · 1 min read

‘If you were to succeed in abolishing superstition, what would you substitute for it?’ this master of reason was once asked. ‘When I deliver the world from a monster which devours it, I am asked what will I put in its place?’ he wrote in reply.


From the US to the UK: shared legacies of black struggle

Far too often, we think of police brutality in the US as exceptional. Families on both sides of the Atlantic tell stories that prove otherwise. Black Britain must be heard, writes Wail Qasim

Immigration detention and the politics of Covid-19

 The response to the pandemic has allowed us to imagine a world without immigration detention centres, writes Rachel Harger

The Gold Vaults of the Bank of England [Credit: Bank of England]

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Keval Bharadia argues for a super-tax on financial markets to curb extreme inequality in the wake of Covid-19


Breaking the Big Pharma stranglehold

Affordable healthcare means breaking the stranglehold that Big Pharma has on our medicines system, writes Dana Brown

Gender, class and cliché in Normal People

The BBC hit drama shows the complexities of class mobility, but can’t avoid class and gender stereotypes, says Frances Hatherley

Momentum

Forward Momentum: democracy isn’t a distraction

Democracy isn’t a distraction, says Deborah Hermanns - it’s the only way to transform Momentum and the Labour Party and effectively build power in our communities.