Colm Tóibín reviews Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love by Sheila Rowbotham
a fine essay and good introduction to the life
, thought and work
of "the poet, socialist, free-thinker and sexual rebel" of high Victorian England, Edward Carpenter.
Only China can destroy socialism. Qin Hui
, one of the country's most important public intellectuals, argues "China's rampant state-dominated, welfare-lite capitalism could so undercut competitors that it could threaten the social democratic traditions that underpin the West." [As ever, via.]