THE LURE OF GREATNESS: England’s Brexit and America’s Trump

By Anthony Barnett

From the writer and co-founder of openDemocracy, a forensic and sweeping polemic

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Not about Brexit

The virus is both terrible yet creates hope, as kindness and a sense of humanity come through. How is this possible? I wrote my answer under lockdown. As well as proposing what to do now it turned into a history of the past 50 years: I show how a humanisation grew inside the global disorder. It's pamphlet length at 23,000 words and there is a pdf for easier reading. Also an openDemocracy video debate about it with Achille Mbembe especially memorable, and I tussled with Yanis Varoufakis over it in his 'TV' show - I'm opposed to his 'This is the correct programme' approach. While not about Brexit (apart from a few blows at Johnson and Cummings at the start!) I feel it develops the approach I explored in The Lure of Greatness. Here are the links:

Out of the Belly of Hell, COVID-19 and the Humanisation of Globalisation

Debate with Thea Riofrancos and Achille Mbember

Debate with Yanis Varoufakis and Rosemary Bechler


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