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Book launch: Equal Opportunities Revolution, by James Heartfield, 6.30pm, Thursday 25 May, at The Union Club 50 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EQ

Heartfield in the news ... and on the blogs

22 March, a talk at the Liverpool Salon
10 Feb., On the Green Belt
25 Jan 'When is it ok to punch a fascist?'
9 Jan 2017, 'We're Doomed!' on climate alarmism
9 Dec. review of Josie Appleton's Officious

1 Nov On the European Left

4 Oct They Shall Not Pass: the Battle of Cable Street 80 years on

23 Aug Corbyn’s right, it’s time to disband NATO

24 June, interviewed in Pravda
24 June, Workers reject EU, for New Geography
21 June, The European Union has failed, Sheffield History Matters
27 April, for a 100-mile wide London
1 April, review of the film High Rise
5 Feb, reviewing David Aaronovitch's Party Animals
19 Jan, on Council Estates and Housing Bill
25 Nov, Liam O'Ruairc reviews Who's Afraid...
25 Nov, 'Osbourne is right...' for Sp!ked
11 Nov, You Can't reform the EU, for Sp!ked

3 Nov., London book launch, with Kevin Rooney
18 Oct, debating Paul Bew at Battle of Ideas
14 Oct, Irish World on Who's Afraid...
12 October, No, the Suffragettes were not Racist
26 Sept., My book The Aborigines' Protection Society, is 'a stellar job', says the Human Rights Review.
11 June, panel for Bow Arts, and quoted in the Sun

27 May, on slavery, for Worldwrite
2 May, on the Stalinist legacy, for Socialist Project
28 April, on Gentrification in Brixton, and also on council housing
8 April, a talk on CLR James and WWII
30 March, we need 260,000 new homes a year, but the government won't build them
24 March, obituary of Lee Kuan Yew
Reviews of The Aborigines' Protection Society in Victorian Studies and The Journal of Human Rights
9 Jan, 2015, obituary for Ulrich Beck
A review of The Aborigines' Protection Society in Critical Muslim, March 2013
10 Dec, 'The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society', a talk for the history seminar series at Northumbria University
27 Sept, 'What Happened to Agency?' a talk for the Leeds Salon
17 July, How the Tories ignited the paedophile panic
9 July, The sex ring at the heart of the British establishment
19 June, Operation Lollipop - Trolls v Twitter feminists
12 June, On Anti-Homeless Spikes
2 June, a Review of Comics Unmasked at the British Library
20 May, Why no New House-building?
9 May, Reviewing Richard Seymour's book Against Austerity

4 April, Talking about Tony Cliff's contribution, with Tarek Shalaby and Thomas Willis, Platypus Convention, Chicago

31 March 2014 - Leeds Salon
9 March, I am on the front cover of Art Monthly
1 March Interviewed for Dust magazine
2 Feb., The Debate over Intersectionality
31 Jan., Goodbye Chauvinism, on WWI for Review 31
29 Jan. 2014 Further Adventures in Intersectionality on the left's nuttiness
31 Dec., Bash Street Trots - the SWP splitters
27 Nov., Intersectional? Or just Sectarian - an essay
25 Nov.,Why greens love high fuel bills
19 Nov., Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 150 years on for Spiked

13 Nov. My adventures in Liverpool
31 Oct., I am interviewed by Gulf Times on Unpatriotic History...
21 Oct., reviewing Chandler's Freedom vs Necessity in IR
8 Oct., The Energy Crisis, for Spiked
2 Oct., Me and Ian Parker debate Freud and Childhood
1 Oct. Unpatriotic History... reviewed by Ian Birchall for the London Socialist Historians
30 Aug., EU & End of Politics reviewed in Spiked
17 July, Time to face the housing crisis in Spiked
11 July, On domestic violence, in Spiked
1 July, reviewed in Socialist Standard
Previous entries
The British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society

‘an excellent book which narrates for the first time, and in fine-grain detail, the works, ideals, tensions and shifts of the Anti-Slavery Society. Enthusiastically recommended.’ — Robbie Shilliam, Reader in International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

‘Heartfield’s important and meticulously-documented account shows clearly how the intertwining of ideals and interests in the original abolitionist movement produced the convergence of liberal anti-slavery and British imperialism in the following century.’ — Nicholas Draper, University College London

For a short time only, discounted at £29.99

Amazon UK, for Kindle, Amazon US, or buy it now, for £11.99

'James Heartfield’s groundbreaking new book' Daniel Ben-Ami £15.99, inc. postage, by PayPal

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The Aborigines' Protection Society: Humanitarian Imperialism in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, South Africa, and the Congo, 1836-1909, Hardback ISBN: 9781849041201 £25.00 (UK) $45 (US)
(full page)
'a major, well-written, and closely research contribution to the study of nineteenth century British colonialism' Geographical, Nov 2011
'James Heartfield has grasped the nettle to give us a cogent, elegantly written overview of the society and its history to 1909', Journal of Pacific History, Dec 2012
'a compelling book, rich in historical detail', Aboriginal History Vol 36, 2012
'Heartfield's book is set to become a foundational text', according to Settler Colonial Studies
Douglas Lorimer in Victorian Studies Volume 56, Number 3, Spring 2014
Caroline Shaw in The Journal of Human Rights 06 Jan 2015
Critical Muslim
, March 2013

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Also available from: Amazon UK <> Amazon US <> Borders Aus <> Amazon CA


Let's Build!

