Phillip Blond has been described as the 'philosopher king' of the Conservatives. He argues that current political models on both Left and Right have failed, leading to an authoritarian central state and individualist citizens. He calls for a return to mutualism, local institutions and virtue in our markets.Phillip Blond’s biography
The pamphlet What Next for Labour? is published by the think tank Demos.
After his father died from cancer, documentary-maker Adam Wishart decided to make a film about how decisions are made regarding funding expensive new drugs to prolong the lives of terminally ill patients. He observed meetings by the decision-making body NICE and followed the lives of some of the patients relying on the new drugs. His documentary raises questions about how much we are prepared to pay as a society to prolong a life by a few months, if it means cutting back on other areas such as palliative care.Adam Wishart’s website
The Price of Life will be shown on BBC Two on Wednesday 17 June at 9.00pm.
The title for Elaine Showalter’s latest book, A Jury of Her Peers, comes from a short story written by Susan Glaspell in 1917. The story questions what is meant by our peers, leading Showalter to debate representation in our juries.
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx is published by Virago.
A C GRAYLING
We should stop fretting about the financial crisis and the 'war on terror' and focus instead on the war on our civil liberties, according to the philosopher AC Grayling. He argues that we are complacently allowing our hard-won rights to be eroded in the name of security.AC Grayling’s website
Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values is published by Bloomsbury.
Start The Week sets the cultural agenda for the week ahead, with high-profile guests discussing the…