William Davies is the Academic Director at the Centre for Mutual and Employee-Owned Business, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. His most recent book was Waiting for Crisis (2009).
Politics has become about questions of life and death again in a way that blows a hole in a key aspect of the Hobbesian liberal project, which is that unless you declare war, politics would not be shaped by mortal concerns.
The slogan “take back control” was a piece of political genius. It worked on every level between the macroeconomic and the psychoanalytic.
There is a difference between “neoliberal markets” and “free markets”; if the Left wants to offer plausible economic solutions today, it needs to reconnect with its critique of the former, and make its peace with the latter.