Why we need five million homes in the next 10 years

is published by Audacity on 23 September 2006
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Articles on Let's Build
Gordon Brown's Eco Towns Con Spiked, 7 April '08
Farewell to the City
a paper to the Rural Futures Conference, published in Spiked 4 April 2006...also available in Italian
Interdependent we stand, divided we fall,
'Herbert Girardet and the plastic concept of sustainability' in Rising East online, January 2006
'Londonostalgia', Blueprint, September 2004.

Who's afraid of the Thames Gateway?
Spiked 6 January 2006
City, suburbs and snobs
Spiked 30 November 2005
The government must stop finding reasons not to build new homes Guardian 21 February 2005
Confusing signals in the housing debate
and New communities, same old problems, Times Educational Supplement, 14 January 2005
All talk and no bricks, Spiked, 26 January 2005
Concrete over the Countryside, Blueprint, January 2002
Mouthpiece of the economically informed left in Britain' Sebastian Olma
'One of the most important commentators on design' Nick Bell

Writer and lecturer James Heartfield is a director of the development think-tank, audacity. He lives in north London with his wife and two daughters
E-mail james@heartfield.org


'A book that I would nominate for Isaac Deutscher Prize of 2013'
Louis Proyect
'Strong stuff, and in sharp contrast with today’s best-selling histories', Patrick West
Pat Mills
'highly recommended as a useful corrective to World War Two history' Socialist Standard
'a trenchant and sustained demolition of the People’s War mythology' Neil Davenport, Sp!ked
'a compelling and fascinating analysis, demolishing conventional accounts of the War' Anti-Capitalist Initiative

Available now from Amazon UK <> Amazon US

Watch James Heartfield talking on the history of the war

Related articles:
WORLD WAR AS CLASS WAR by James Heartfield, for Mute. Another copy. In Spanish: La Guerra Mondial como Guerra des clases
'The Battle of the Books', at Spiked-online

'Those trying to get an intellectual handle on our dumbed-down society could start with James Heartfield's The 'Death of the Subject' ExplainedNew Statesman

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Read 'Postmodernism and the Subject', from the Chapter One, and Chapter 6, 'Algeria and the Defeat of French Humanism'

'This absolutely fascinating book', Raymond Tallis
'Striking and original',  Terry Eagleton

Order  The 'Death of the Subject' Explained
Review in Spiked-online

GREEN CAPITALISM: Manufacturing Scarcity in an Age of Abundance 
by James Heartfield,
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Read an excerpt

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James Heartfield on the 'creative industries':
Gordon Brown at NESTA for Mute and Spiked;
Creative London for Rising East Online;Escape the Creative Ghetto, with Chris Powell at NESTA;
Cox Report: creative accounting for Spiked;
Quoted in Larry Elliott's Better design requires better Products in the Guardian;
'Winning the European Capital of Culture bid will not re-build Liverpool's industry' Liverpool Daily Post; Chris Smith's Creative Accounting for the Guardian

On Channel 4 News, 26 Nov. 2006



How Karl Marx and the Lancashire weavers jouned Abraham Lincoln's fight against slavery 150 years ago
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Sustaining Architecture in the Anti-Machine Age,
A collection edited by James Heartfield and Ian Abley
reviewed in the Natfhe Journal

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Great Expectations
The creative industries in the New Economy

'an excellent pamphlet by James Heartfield' Guardian
Reviewed in the
New Statesman
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Clare Short, Will Hutton, Doreen Massey, Zygmunt Bauman, Paul Kingsnorth, James Heartfield and many more in Jon Pugh's new book. Buy it here.

Intellectual Currents of the Twentieth Century
'Informative introductory essays on positivism, pragmatism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, phenomenology, existentialism, and postmodernism. Includes brief biographies and bibliographies of key philosophers.' Wrote Britannica.com, who listed it amongst 'The Web's Best Sites' in the category 'Philosophy : Contemporary Ideas'.

Writing: this is a year-by-year list of James' writing


Europe, Russia and the ‘non-historic peoples' a paper to the Standing Group on International Relations, Turin, 13th September
Who is the Town and the Countryside for?,  All Planned Out: the Worldwide Impact of the TCPA, Building Centre, 19 May 2007
Interviewing Litvinenko scholarship and the New Cold War, Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University, 30 January 2007
Sprawl: the end of the town-country divide, Democracy Club, 14 November 2006
Superbia - in defence of the Suburbs,
Kingston University Suburban Studies Dayschool, September 2006
Can creativity save the British Economy?, Design Council, 21 September 2005


