About Anthony Barnett

Anthony Barnett (@AnthonyBarnett) is the founder of openDemocracy 

Articles by Anthony Barnett

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Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Water cannon will end an era of consent

The London police want water cannon. If public opposition is over-ruled a new period of British government begins, for sure.

Don't Spy On Us - The day we fight back

A global day of action under the banner Don't Spy On Us against mass surveillance takes place on Tuesday 11 February 2014. The UK's GCHQ is an important contributor to the various programmes of bulk data intelligence gathering organised by America's NSA. Now an alliance of British organisations has come together to support Don't Spy On Us.

Scotland step by step but what about England?

The Scottish Government has outlined its vision for independence from Westminster. But what the British elite is most afraid of is that the English start to demand independence from them too...

Kick starting a movement against mass surveillance

Next week will see a public meeting in London discussing what we can do about the rise of mass government surveillance. Anthony Barnett outlines why this is a crucial issue, and why you should be there.

We are Gromit - the challenge for Ed Miliband

Can Labour give voice to the energy and anger of England, which from its health service to its fundamental liberties, not to speak of its economy, is threatened by the Coalitions embrace of global finance? Anthony Barnett posed the question to Ed Miliband in the New Statesman's special Labour Party conference edition.

Saturday morning in London and an Open University honorary degree

openDemocracy founder and long serving editor at OurKingdom, Anthony Barnett has been awarded an honorary degree from the Open University. Here's what he said in his acceptance speech.

Saul Landau, American leftist, 1936 - 2013

Marking the death of an outstanding militant of the American left: filmmaker, writer and organiser.

A defeat for Blair and his heirs

Blair's deceptions on Iraq were a central theme of last night's debate and even if Chilcot has been deliberately stalled, the House yesterday passed a damning judgement on both Blair and Cameron.

Ten years ago today in Baghdad

Ten years ago today in Baghdad a terror attack blasted apart the UN headquarters in Iraq... At the moment of the explosion Gil Loescher and Arthur Helton were sitting down to interview Sergio Vieira de Mello for their joint openDemocracy column....

openDemocracy as a digital commons

Anthony Barnett, a founder of openDemocracy, explains how the idea of the commons has increasingly informed his thinking about both digital media and the emerging struggle against a global regime of commodification.

The fight for the square - Tahrir, Sol, Wall Street, Taksim

“The fight for the square is turning people into something new, whatever one thinks of what can happen after…”, a conversation with Annalena di Giovanni.

Occupy Runnymede: Six reasons why the British Establishment hates the Magna Carta

On Magna Carta day, 798 years after the Magna Carta was signed by King John, what is there to celebrate?

The Battle for Taksim Square and the Gezi Park Commune

A report from Istanbul on the historic explosion of opposition to Turkey's leader

The Lib Dems and lobbying, an undeclared interest

As another corruption and illegal lobbying scandal hits Westminster it turns out the Lib Dems may have a vested interest in not reforming the system.

The sadness of terrorism

Here we go again - London's atrocity exemplifies the banality of terrorism and the banality of the responses to terrorism

A Staggering Century - and the New Statesman you never saw

He was a contender! openDemocracy's co-founder looks back to his frustrated attempt in 1986 to be made editor of Britain's formost leftwing weekly, the New Statesman, as he celebrates its revival on its 100th birthday. See what it might have been.

Thatcher and the words no one mentions: North Sea Oil

Britain will never recover from being saved by Margaret Thatcher.

Shocked but not Awed – openDemocracy and Iraq

Soon after it started openDemocracy was plunged into the war on terror and the preparations for the Iraq war. They defined its editorial approach. oD's founding editor looks back to argue that so much more remains to be done.

From Iraq to Hacked Off – ten years of Britain trying not to change

Still they continue to caricature and minimise the opposition at the time as they sense the threat to the balance of power. But the fact is this. Without the battering ram of the Murdoch press especially, and media generally, the UK Parliament could not have voted for the Iraq invasion.

Self-determination and the Falklands

Drawing on his new edition of Iron Britannia, a veteran critic of Parliament's war over the Falklands says that today's 'referendum' of 1,600 islanders is a sad projection of British dreams. 

Lis Howell speaks out on the BBC & Dan Hind on her adversaries

OurKingdom contributor Lis Howell speaks out on making the BBC accountable as the men around her say all it needs is better leadership.

Truth and the BBC

The BBC was profoundly damaged by the Blair government's successful attack upon it over Iraq. Since then its senior managers have regarded truth as something to be handled not investigated. Could this loss of integrity underly its recent disasters?

OurBeeb forum session 1: funding and the licence fee

On 31 October 2012, OurBeeb held a day-forum at King’s College London to discuss the future of the BBC. Full audio and video highlights start with a discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting. 

OurBeeb forum session 2: accountability and the Savile scandal

The second session of OurBeeb’s day-forum at King’s College London asked Gerald Kaufman, Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett to present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC, fit for the digital age. 

The Coming Dictatorship of Britain

The UK's coalition government of Tories and Lib Dems have now pushed through legislation creating secret courts that will protect the State at the whim of Ministers and the Secret Services. It is an outrage.

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