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Meghnad Desai

Member of the British House of Lords

Born in India, Meghnad Desai is a member of the British House of Lords and an emeritus professor of economics at the London School of Economics, where he taught from 1965 to 2003.

In 1992, established the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE. From 1990 to 1995, he was director and founding member of the LSE’s Development Studies Institute. In 1991, he was made Lord Desai of St. Clement Danes.

His book Marx’s Revenge: The Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism (Verso, 2002) stated that globalization would tend toward the revival of socialism. His other books include Rethinking Islamism: The Ideology of the New Terror (Tauris, 2006), The Route to All Evil: The Political Economy of Ezra Pound (Faber & Faber, 2007) and The Rediscovery of India (Bloomsbury, 2009).

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Articles by Meghnad Desai

Trump: Return to (Classic) US Isolationism

Donald Trump is a very imperfect messenger, but he heralds a lasting return to the traditional stance of US foreign policy.

October 26, 2019

High Time for Europe to Wake Up

Why it is in Germany’s own self-interest to take Donald Trump’s policy impulses on trade and defense seriously.

August 24, 2018

The Space Trump Fills in America’s Racial Politics

Trump has hit upon a unique vulnerability in mainstream U.S. politics on race and cannot be dislodged.

August 19, 2017

Smoke Chokes Delhi as Modi Reforms the Currency

Delhi pollution problem aggravates and India's Prime Minister just took the most radical decision ever to attack corruption.

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump: The Narendra Modi of America?

Two outsiders in India and the United States, each determined to tackle their country’s exhausted political establishment.

April 27, 2016

After Paris: Long Cycles in Politics and History

The world still awaits a resolution of the end of the Ottoman Empire, Caliphate or not.

November 16, 2015

Greece: What Lies Ahead?

To protect the weak, Syriza has to extend a hand to the powerful, especially foreign investors.

July 7, 2015

UK Conservatives and Labour Should Form Grand Coalition

A German style solution is needed to handle the fracturing of UK politics.

May 1, 2015

Why Greece Needs a Referendum

And why Germany should welcome it this time.

March 13, 2015

Greece: Exiting the Euro Or Not?

The Greek people and the German government may favor the same option.

January 6, 2015

The Centennial Crisis Cycle and the Middle East

How the West is implicated in the current fires burning in the Middle East.

October 13, 2014

10 Reasons To Oppose Scottish Independence

Scotland’s independence would hurt Europe.

September 17, 2014

American Anger and the Tea Party

A member of Britain's House of Lords explores the sources of Tea Party anger.

October 15, 2013

America, Enjoy the Downward Slide

Can the United States sustain its power? Even more relevant is the question, Is it worth it?

August 16, 2012

Not a Global Crisis, But the West’s (And Keynes Can’t Help)

Why is the current economic crisis in Europe and the United States likely to be unresponsive to Keynesian solutions?

June 27, 2012