Creative London: an in-depth report on the GLA's creative industries, for Rising East Online
China's Comprador Capitalism is Coming Home,
Review of Radical Political Economy, Vol. 37, No. 2,  (2005)
Mao: the Untold Story, by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, reviewed. More from Spiked
The Battle of the Books: Revising the History of the Second World War Another Copy
Zombie anti-imperialists vs the 'Empire' 
Today's anti-war movement is motivated more by romanticism than a serious critique of imperialism, Spiked, 1 September 2004. Another copy.  In German
'Londonostalgia', Blueprint, September 2004. London's self-image is steeped in nostalgia
'Branding over the cracks', Critique 35, June 2004
'Capitalism and anti-Capitalism', interventions, Vol. 5 (2), 2003
'You are not a White Woman!'- Apolosi Nawai, the Fiji Produce Agency and the Trial of Stella Spencer in Fiji, 1915 scandal and rebellion in colonial Fiji, in the Journal of Pacific History, Volume 38, Number 1 / June 2003
'The economy of time', Cultural Trends 43&44
Hegel Dispirited the reification of the Other in Kojève, DeBeauvoir and Sartre, for Liverpool's Static arts organisation
'The Dark Races Against the Light'- Official Reaction to the 1959 Fiji Riots Journal of Pacific History, Volume 37, Number 1/June 01, 2002.
There is No Masculinity Crisis
in Genders Online Journal
'Algeria and the Defeat of French Humanism', Chapter six of The 'Death of the Subject' Explained, reproduced on 'Marxists.org'
Ulrich Beck, Brave New World of Work reviewed, Head and Hand, Autumn 2001
A critique of Teodor Shanin's The Russian Road
Michel Chossudovsky, The Globalisation of Poverty reviewed, Review of Radical Political Economy, Spring 2001
'The Politics of Food: Two cheers for Agri-business',
Review of Radical Political Economy, June 2000
'USA under Foreign Occupation', in Kiddrie and Wedlock (eds) The Tree of Liberty, Vol.2, John Hopkins UP, 1998, p 751


'Overthrowing the father' my review of Bettina Aptheker's memoirs is published by Spiked. More from Spiked.
Humanitarian interventionists dig in
 In his new book Anti-Totalitarianism, Oliver Kamm makes a shrill and inconsistent defence of the Iraq war. 
From unrest to uncertainty Angolan schoolchildren in Britain, Times Educational Supplement, 4 March 2005. More from TES
The government must stop finding reasons not to build new homes Guardian 21 February 2005
Confusing signals in the housing debate
and New communities, same old problems, Times Educational Supplement, 14 January 2005
All talk and no bricks, Spiked, 26 January 2005
Pitting parent against parent The case against the Parental Separation Bill, Spiked-online, 21 January 2005.
Red Lorry hitching a lorry ride with Andrew Cross to DIRFT, Britain’s unknown commercial capital in the heart of Middle England, Blueprint, October 2004
People and Places: A 2001 Census atlas of the UK on Audacity.org - more on Audacity
Building School Success
de Rijke, Marsh and Morgan's re-modelling of Kingsdale School, Prospect (Scotland) October 2004
'Fixing a hole' - Is school renovation a substitute for teaching? Times Educational Supplement, 7 May 2004
Bonfire of the investment opportunities What were so many contemporary artworks doing in a warehouse in Leyton? in Spiked 28 May 2004.
Therapy Culture reviewed
The Timid Corporation reviewed
A Servants' Etiquette guide for Channel Four
Dangerous Liaisons...
The history of teacher-student relations since Socrates corrupted the youth of Athens, TES 10 January 2003
The Rise of French Diplomacy Alternet.org, November 2002
BBC Plays Judge and Executioner Alternet.org, July 2002
Let's Build IntheSticks, January 2002
Nowhere near Enough Blueprint, September 2002
Concrete over the countryside, Blueprint, January 2002
'In Defence of Real Rights', Revolution August 2000
Culture Vultures The DTI's knowledge economy criticised.
'Elvis Lives in the Irish Trade Data', a review of Denis O'Hearn's Celtic Tiger
Smacking Parents an interview with lawyer Ruby Harrold-Claesson, on the repressive consequences of Sweden's anti-smacking laws.
United by a common hatred Nail bombs in Brixton and Brick Lane in The Times
The New 'Socialism of Fools' A Critique of Environmentalism.
Smith's task force for a spot of creative accounting Cultural economics for the Guardian
War Crime Trials in The Times
Chris Woodhead Affair in The Times
Bombing Lockerbie questioning the case against al-Megrahi. Another copy
Civil liberties and the Sex Offenders' Register
Abortion: Whose Rights? a talk for the pro-choice forum

In German

Anti-imperialistische Zombies im Kampf gegen das Empire
Politik, die der Korruption die Grube gräbt, fällt selbst hinein

Grüne Rhetorik macht Ackerland platt
Der Holocaust als Totschlagargument

Articles on the Spiked-online website

Articles in LM (1992-1999)

Heartfield's other works include

'The limits of social construction theory' in Confrontation, Vol II, No. I, A Moral Impasse: The End of Capitalist Triumphalism, Junius, 1996
'Marxism and social construction' in Marxism, Mysticism and Modern Theory, ed S Wolton, Macmillan, 1996
'Introduction' to State and Revolution, by VI Lenin, Junius, 1995

References to Heartfield's work in print