Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Six of the Best 389

"What, in the end, is so marvellous about ‘hardworking people’?" asks Glen Newey on the London Review of Books blog.

Sam Freedman explains why he no longer believes schools in the state sector should be run for profit.

Frank Furedi defends privacy on Spiked: "The separation of the public and private spheres has been essential for the emergence of the modern individual. People’s aspiration to autonomy and identity cannot be entirely resolved in the public sphere. The private sphere not only provides a potential space for reflection, but also for the development of personality. Intimate relationships require privacy if they are not to disintegrate under the pressure of public scrutiny. Whatever problems might exist in the private sphere, having such a sphere is the prerequisite for the exercise of meaningful freedom."

Ed Mayo writes on recent advances for community and co-operative energy initiatives.

"It is the definitive cult film partly down to Alex Cox’s introduction to it in its 1990′s screening on Moviedrome. It’s a genre film which, for some reason, instantly allows it entry into the pen of cult films but its genre is somewhat odd. Of course, down to its bare bones, The Wicker Man is a horror yet it’s not until the final ten minutes of the film that it becomes so." So says Celluloid Wicker Man.

dianajhale celebrates the 400th anniversary of the opening of the New River - an artificial waterway cut to bring fresh drinking water from Hertfordshire to London.

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