Archive | July, 2008

Privatizing war

I recently interviewed Stephen Armstrong for Faber about his new book, War plc. The book takes the reader into the world of the private security companies, which have mushroomed in the last few years to the extent that the military effort in Afghanistan and Iraq would be impossible without them. The development is not accidental. […]

Continue Reading · 16 July 2008 · history and politics, podcasts

What’s the big idea?

In May I made a number of recordings for this year’s Bristol Festival of Ideas, a series of very popular events which brought some high-powered thinkers to the city to stimulate discussion on subjects as diverse as the legacy of ’68 to why the human brain is not quite ‘fit for purpose’. I’m editing my […]

Continue Reading · 4 July 2008 · history and politics, podcasts, religion and belief, science and philosophy, technology and communication