27 August

'Books have souls as well as men, which survives their martyrdom, and are not burnt, but crowned by the flames that encircle them'

August 27, 2009 · 1 min read

Republican John Milton was already in hiding when, on this day in 1660, copies of his books were publicly burned by the hangmen of London because of his attacks on King Charles II. Milton believed England should be ruled by grand council, ‘an aristocracy of virtue’.


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Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

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After the virus: no return to the old economy

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A tribute to Mike Cooley

Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith

Build small, think big

Phillip O’Sullivan looks at the role of community energy groups in disrupting the energy status quo

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