Review: On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti

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Like John Stuart Mill’s 1859 treatise of the same name, On Liberty is a timely wake-up call. But while Mill was an establishment figure deploying the philosophical reasoning of utilitarianism to decry tyranny, Chakrabarti, having forsaken the establishment, engages in a direct attack from the frontline. Formerly a Home Office high-flyer, as Director of Liberty…


Our essential books of 2014: Revolution by Russell Brand

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If Thomas Piketty had been born in Essex and married Katie Perry he might have written a book like Revolution. Russell Brand’s first foray into political writing is part manifesto, part memoir, part polemic and a stand out contender for political book of 2014. Roughly chronological, Revolution follows Brand’s personal political journey from a teenager…