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Why the Labour movement should embrace a shorter working day

Posted in Idle Thoughts, Member area, News on 18 October 2013

Here is Bernard Marszalek’s a review of Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream by Benjamin Hunnicutt. The book examines the history of campaigns in the US – often successful – to introduce a shorter working day. Marszalek urges the labour …

Podcast Recording of Albums Club 2: Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard a True Star

Posted in Podcasts on 20 June 2013


The second instalment of our monthly albums club saw us discussing Todd Rundgren’s classic album A Wizard a True Star in the company of Rock’s Backpages editorial director and music writer Barney Hoskyns alongside former Auteur Luke Haines.…

Podcast: Ronald Hutton on the history of festivity in the British Isles

Posted in Member area, Podcasts on 12 December 2012

The Idler Academy’s Christmas Lecture was this year delivered by Professor Ronald Hutton. It was given on Tuesday 11 December 2012. The subject is Festivity in the British Isles, and it’s a fascinating tale of sex, death, maypoles, and the …

A Revolution in Retail: Tom Hodgkinson on why shopkeepers are the real anarchists

Posted in Announcements, News on 2 December 2012

CLICK HERE to read Tom Hodgkinson’s column in the Independent on Sunday today on why the petty bourgeois are the real revolutionaries of our time.…

The Moneyless Manifesto Book Launch

Posted in Announcements, Idle Thoughts, News on 27 November 2012

We at the The Idler Academy were recently privileged to host the launch of Mark Boyle’s book, The Moneyless Manifesto (Permanent Publications).


Here is Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson introducing the book with a rendition on the ukulele of the …

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