Elitism, Philistinism and Populism: the sorry tale of British Higher Education Policy

This is from 2010 so a bit dated now, although not as completely dated as the stuff from oD that I simply haven’t moved bothered linking to here at all (yes for the real completists there are still hidden treasures on open Democracy such as my musings on what would happen if Alan Johnson became Labour leader. In point of fact, he didn’t, and that was more or less the end of that.).

A short version of this was published by Guardian Comment is Free in both the online and print (yes print! No I never got paid!) editions.

A Response to The Spirit Level

This is the full text of a talk I gave at the Demos  institute in Ghent in 2010, alongside Richard Wilkinson, one of the authors of The Spirit LevelIt is a sort of response to that very important text although it goes into a very different philosophical register. I don’t think the organisers or Richard expected me to start banging on about Simondon. Ah well – you pays your money and you takes your choice…it’s pretty long so I’m just going to link to the pdf  here, so anyone who wants to can download it easily. Right – here it is: Spirit level