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Yes, we probably need to better define “neoliberalism”

01/09/2016

Well. Twitter seems to be in a bit of a state. That’s not new. But this week’s debate is over whether neoliberalism is really a thing. Related Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Bias (27 Aug 2016) Anti-vaccination and Corbyn: a discussion (22 Jul 2016) 2012 – The London Paralympics (21 Sep 2015)

2009 – H1N1

31/08/2015

25 April 2009 – Geneva Overall … I consider [the British government’s] response to have been proportionate and effective. There is much good practice on which to build. I heard nothing but praise and admiration from those interviewed for the health service and health protection staff right across the UK who led the response to Read More

2008 – The Great Recession

24/08/2015

29 September 2008 – New York The economic climate of the early twenty-first century will be explained with reference to the stock market crash in 2008. Because exactly the same circumstances that allowed the economy to grow so much over the 2000s led to the recession that continues to affect the Western world. Related Posts1993 Read More

2003 – The Iraq War Protests

20/07/2015

15 February 2003 – Various Despite the numbers, the war went ahead anyway. The images over the following years became almost as iconic as those of the millions marching through London and other cities. Bush in front of the “Mission Accomplished” sign; the toppling of the Saddam statue; the subsequent trial and execution. The question Read More

2001 – September 11

06/07/2015

11 September 2001 – New York, Arlington, VA, Shanksville, PA The terrorist attacks on “9/11” were horrific. The sheer scale of the damage, the cultural significance of the targets, and the fact that this exposed the vulnerability of “the most powerful nation on Earth” made most of the Western world uneasy. Whatever the geopolitical position Read More

2000 – The Millennium Bug

29/06/2015

1 January 1900 – Earth Technology can become obselete. That in itself doesn’t seem to be too contentious a statement. Just ask coopers, smiths and thatchers about how business has been going lately. But the furore over the “millennium bug” or “Y2K” showed just how dangerous this can be when every major administrative system in Read More

1999 – The Columbine High School Massacre

22/06/2015

20 April 1999 – Columbine Last week, it was fortunate coincidence that I had planned to write about Google the weekend after getting back from a conference on the history of the Web. This week, it’s utterly depressing in the wake of the Charleston shootings that I should be writing about Columbine. School shootings are Read More

1998 – Google, Inc.

15/06/2015

4 September 1998 – Menlo Park Hoover, Xerox and Coke have come to mean vacuum cleaner, photocopier and cola in colloquial English. Such was the success of those brands, either as inventors or popularisers of day-to-day products that we use their trademarks more than the more generic terms; even when Vax, Epson and Pepsi are Read More

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