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Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky

Writing for PS since 2003
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Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords, is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

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    Killer Politics

    Michael Burleigh

    The sheer volume of TV series and films about assassins speaks to our morbid fascination with this dark side of politics and political history. But the fact that real-world political killings are increasingly going unpunished should prompt us to do some soul searching.

    considers the history of assassination, its abiding place in popular culture, and its comeback as a tactic.
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    A Half-Century of Endless Drug War

    Helen Clark, et al.

    With his evidence-based, public-health approach to drug policy, US President Joe Biden is signaling that America’s longstanding strategies of repression and punishment have failed. The US should also champion a similar shift toward harm-reduction policies internationally.

    welcome the Biden administration’s emphasis on harm reduction rather than repression and punishment.
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    America’s Longest War

    Fifty years after US President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” America’s strategy of repression has succeeded only in increasing violent crime, corruption, preventable disease, and incarceration. But what should replace this tried-and-failed prohibitionist approach if President Joe Biden’s administration decides to abandon it?

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