Thank you all for coming to the People’s PPE launch event!
Please find below a reading list, with some notes, recommended and inspired by our three guests.
A must-see conversation between our Owen Jones and Peter Oborne, recorded about a fortnight before our event. Topics include: Foreign policy, Dissident traditions, Jeremy Corbyn, and an emerging ‘soft apartheid’ in Britain.
Owen Jones – Reading List
- Owen Jones: The Establishment and how they get away with it (book).
- Owen Jones: The Establishment (youtube). Lecture and discussion at Durham University
‘The Establishment’ is central text for this topic: “Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest challenge to our democracy today”.
- Owen Jones: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (book).
- Owen Jones: Interview with Russell Brand (youtube). Covers democracy, capitalism, and popular disenchantment with politics.
Peter Oborne – Reading List
- Peter Oborne: ‘The Rise of Political Lying’ (book).
- Peter Oborne: ‘The Triumph of the Political Class’ (book).
Both books provide a devastating account of the rise the ‘Political Class’, who serve themselves, rather than the public, at the cost of our democracy.
Peter has also authored a number of very important articles outlining issues raised in our discussion. They are as follows:
- ‘Why I have resigned from the Telegraph’, Open Democracy (article)
- Peter Oborne’s submission to the Leveson Enquiry (a must read!)
- ‘David Cameron Truly is Heir to Tony Blair’, Open Democracy (article)
- ‘Does Britain Have a Free Press?’, Open Democracy (article)
- ‘HSBC, Muslims and Me’, BBC Radio 4 (iPlayer)
Peter has recommended three further texts for the reading list. The first two are related to one another, and deal with the notion of a ‘Cartel Party’ – a single party that governs the state, even if there is an illusion of two or more prominent parties. These two texts are as follows:
- Peter Mair: ‘Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy’ (book).
- Richard Katz and Peter Mair: ‘Changing Models of Party Organisation and Party Democracy: The Emergence of the Cartel Party’ (journal article).
- Chapter 1 of ‘Ruling the Void’ is available online.
- Seventeen years after the original article, both Mair and Katz have restated and refined their theory in this succinct article.
- Peter Oborne reviews the above two texts in an article in the Daily Telegraph; the popularity of this article led to a new reprint of Mair’s book!
- Joseph Ward has also neatly summarised the two texts and Peter Oborne’s own position in: ‘Political Disenchantment and the Roots of the Cartel Party’.
Finally, the third text recommended by Peter Oborne outlines the British history of dissent against foreign policy. Peter Oborne has argued that Jeremy Corbyn, far from being a historical anomaly, continues this very long and proud British tradition:
- AJP Taylor: ‘The Troublemakers: Dissent Over Foreign Policy 1792 – 1939’ (book).
Dr. Layli Uddin – Reading List
Dr. Layli’s talk covered the life and times of Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani – otherwise known as the ‘Red Maulana’. He was the founding father of the Awami League, the current ruling party of Bangladesh. Though instrumental in mass mobilisation, anti-colonial resistance and winning elections for the Awami League, he never held any formal political positions.
- A concise introduction to Maulana Bhashani
- Maulana Bhashani’s wikipedia article
- A short video of Maulana Bhashani
Dr. Layli’s book on Maulana Bhashani is still to be published, though her work can be found here:
- Layli Uddin: ‘Maulana Bhashani: The Lessons of Freedom’ (article)
- Amitav Ghosh: Interview with Layli Uddin (article).
Interestingly, though Maulana Bhashani is the founding member of the current ruling party, and convened its first meeting, his legacy has been dropped from the National Curriculum of Bangladesh.
If you have any more recommendations, questions or comments – do leave a note in the comments section!